NXT TakeOver: The End may be in the books, but attention is already turning to the highly anticipated Back to Brooklyn event at the Barclays Center, the night before SummerSlam.
There’s still a lot of time until the event kicks off, and NXT needs to start building feuds and matches right now so there is enough hype and excitement surrounding the event, especially since the WWE draft could impact the roster.
It’s unclear right now as to which avenues the WWE will go down regarding potential match-ups, but here are the ones I believe must take place at TakeOver in August.
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THE REVIVAL © VS. JOHNNY GARGANO & TOMMASO CIAMPA – NXT TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS
The Revival pulled out with a huge surprise earlier this month when they dethroned American Alpha to become the first ever two-time champions on NXT, and now the challenges will continue to come thick and fast.
There’s always a chance that American Alpha could get their rematch and a final send-off at the massive event, but I feel it could be a perfect time to put the limelight on others. The Revival are consistently impressive so any match they’re in is always technically sound, and their opponents need to be quite similar.
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For a while now, fans have been behind Johnny Gargano, and Tommaso Ciampa and they haven’t caught their big break, despite not being signed with the company on a full-time basis. They’ve already beaten the current champions, and it’s obvious they’d have the entire NXT Universe behind them, and competing at a stage like this could set them up for a brighter future.
It’ll be a nice change for the fans, and it’ll be a big test to see how Gargano and Ciampa can fare on the big stage.
AMERICAN ALPHA VS. THE AUTHORS OF PAIN
Even though American Alpha may be on the main roster relatively soon, it doesn’t mean they shouldn’t appear on TakeOver as we’ve seen talent do a similar thing numerous times, most recently Sami Zayn lost to Shinsuke Nakamura two nights before competing at WrestleMania.
The big talking point regarding Jason Jordan and Chad Gable – other than the potential call-up to the main roster – is that they lost the championships before being attacked by Gzim Selmani and Sunny Dhinsa, the Authors of Pain, who have legendary manager Paul Ellering in their corner.
That’s quite an impressive way to mark a debut, and fans are still talking about what the two men can achieve on the NXT. The potential is there and the best to capitalise on that debut is to have a match at TakeOver against the men they destroyed.
American Alpha wouldn’t need a victory here, this would be a great rub if the newcomers can pick up a massive win against the fan favourites on a huge stage, and it could set them up nicely for the future as we continue the change on NXT.
ASUKA © VS. BAYLEY II – NXT WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP
Bayley will look to reclaim her NXT Women’s Championship at least once before moving to the main roster, and Asuka doesn’t look like she’ll be dropping the championship anytime soon, especially with a lack of contenders on NXT right now.
This is the second time NXT is hitting Brooklyn, so it makes perfect sense to have Bayley have her second shot at the championship at the event. Other than Dallas, this is the biggest event on the NXT calendar and the most popular star on NXT today deserves to have a match at the end before moving on up.
This also gives NXT more time to further establish future contenders, and they’d take great inspiration from watching two of NXT’s finest athletes battling it out one last time. If the match does take place, it’s clear that Bayley won’t be walking away with the championship title in tow, but it still gives the NXT fans an opportunity to go out on a high, much like their hero Zayn at TakeOver: Dallas.
FINN BALOR VS. SHINSUKE NAKAMURA
I’m on the edge about the Finn Balor and Shinsuke Nakamura match, not that it shouldn’t happen, but I’m unsure whether they’ll save the match for TakeOver or get it over and done with on the tapings.
A bout of this magnitude should take place at a TakeOver special; it’s too good to happen on a regular episode and with the right build this match could easily be a match of the year candidate. We already know what’s on the line, this match is perfectly set up for the two of them, Nakamura wants a shot at the NXT Championship and to get it, he must go through Balor.
Again, this is similar to the Bayley, American Alpha and even the Zayn situation, a final send-off before a potential main roster call-up, and there’s no bigger way to exit than by facing Nakamura, considering he’s had his stint as champion.
If Nakamura vs. Samoa Joe doesn’t take place on TakeOver because of a Balor match-up, this puts Joe in an odd situation, because there aren’t any contenders readily available right now to take him on.
The most popular name is Tye Dillinger, but the higher ups will know that they still need a marquee name to contend for the championship, other than Balor and Nakamura there aren’t many to choose from.
The ones that should be considered are all from TNA, and whether the WWE will want former TNA stars to headline their biggest NXT event to date remains to be seen. If there’s no problem with that, then fans will be calling for Austin Aries as one of the options.
Aries has had a great start to life on NXT and has had some excellent matches as well, so there’s a guarantee that the main event would be another epic showdown. If not Aries, then Eric Young and even Bobby Roode could be in the running, they’re highly popular and are yet to make an impact on NXT, and it’d be a great way to kickstart life on NXT by challenging the champion.
Which other matches would you like to see at NXT TakeOver: Back to Brooklyn? Have your say in the comments section below.