NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn III
NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn III was a professional wrestling show and WWE Network event in the NXT TakeOver series at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York held on August 19, 2017. The event was produced by WWE for its NXT brand and streamed live on the WWE Network.
|NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn III|
|Date||August 19, 2017|
|City||Brooklyn, New York|
|WWE Network event chronology|
|NXT TakeOver chronology|
|NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn chronology|
Five matches were contested at the event. In the main event, Drew McIntyre defeated Bobby Roode to win the NXT Championship. On the undercard, Asuka retained the NXT Women's Championship against Ember Moon, which was also Asuka’s last match on NXT and Sanity defeated The Authors of Pain to win the NXT Tag Team Championship. The event is notable for the debut of Adam Cole and the reunion of the team reDRagon after both members Bobby Fish and Kyle O'Reilly made individual debuts on NXT TV. reDRagon attacked both teams in the tag team championship match after Sanity's victory, then confronted Drew McIntyre during his celebration to serve as a distraction for Cole, who ambushed McIntyre from behind to end the show.
The NXT TakeOver series of professional wrestling shows started on May 29, 2014, as the WWE developmental league NXT held their second WWE Network exclusive live broadcast billed as NXT TakeOver. In subsequent months, the "TakeOver" moniker became the brand used by NXT and WWE for all of their NXT live specials including NXT TakeOver: Fatal 4-Way, NXT TakeOver: R Evolution, NXT TakeOver: Rival, NXT TakeOver: Unstoppable, and NXT TakeOver: Respect. NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn was the first TakeOver show held outside of Full Sail University, and it has since been considered "the WrestleMania of the NXT brand". NXT TakeOver: London was the first TakeOver show held outside of the United States. NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn III is the seventeenth overall show held under the NXT TakeOver banner, the fourth held in 2017.
The card consisted of five matches that resulted from scripted storylines, where wrestlers portrayed villains, heroes, or less distinguishable characters in scripted events that built tension and culminated in a wrestling match or series of matches, with results predetermined by WWE's writers.
|Corey Graves (Tag Team Championship match)|
|Jim Ross (Black/Itami match)|
|Ring announcer||Mike Rome|
|Pre-show panel||Charly Caruso|
In the opening match, Andrade Cien Almas faced Johnny Gargano. In the end, Zelina Vega threw a DIY shirt at Gargano, allowing Almas to perform a shotgun dropkick and a hammerlock DDT on Gargano for the win.
Next, The Authors of Pain (Akam and Rezar) defended the NXT Tag Team Championship against Sanity (Alexander Wolfe and Killian Dain). During the match, Eric Young replaced Dain as a legal participant. In the climax, Dain performed a running crossbody through a table on Akam, who was holding Nikki Cross. Wolfe and Young performed a belly to back suplex/diving neckbreaker combination on Rezar to win the titles, thus ending the Authors of Pain's undefeated streak since their debut. After the match, Bobby Fish and Kyle O'Reilly attacked Sanity and The Authors of Pain, performing "Chasing The Dragon" and "Total Elimination" on Young.
In the main event, Bobby Roode defended the NXT Championship against Drew McIntyre. McIntyre performed a "Future Shock" on Roode for a near-fall. McIntyre performed a "Claymore" on Roode, who placed his foot on the bottom rope to void the pinfall at a two count. Roode performed a "Glorious DDT" on McIntyre for a near-fall. Roode performed a second "Glorious DDT" on McIntyre and attempted a third "Glorious DDT" but McIntyre countered. McIntyre performed a Glasgow Kiss and a second "Claymore" on Roode to win the title and to give Roode his first televised loss in NXT. After the match, reDRagon appeared and distracted McIntyre. Adam Cole, making his debut, attacked McIntyre along with reDRagon and performed a superkick on McIntyre. Cole hoisted the NXT Championship as the event ended.
On the August 22 episode of SmackDown Live, Bobby Roode made his main roster debut by defeating Aiden English. On August 24, Asuka relinquished the NXT Women's Championship due to a collarbone injury sustained during her match with Moon, thus ending her record-breaking reign. Her reign lasted 510 days (WWE recognizes her reign as lasting 523 days due to the episode airing on tape delay on September 6, 2017). On the September 11 episode of Raw, a video promo aired announcing Asuka's main roster debut.
|1N||Peyton Royce (with Billie Kay) defeated Sarah Logan||Singles match||4:17|
|2N||Pete Dunne and Wolfgang defeated Moustache Mountain (Tyler Bate and Trent Seven)||Tag team match||7:07|
|3||Andrade "Cien" Almas (with Zelina Vega) defeated Johnny Gargano||Singles match||13:13|
|4||Sanity (Alexander Wolfe and Eric Young) (with Killian Dain and Nikki Cross) defeated The Authors of Pain (Akam and Rezar) (c) (with Paul Ellering)||Tag team match for the NXT Tag Team Championship||12:04|
|5||Aleister Black defeated Hideo Itami||Singles match||12:24|
|6||Asuka (c) defeated Ember Moon by submission||Singles match for the NXT Women's Championship||14:50|
|7||Drew McIntyre defeated Bobby Roode (c)||Singles match for the NXT Championship||22:25|
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