Welcome to WNW’s NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn II Predictions! TakeOver will be emanating from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. This time around, we have myself, Big M, Brendan Wahl, and Joshua Tucker providing full predicts, while Moose and Zeppelin Mayers are doing quick picks. Let's get to it!
No Way Jose vs. Austin Aries
I would compare this match to Samoa Joe vs. Baron Corbin from last year's Brooklyn event. In this case, No Way Jose is in the up-and-comer spot, like Corbin was, against a veteran like Austin Aries (last year it was Joe). Aries has yet to do anything significant in NXT, and I think it's time he begin chasing the NXT Title before the year concludes. To get that chase started, Aries can go over here. Jose will recover because his career is just getting started.
CJ's Predicted Winner: Austin Aries
No Way Jose has been a mixed bag of a character for me, not being much for dancing I found his gimmick grating. However the new aggressive streak he’s been showing in this feud with A double has me more invested in him. Austin Aries hasn’t really made as big of a splash in NXT that I thought he would. The match he had with Nakamura was amazing, but for some reason, I’m having a hard time getting invested in him on NXT, however, the heel turn is helping. I expect Austin to go over here as he’s yet to win a big match on NXT.
Big M's Predicted Winner: Austin Aries
Another match where there needs to be a clear victor. This time, it's Austin Aries, who is quite phenomenal. Jose is fun but Aries needs the win more after his loss to Nakamura in that great match at the last special.
Brendan's Predicted Winner: Austin Aries
Austin Aries is a great talent and deserves this win but No Way Jose is extremely over and beating Aries would be a huge feather in his cap. Aries doesn't seem to be the type that has any problem putting people over for the benefit of the business. And No Way Jose will benefit greatly from this match with Aries.
Joshua's Predicted Winner: No Way Jose
Moose's Predicted Winner: Austin Aries
Zeppelin's Predicted Winner: Austin Aries
Andrade "Cien" Almas vs. Bobby Roode
I'm very excited for this bout. Almas has been impressive since his debut in June, so I'm looking forward to seeing more of what he can showcase. Bobby Roode has been one of my favorites since I started watching TNA in 2013, and I have no doubt that the It-Factor can leave his mark on the yellow brand. Now, this is one of those "storyline-lacking" dream matches that we've seen at many TakeOver events, but I really don't mind. This is a tough one to call because both should win. I'll go with Mr. Glorious finding a way to steal the victory.
CJ's Predicted Winner: Bobby Roode
GLORIOUS…is not quite how I would describe this match. The former La Sombora hasn’t really adapted to his new character as yet, but his ring work has been solid. I have to be honest, I was never a big fan of Bobby Roode in TNA (not even with Beer Money Inc) so honestly, I don’t see myself enjoying his NXT Run. Personally, I’d rather Almas goes over in this match as I feel he needs the win, but Roode is in line for a MASSIVE push from the get-go, so I think we all know who will win this match.
Big M's Predicted Winner: Bobby Roode
Is this one even a question? I know Almas is undefeated but this is Roode's debut on a Takeover special and he's already proven to be awesome in the ring along with having a fantastic theme song. It won't be a burial but Roode will win decisively.
Brendan's Predicted Winner: Bobby Roode
This match is tough to predict. Neither man really can afford the loss. Cien has only been in NXT for a few months and had a few matches in NXT. Which means he can't afford to lose this match. And this is Bobby Roode's debut so he can't afford the loss either. I have decided on the least damaging decision here and that's Bobby Roode cheating to win after a great match so Cien isn't hurt by the loss and can continue being pushed and Roode gets heat and continues his Glourious path in NXT.
Joshua's Predicted Winner: Bobby Roode
Moose's Predicted Winner: Bobby Roode
Zeppelin's Predicted Winner: Bobby Roode
Ember Moon vs. Billie Kay
I've heard a lot of good things about Ember Moon, so I'm very much looking forward to seeing what she can do. Billie Kay has been on a roll and it looks like the company will be using her at the top of the women's division in NXT over the next several months as the brand adjusts following the draft. I expect Ember to win her debut.
CJ's Predicted Winner: Ember Moon
It's the debut of Moon. She wins it in a semi-competitive squash.
Brendan's Predicted Winner: Ember Moon
Billie Kay has been on a roll of late but unfortunately for her she just ran into a wall known as the debuting superstar with a video package hype. I liked Athena when I watched her on Shine specials so I'm extremely interested in seeing Ember Moon perform and hope she can one day lead the NXT Women's division and be a successor to Bayley and Asuka.
Joshua's Predicted Winner: Ember Moon
Moose's Predicted Winner: Billie Kay
Zeppelin's Predicted Winner: Ember Moon
NXT Tag Team Championship Match
The Revival (c) vs. Johnny Gargano & Tommaso Ciampa
Many fans and even WWE employees are calling this to be the match that steals the show, and I think that would be a pretty good bet. Slowly but surely The Revival has turned me into a fan. Their work is top notch and they produce great matches with just about anybody. Gargano and Ciampa are the best challengers for them at the moment, especially with the Cruiserweight Classic going on. I love Dash & Dawson as champs, but I'm thinking we may see a title change.
