Just about a week away from Brooklyn the Third, and our card is starting to come together pretty nicely. Tonight, we've got an in-ring face to face with the NXT champion and his challenger, but before that, Nikki Cross has just taken over the ring for no reason! Wait, no, the reason is that she's calling out the Authors of Pain on behalf of SAnitY. They oblige, and she gives them the most adorable wave as they make their way to the ring. Awww. Anyhoo, this is all pretext, because Eric Young is back. He blindsides Akem(?) - yeah, let's say Akem - and zip ties him to the barricade while Wolfe and Damo work over ostensibly Rezar in the ring. Damo hits a trio of sentons before Akem busts the entire guardrail loose, but being lashed to a massive piece of steel doesn't exactly give him an advantage against three men, so they kick the shit out of him too, culminating with Damo standing on his chest and jumping into another senton. Cross runs to the back, then back up the ramp with the belts in tow. SAnitY stands triumphant, and for the first time, the AoP look anything less than invincible.
This was a great segment that went a long way toward selling me on a match that I was otherwise pretty lukewarm on. The AoP haven't been bad, but they have been boring. This shakes that up.
We get a quick recap of the Asuka/Moon segment from last week, and another Street Profit$ vignette. Then, we kick to the Aussie Mean Girl Squad. They're apparently going to give a makeup tutorial, but they see Ruby Riot wandering around in the background and decide to spend all their time talking shit about her instead. Okay, yeah, I could get behind that feud.
Back to the ring, Chris and JC, the Metro Brothers, are on their way to the ring, and I leave it to you, my readers, to decide exactly which boy band they resemble the most. Personally, I'm thinking New Kids on the Block, but I've seen a solid argument for Wham! as well. Anyhoo, they're really only out here to get served up to the Street Profit$, and Angelo Dawkins can't even make it down to the ring before I can see how much better Montez Ford is. Like, this dude is oozing charisma. The match starts, and Ford continues to outshine his tag partner so hard, that I start to feel a little bad for Dawkins. Was he just made part of this team to make Ford look even better by comparison? Ford does an incredibly cool move where he somersaults into the ring, runs the ropes, then does a quick low dropkick. Later, I'm forced to giver credit where it's due, as Dawkins nails one of the Metros with a picture-perfect spear. He brings him back to the friendly corner, and the Profit$ nail a tandem spinebuster/frogsplash combo for the win. Match Rating: I Honestly Can't Believe Dawkins Still Works Here.
We've got some additional footage from last week after they went off the air - Itami went looking for Black after the show, and they mixed it up a little bit more. That's going to get us to a match at TakeOver, and I suspect very few complaints from any of us.
GM Regal is now in the ring for our big face to face meeting. He brings Drew out first, followed by Roode, who's got a mess of security goons with him. My suspicions are quickly confirmed as Roode mentions that the goons are to keep Strong at bay. He runs his mouth a bit more, and again, it's not that I don't like Roode, per se, I just think he's a bad champion. Drew, for his part, concedes that Roode's done some big thing since he's shown up, but also points out that Roode's a bit of an ass and mostly full of shit. If it seems like this isn't going anywhere, it's because it's not. It's just marking time until - hey, there he is! It's Roddy Strong, everybody! The first words out of Strong's mouth are "Listen to me!" and I'm actively paralyzed because there are simply too many jokes for me to make here. I just, just, it's TOO MUCH. Too much for one man. You're killing me, Roddy. Anyhoo, the moment passes, and it turns out that Strong wants Roode, but doesn't especially care about the title. Roode says he'll do him one better; he'll do the match AND put the title on the line, if Strong can beat Drew in a match next week. Everybody's like, "yeah, let's do it," except for Regal, who wants to remind Roode who's in charge of this place. Regal is, for the record, THE BEST. Drew wants him to make the match, but Regal's interest is protecting the title match at TO. Roode pulls a great bit here, though, and takes it to the crowd. "WE are NXT, right?" The crowd, of course, wants the match, so Regal relents, even though he points out very specifically that this will not change the title match in Brooklyn.
Honestly, the NXT title match is probably the least interesting match on the card for me right now. I'm way more excited about the McIntyre/Strong match next week, and I still think Gargano needs to be on track for the title picture.
Hey, the Lorcan/Burch rematch is tonight! That's coming up in just a minute, but first, speaking of Gargano, he's backstage, and he's issuing an open challenge for Brooklyn. Brooklyn was very special for him last year, and he refuses to be left off the card this time. Simple, but effective.
