NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn Play By Play – Finn Balor Vs Kevin Owens

NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn play by play

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I had a lot of catching up to do before tonight’s show, but I’m all caught up. With an expected crowd of over 13,000, this should be NXT like we’ve never seen it.

Triple H started off the show thanking the crowd.

Tyler Breeze Vs Jushin “Thunder” Liger

It wasn’t that long of a match and I think the match Liger had with Jay Lethal at ROH the night before WrestleMania was better.

Liger made fun of a lot of Breeze’s mannerisms, including draping himself over the top turnbuckle. He also took a selfie with the selfie stick. He hit the tilt-a-whirl back breaker, the rolling kick, and also the Liger Bomb for the win.

Winner: Jushin “Thunder” Liger

There was a Nia Jax package.

The Vaudevillains Vs Blake and Murphy

Alexa Bliss told the Vaudevillains that they didn’t have a third. But they did. Blue Pants. Blue Pants is over like hot cakes. But I have a feeling if they exposed her even a slightly bit more, it will turn quickly.

This was a good match with a hot finish. The heat was on Aiden English for a bit of the match and he made the hot tag to Simon Gotch. Bliss tried to get involved and Blue Pants caught her. I still can’t tell Blake or Murphy apart, but one of them got a sneaky rollup on Gotch and he kicked out.

They set up their finish with the uppercut and neck breaker and the Vaudevillains are the new champs.

Winner: The Vaudevillains

Tye Dillinger Vs Apollo Crews

If you don’t know, Crews’ name is a combination of Apollo Creed and Terry Crews. Everyone else knows him as Uhaa Nation.

Crews is a ball of fire. He’s so athletic with muscles on top of muscles packed on a short frame. They gave Dillinger some offense here and maybe too much, but Crews beat him with his press slam/standing moonsault finisher.

Winner: Apollo Crews

William Regal announced the Dusty Rhodes tag team classic which is a tournament that starts in September and ends on the October Takeover show.

Baron Corbin Vs Samoa Joe

Corbin better buy Joe dinner as that’s the best Corbin has ever looked in his life.

It was a back and forth big man match and Joe made sure it was fluid. They did a striking spot which wasn’t as fluid, but still worked.

Near the end, Joe took Corbin’s finisher and then kicked out and put him in the rear naked choke for the win.

Winner: Samoa Joe

Bayley Vs Sasha Banks

There was great storytelling, excellent selling, and Sasha Banks is the best heel on the NXT roster.

The story told was that Banks was the best wrestler and that Bayley had to show toughness to beat her. And she did. Bayley sold for a long time and Sasha took her outside the ring to pull off the wrap on her previously broken hand. In a great spot, Banks had her in the Bank Statement submission and Bayley tried to reach her rope with the hurt hand. And Sasha started to stomp on it.

In a scary spot, Bayley tried a hurricanrana off the top, but Banks pushed her and she almost didn’t do the full rotation and nearly landed on her head.

Sasha jumped on Bayley from the top with her knees and landed in full pin position. I thought that was the finish.

Instead, Bayley did a reverse hurricanrana from the top rope on Banks and followed up immediately with the Bayley To Belly and got the pinfall. Excellent stuff.

Winner: Bayley

Kevin Owens Vs Finn Balor

I almost forgot this was a ladder match.

This was another good match and a good closer for the show. They worked the first 12 minutes or so of the match without even using the ladder, or at least climbing the ladder. So consider that the first half of the match.

The second half was a ladder match with lots of insane spots. Owens went ass over tea kettle on the ladder, which was different from the normal ladder bump.

And then there was this which was absolutely ridiculous.

It was a brutally physical match. Owens hit multiple powerbombs, including the one on the apron to the outside that always looks like it hurts like hell.

Near the end, Balor was at the top of the ladder and could’ve grabbed the belt. Instead, he hit the Coup de GrĂ¢ce. But then he went back to the ladder and snagged the belt.

Winner: Finn Balor

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