Welcome my Wargods to your NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn 2 MOC Prediction page. This Saturday marks the start of what will be an exciting weekend as Summerslam is just around the corner. But first WWE makes a stop in Brooklyn for their NXT TakeOver show.
Here are the matches and my predictions for this Saturdays show. Images sourced from WWE.com
The Pre-show will stream live with live results from the show starting at 8pm est, only on MindofCarnage.com.
Ember Moon vs. Billie Kay
This marks the official TV debut of Ember Moon (aka. Athena in the independent circuit). Ember Moon has been working NXT live events for a little bit now, so she’s not new to the scene completely. It’s no surprise that when a talent debuts, 98% of the time they pick up the win. It’s no different in this scenario. It’s good to see WWE introducing more stronger and well verse women competitors to the roster, and I believe Ember Moon will have a great start and career in WWE.
MOC Prediction: Ember Moon
Austin Aries vs. No Way Jose
As much as I love Austin Aries as a performer, I honestly couldn’t care less about this match. It was thrown together quickly with no real back story behind it. Jose made Austin dance, Austin got angry and attacked him. That’s really all it is. Though WWE is showing some faith in No Way Jose to pin him up against a well known talent such as Austin Aries, it’s one of those things where WWE wants their talent to show them what they got. For No Way Jose, I say bring it in this match and show why WWE should stand behind you, dancing. When it comes to winners, I feel Austin comes out on top, especially since I feel Austin will get an NXT title shot relatively soon. He needs the momentum going forward. As for Jose, this will mark a line in his career that will either make, or break him.
MOC Prediction: Austin Aries
Andrade “Cien” Almas vs. Bobby Roode
It’s glorious that Bobby Roode is in NXT. One of the top guys in TNA who made a name for himself there gets to showcase what he has on a bigger stage to a much larger audience. I’ve been a big fan of Roode and seen how his character has matured in the business. His debut in an NXT ring will be glorious especially going up against Almas (aka. La Sombra)
Let’s face it though, when it comes to both of these men, Roode is the one taken the most seriously, especially since he doesn’t come out dressed as a male pole dancer ready to shake his junk in front of your face for a $1 bill. So in all honesty I can’t see, nor do I want to see Andrade coming out on top in this one. Roode has the momentum going into this match and needs to keep it going out.
MOC Prediction: Bobby Roode
The Revival (c) vs. Tommaso Ciampa & Johnny Gargano
– NXT Tag Team Championship-
Tag Team Match
When it comes to this tag match, I’m expecting a tough and aggressive match from both teams. Ciampa & Gargano have been on a great streak so far, as have the Revival. So both teams in my opinion are heading into this match with a ton of momentum on their side. When it comes to winners, Gargano and Ciampa are in line for them, but on the other hand I feel WWE are putting a ton of focus on the Revival; especially since they’re the first ever tag team to hold the tag titles twice. As much as I want Gargano & Ciampa to win, i honestly feel the Revival will pull a trick out of their hat and pull off a cheating victory allowing them to retain their tag team championships. By pulling off a cheap victory, you position a rematch down the line, with a possible stipulation added.
MOC Predictions: The Revival (retain)
Asuka (c) vs. Bayley
-NXT Women’s Championship-
Asuka vs. Bayley 2, a rematch from their original fight where Bayley lost the Women’s championship by being choked out. Will this happen again?
Asuka has been a force not to be taken lightly in NXT. She has shown that not only is she agile, but quick, aggressive and strong. The woman will do anything she has to out-maneuver, position and out-think the competition. I honestly feel it’s a treat to watch Asuka compete in the ring just because she breaks the mold of female competitors and does it really well. When it comes to Bayley, I won’t lie; I’ve become a fan of the hugger! Bayley has won me over because she too can be aggressive in the ring. But when it comes to this match I can’t see Bayley winning, just because she is in place to be called to the main roster really soon. I feel in a way this will mark the beginning of the end in NXT for her which is not a bad thing. She’ll be moving to a bigger platform and a bigger audience.
So when it comes to this match I will say that Asuka will remain the women’s championship and continue her dominating role in NXT.
MOC Prediction: Asuka (retains)
Samoa Joe (c) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
Here’s the big match of the night, and I can safely assume it’ll be a hard hitting one. Joe and Nakamura have taken NXT by storm as being two guy who’ve gone so far in a short time. Joe has been in NXT for a year and is already the champion and main eventing. Nakamura who came in after Joe is already one of the top notch competitors that you need to watch in NXT. Pretty much this will be a must-not miss match. When it comes to winners, it’s hard to call who’ll win this, so I’ll go based off my other predictions and say that Nakamura will win this and become the new NXT Champion making this the only title to change hands this night.
I know it’s a sad excuse to have Nakamura win just because no other titles changed hand based on my predictions, but all-in-all Nakamura is more of a veteran in the business than Joe, and I feel WWE would rather keep him in NXT for the time being. Joe is much easier to transition to the main roster than Nakamura. So because of that I say Nakamura.
MOC Prediction: Shinsuke Nakamura (New NXT Champion)
Those are my predictions for the night. What are your thoughts, do you have the same?
Here is a summary of my predictions:
- Ember Moon vs. Billie Kay – MOCPrediction: Ember Moon
- Austin Aries vs. No Way Jose – MOCPrediction: Austin Aries
- Andrade “Cien” Almas vs. Bobby Roode – MOCPrediction: Bobby Roode
- The Revival (c) vs. Tommaso Ciampa & Johnny Gargano – MOCPrediction: The Revival (retain)
- Asuka (c) vs. Bayley – MOCPrediction: Asuka (retain)
- Samoa Joe (c) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura – MOCPrediction: Shinsuke Nakamura (New NXT Champion)
You can check out the live stream for NXT TakeOver:Brooklyn 2 Pre-Show here at MindofCarnage.com 6pm EST on Saturday Aug.20 followed by the live recap for NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn 2 at 8pm EST.