Lorcan/Burch time! Warning, this one isn't as hard-hitting as last time, which is honestly for the best. I like these guys, and I'd rather they not actually cripple each other. In fact, the match starts out very slow, with a lot of feeling out and mat work. Burch eventually locks in a cravat, and hangs on for a while until Lorcan shoves him loose. Burch retaliates with a shoulder tackle. They do another rope run, and Lorcan attempts a leapfrog, but Burch catches his ankle and flapjacks him. Nice. Burch is the first to throw a European uppercut, but not the last, as Lorcan promptly fires back. They trade blows for a bit, until Lorcan throws Burch into the turnbuckle. We go to break, but when we come back, Lorcan is planting Burch with a very nice back suplex, followed with some chops and a classic running elbow strike. He goes for a second, but Burch gets a boot up, and follows that with a missile dropkick and an avalanche in the corner. Lorcan tries to fight out, which goes into another back and forth sequence that Burch eventually gets the best of. He hits a big German suplex and a monster clothesline that gets a two count, followed by a hanging cutter off the ropes for two. This move is called the London Bridge by Maura and the Tower of London by Nigel, and a cursory glance at Wikipedia tells me that Nigel wins this round, although Burch does both of those moves, and they are unreasonably similar (the Bridge is a DDT), so no major fault to Mauro here. Anyhoo, Burch picks up Lorcan, but Lorcan escapes and nails a European uppercut. He goes for a blockbuster, but Burch ducks it, only to eat another uppercut and then get hit with the blockbuster anyways. Okay, now we're just doing a Strong Style routine, each guy clubbing away at the other, and honestly, this is great. Lorcan comes up the winner of this exchange, trying to lock in the single-leg crab like last time, but Burch fights him on it, getting a bunch of stiff kicks to the lower back for his trouble. Lorcan gives up on the half-crab, instead locking in a full Boston crab. This looks bad for Burch, but he flips out of the hold! And reverses it into a pinning combo for three! Match Rating: These Guys Fucking Rule. After the match, Burch extends the hand of friendship, but Lorcan slaps it away. Burch is straight-up offended by this, saying "after the match we just had?!" and Lorcan reconsiders his position and shakes Burch's hand. Burch holds open the ropes for him in a massive show of sportsmanship. I don't know if we need a third match here (although I wouldn't object) to get to a tag team. There are a couple ways to go here, but I already love these guys.
Huh, that wasn't the main event. Apparently, No Way Jose vs. Andrade Almas (w/Zelena Vega) is. It's not really much of a match, actually. Basically, Almas comes out, tries to do Tranquilo a couple times, and gets an earful from Vega for it. No Tranquilo! Almas hears her, and straight beats the shit out of NWJ. It's a slaughter once he kicks into gear. He hits the running double knee (no taunt), and goes for a lazy cover, but Vega yells out, no shit, "Finish Him!" and Almas nails a wicked Hammerlock DDT for three. Now, he can be Tranquilo. Match Rating: Actually, A Really Good Showcase For Both Almas And Vega.
Almas and Vega make their way up the ramp, but Vega heads over to commentary. See, she heard Gargano's challenge earlier, and seeing as how Almas is great and needs to show the world how great he is, they're going to take Gargano up on his offer.
Alright, then. That means the show so far is: Roode v. McIntyre Asuka v. Moon AoP v. SAnitY Black v. Itami Gargano v. Almas
and we'll maybe get an Aussie v. Ruby Riot next week. Even if the NXT championship is the least interesting match on the card, that's still a rock-solid show. Things are looking real good, here.
Originally posted by texasranger9Nxt title still the main for Brooklyn 3 or do they give it to Moon/Asuka?
It better be Moon/Asuka. It's probably time for Asuka to move up, I'd like her to do it without ever losing but I don't think it's being set up that way. Hopefully, they add Lorcan vs Burch 3. Other than that this card doesn't excite me much. I'm ready to move on from Roode and sAnity era and move everyone else up a notch.
I'm also really looking forward to Dijak, but that's probably still a bit off.
There are rumors of a post SS "superstar shakeup" again, so I think the proper ending would be Ember & Asuka, Ember finally winner, Asuka getting her swan song roster on the stage exit. Also their story is infinity more interesting than the snorefest of Roode & Drew.
Check out the promotional art for Backlash: http://www.wwe.com/shows/backlash/ That's excellent. Really good homage to The Shining. I made that my desktop wallpaper. If only the Backlash card were half as good as that Edge pic.