CJ's Predicted Winners: Gargano & Ciampa
This may well be the dark horse pick of show stealing match of the night. The revival has completely won me over, and I now consider them one of the best teams in Pro Wrestling today. Their throwback gimmick adds something different to NXT every week and I expect them to find great success on the Main Roster when they get called up to Raw or Smackdown. But on the other hand, Ciampa and Gargano ROCKED the house in their recent CWC match. I expect great things from both of them. As far as picking a winner goes, for me its a toss up. But if you were to put a gun to my head…the Revival.
Big M's Predicted Winners: The Revival
This is a tricky one for me as I don't see any of these guys getting called up soon and Gargano & Ciampa did already win a non-title match which usually indicates a loss in the big title rematch. I think the Revival will win and perhaps Gargano and Ciampa will slowly break apart leading to what could be an awesome feud between the two.
Brendan's Predicted Winners: The Revival
I think this is why American Alpha lost the title so quickly was so when Gargano and Ciampa won the titles they could still be faces and they would not have to do face vs face to hurt the reactions of the 2 teams. The Revival have been great champs and are a great team but it's time for new blood in the division. Ciampa and Gargano will rock Brooklyn.
Joshua's Predicted Winners: Gargano & Ciampa
Moose's Predicted Winners: The Revival
Zeppelin's Predicted Winners: The Revival
NXT Women's Championship
Asuka (c) vs. Bayley
Creative always does a great job at making these title rematches that had a good build-up in the first place worthy of watching the next encounter. I've really enjoyed Bayley's aggressive side showing through as she pursues what could be her second NXT Women's Championship. I really didn't think The Revival would become 2-time champs, but look what happened. We are in for a treat here, but I can say with almost 99% certainly that Asuka will hold on to her belt. Look for Bayley to make her official main roster arrival soon after this show.
CJ's Predicted Winner: Asuka
Anyone else having flashbacks to the first NXT Brooklyn, where Bayley and Sasha's banks put on, in my opinion, the best Women’s Wrestling match of all time. A much so AMAZING that not even Fin Balor and Kevin Owens working a Ladder match following straight afterwards could top it. Who else thinks Nakamura and Samoa Joe are sweating bullets over the idea that they have to go out following this match. Asuka is an incredible talent, male or female she is one of the best in ring technicians today, bar none. Bayley has proven herself to be a big match player in every sense of the term, and her character, while annoying at first if you're an adult, grows on you so much so quickly that you can’t help but fall in love, and believe in her. I think it’s pretty certain that after this match Bayley will go on the main roster, so Asuka will be the one getting her hand raised. But really who cares, we just want to watch the match…on a loop, over and over again.
Big M's Predicted: Asuka
Asuka retains just because I can't see them waiting any longer to get Bayley called up. It's been long enough; time to let Bayley mix it up with Charlotte, Becky, Sasha, etc.
Brendan's Predicted Winner: Asuka
As much as I love Bayley I can't see her winning this match because Bayley is way overdue on her call up. Smackdown can really use our little hugging princess in their women's division. Asuka is a monster in NXT Women's division and will remain so after this match. What I worry about the division is the cupboard is extremely bare and needs to be rebuilt so someone is worthy of receiving the title from Asuka.
Joshua's Predicted Winner: Asuka
Moose's Predicted Winner: Bayley
Zeppelin's Predicted Winner: Asuka
NXT Championship Match
Samoa Joe (c) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
What a main event this will be! Nakamura and Joe finally clash for the first time ever, in NXT nonetheless. It was clear this match was in the pipeline once Nakamura beat Sami Zayn and Austin Aries at the last two live specials. Samoa Joe has been a fine champ, but I feel he's "done his time" in NXT and it's time for a new chapter: the main roster. Shinsuke is doing a great job and I believe it's time he gets rewarded with a huge NXT Championship win in Brooklyn.
CJ's Predicted Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura
Can you say “holy s**t”, can you say “this is awesome”, can you say “fight forever”, because I’m fairly sure 15,000 people in Brooklyn will be chanting all of those phrases over and over again when these two step in the ring. This match and the NXT Women’s Title match WILL be better than NYTHING on Summerslam (Bold statement I know, but I have zero doubt that I won’t be proven wrong). As is the case with Bayley I believe Samoa Joe is the main roster bound sooner or later, and Nakamura is easily the most over person in NXT right now. It only makes sense for the Title to change hands here after a true corker of a match.
Big M's Predicted Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura
I think Joe is set to head to the main roster pretty soon and Nakamura is definitely going there at some point. I say Nakamura wins the belt to send Joe up to the big leagues first.
Brendan's Predicted Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura
Samoa Joe has been a great ambassador for NXT and great leader for the locker room but it's time he moves on to the main roster to help bolster the talent of one of the show's rosters. And Nakamura is a perfect person to carry the torch for the next generation of NXT talent. There are many matches with Nakamura in NXT I want to see for the title.
Joshua's Predicted Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura
Moose's Predicted Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura
Zeppelin's Predicted Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura
That's it for our predictions! TakeOver definitely looks to be a must-see show. Be sure to sound off with your predictions below in the comments! We'll have live coverage of the show with our "Open Thread" tonight right here at WrestlingNewsWorld.com.