Earlier this week Triple H hinted at an announcement on his official Twitter account and on Friday he finally revealed that NXT was coming to Brooklyn.
WWE will be hosting their annual SummerSlam event at the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, New York and this marks the first SummerSlam event to take place outside of the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California since 2008.
CHANGE OF VENUE
SummerSlam is always an exciting time of the year on the WWE calendar as big matches usually take place, and this year fans have more of a reason to be excited as the SummerSlam weekend in general will have a lot more to offer.
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This year, NXT will be hosting a live TakeOver special on the WWE Network which will also take place at the Barclays Center.
NXT HEADING TO BROOKLYN
This will mark the first ever TakeOver special to not take place at the usual location at Full Sail University in Florida, and the pressure will be on the NXT stars to leave a lasting impression.
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Whilst SummerSlam will be expected to be a sell-out as usual, NXT will have a tougher task at hand by trying to sell out around 18 to 20,000 seats compared the lesser numbers in attendance at Full Sail University.
But with the increasing popularity of NXT on a weekly basis, a lot of fans will be looking to attend the event as they won’t need to travel to Florida for this event.
But NXT will face a tough task. The previous events have had almost all of their star names available from the earlier days of Bo Dallas, Neville and Sami Zayn to the newer additions in Finn Bálor, Hideo Itami and Kevin Owens.
This time, don’t expect to see Sami Zayn compete as he is expected to return in 2016 so that’s one huge name who won’t be competing. Secondly, Hideo Itami is expected to miss around six months of in-ring action so that’s a second big name unavailable.
Kevin Owens is a tricky one. He’s now a main roster star and he is expected to drop the NXT Champion to Finn Bálor at The Beast in the East event on the WWE Network. Unless he gets a rematch with Bálor at the event or even takes on Samoa Joe, he will also be unavailable.
This means the likes of Becky Lynch, Charlotte, Sasha Banks and Bayley will have the perfect opportunity to headline the event whilst it also provides other stars a platform to impress, especially Tyler Breeze as he deserves to be on the main roster and perhaps one final stand out performance will be enough to do that.
Whatever takes place on the night itself, it’s surely going to be a a huge milestone for NXT and it’s stars.