NXT this week saw Sanity exert dominance over the NXT Tag Team Champions the Authors of Pain, and the Street Profits finally made their incredibly entertaining debut. Bobby Roode, Drew McIntyre & Roderick Strong had an explosive confrontation and the main event saw Andrade Cien Almas with the intriguing Zelina Vega take on No Way Jose.
The show opens with Nikki Cross and Sanity storming to the ring and are soon met by the Authors of Pain. Eric Young returns and helps Sanity get the upper hand, zip-tying Rezar to the barricade to single them out and proceed to viciously beat down the NXT Tag Team Champions. Rezar dragged the barricade and got himself into the ring to help his partner but only found himself falling victim to Sanity’s attack. Nikki Cross took the title belts as Sanity stood tall. Wonderful build for their Takeover Brooklyn Match.
The contract signing for Asuka vs Ember Moon for the NXT Women’s Championship is announced for next week.
Peyton Royce & Billie Kay are shown trying to give a ‘make-up’ tutorial but end up making fun of Ruby Riot who walks past; it looks like that will be the next feud for them.
Angelo Dawkins and Montez Ford finally debut as Street Profits impressing in a victory over JC & Chris, The Metro Brothers. Street Profits were incredibly charismatic and entertaining, an incredibly fun tag team with a fresh gimmick, these guys have a big future. Street Profits won with a finisher that was a pop-up spine-buster into a big splash. Hopefully big things lie ahead for these two
NXT Champion Booby Roode, accompanied by his security team, met face to face with his challenger Drew McIntyre. Bobby Roode cut one of the best promos of his career, absolutely brilliant on the mic here. Drew McIntyre responded with fire himself before Roderick Strong came out demanding he get his hands on Roode for insulting his family the way he has. With General Manager William Regal, all four men went back and forth and next week Drew McIntyre will face Roderick Strong, and if Strong wins, he will get a match after Takeover Brooklyn. An absolutely wonderful segment by all involved, McIntyre seems determined, Strong is obsessed with defending his family and Roode looks as smart and deceiving as ever. Absolutely brilliant.
Johnny Gargano is interviewed backstage saying that he is now back and on his own; that he hasn’t missed a Takeover since DIY formed and now DIY is over he’s not going to start now. He says that he wants a match at NXT Takeover Brooklyn.
Danny Burch defeated Oney Lorcan in a match just as hard-hitting and brutal as their first. These two for whatever reason work brilliantly together, their styles gel perfectly and the two men once again went to town on each other. After the match there was some tension but ultimately respect was shown between the two. With the series now 1-1, hopefully this is heading for a third and final contest.
Andrade Cien Almas defeated the ever-popular No Way Jose in the main event. A good solid main event match from start to finish, the story here was the impact of Zelina Vega (Thea Trinidad) who seems to be the one focusing Almas’ attention away from partying and towards more serious action in NXT. After the match Vega says that if Johnny Gargano wants a match at NXT Brooklyn, he’ll get one against Andrade Cien Almas.