Posted August 19th, 2016 by 1Wrestling News Team


By Don Murphy

Arguably the most anticipated show of SummerSlam weekend, NXT will be once again taking over Brooklyn’s Barclay Center, in what should be an outstanding card. Since last year’s Takeover Brooklyn show, several of NXT’s top acts have moved on to the main roster and we now have a new cast of characters. It will be interesting to see them showcase their craft on the big stage in front of a crowd that will applaud great work, but will loudly let you know if your work is not up to par. I will have the pleasure of being there live (my first live NXT show) and I am looking forward to watching the action unfold.

Six matches are on the main card, including three title matches. I’m also anticipating that there will be some undercard matches for the weekly TV show, but all in all, a nice well-rounded show on paper. Let’s run down the card….

Main Event: Samoa Joe defends the NXT World Heavyweight Title against Shinsuke Nakamura

Analysis: From a wrestling standpoint, this should be the most anticipated match of the night. The “sitdown” interview with the two, on this past week’s television show, did a nice job of setting the stage, as the storyline up to this point has been a little flat. It will be interesting to see if Joe, who is capable of a “big match performance” can deliver here, given his advanced age and slowed mobility. For Nakamura, if he can combine NXT’s style of wrestling with his own style, which made him a huge draw in Japan, this will be an incredible match. I’ve anticipated Joe’s stay in NXT to be fairly short, with a move to the main roster possibly on the horizon. With Nakamura’s victories over Sami Zayn and Finn Balor, I’m fairly confident he will walk away with the title, when all is said and done

Murphy Predicts: Shinsuke Nakamura wins the NXT World Heavyweight Championship

NXT Women’s Title Match: Asuka defends the title against Bayley

Analysis: Personally, this is one of the matches I am most looking forward to. Creative has done an outstanding job of building up to the rematch between Asuka and Bayley, from Bayley’s injury to her redemption feud with Nia Jax. She is one of the best pure babyface characters to come along in some time and with Asuka’s recent tactics suggesting a potential heel turn, this should be the match of the night. In the end, I’m seeing the completion of Asuka’s heel transformation, as she narrowly escapes defeat and either winning the match underhandedly, or getting disqualified. The thrill and hope of the babyface chase of the heel champion is always a box office draw and I see them getting a little more steam out of this feud before Bayley finally gains full redemption and wins back the title.

Murphy Predicts: Asuka retains the NXT Women’s Title

NXT Tag Team Championship Match: The Revival (Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder) defend the titles against Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa

Analysis: This is the other match I am looking forward to. The Revival is arguably the best tag team in wrestling today – a throwback to Arn and Ole Anderson. There are no gimmicks – just incredible wrestling. Gargano and Ciampa are a decent team – a bit clunky at first, but have melded together nicely. While the non-title win over the Revival gives this match the intrigue of a potential title change, I’m seeing creative continuing to build the Revival as a decorated tag team before moving them to the main roster. There is a small chance that we see a Gargano/Ciampa breakup, given their recent Cruiserweight Classic match, but that’s a long shot, at best.

Murphy Predicts: The Revival retains the NXT World Tag Team Championship

Singles Match: Bobby Roode makes his NXT in-ring debut against Andrade “Cien” Almas

Analysis: With the recent call-ups to the main roster, NXT needs to expand its roster depth. Almas has been solid since debuting, but really hasn’t had the opportunity to establish a real character or personality. Unfortunately, he’s positioned as the foil to the debuting Roode, which will diminish the limited credibility he has. Roode is a fine talent and it’s great that he’s finally getting the opportunity to perform on the big stage, but what has made NXT great is more exposure to young talents, while using the more established stars to get them over.

Murphy Predicts: Bobby Roode defeats Andrade Almas

Singles Match: Austin Aries meets No Way Jose

Analysis: On the flip side, while Aries is established as a top performer, given his many years on the independent scene, ROH and TNA, he’s still presented as fresh and new to the NXT audience. Jose has been presented as the flashy, light-hearted opening match act to get the crowd excited. He plays the role well and the nice part about it is that wins and losses are secondary. In the end, Aries will get a need victory as they continue to build him, while Jose can go back to being opening match flash in the coming weeks.

Murphy Predicts: Austin Aries defeats No Way Jose

Singles Women’s Match: Ember Moon makes her NXT debut against Billie Kay

Analysis: Up until this past week, this was a glorified squash match. But while Moon’s debut victory is a no-brainer, creative did a nice job giving Kay some equity over the last several weeks. The women’s division is a bit lacking right now, so the more they can do to build new stars, the better off we will be.

Murphy Predicts: Ember Moon defeats Billie Kay

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