Asuka vs. Ember Moon was alleged to be NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn’s predominant occasion
At the opening event of NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn, the main event was supposed to have been Bayley vs Sasha Banks for the NXT Women’s Championship. That was true before the match took place, and it just seemed truer since it all collapsed. Don’t take this preamble to mean that I’m here to argue that Ember Moon vs Asuka should be the main TakeOver: Brooklyn III event just because fans or women owe one to WWE: it’s more of a reminder that it was three years is on, and we’re in a similar situation where this is clearly the top title feud on the map and should be treated as such.
Asuka and Ember Moon have been fighting for months. They clashed at TakeOver: Orlando over WrestleMania weekend in a match Asuka had to cheat to win. Asuka seems to have dodged Ember a bit since then, and even attacked her after a Battle Royal in May that saw Moon incapacitated with a shoulder injury. Now Asuka can’t run away from Moon, who even managed to surprise and knock down the champion with her finisher during a section of the NXT this week, and it sure feels like Brooklyn is about to be Ember’s big moment and the end of Asukas now his record winning streak.
Conversely, for the NXT Championship, you have Bobby Roode, who entertained on TV as a total sucker, in a brand new feud with Drew McIntyre, who just recently returned to WWE, that his TakeOver debut will be in Brooklyn. This could very well become the main Brooklyn III event, but it would be a mistake: it’s not that this feud isn’t going to be entertaining, or that the match is going to be bad or anything. But the ending of Bobby Roode’s title run, if that is it, pales in comparison to the ending of Asukas, who, in addition to her Goldberg, has held an NXT title longer than anyone else in promotion history. Outperform winning streak.
Asuka vs. Ember Moon is currently the title feud on NXT, as was Bayley and Sasha in 2015. With luck, WWE will recognize this and give them the stage they deserve in Brooklyn.
- Sean Rueter got you up to speed on everything that happened in the solid episode of NXT this week, where a big dose of Aleister Black is doing Aleister Black things.
- SAnitY vs. Authors of Pain is now official for TakeOver: Brooklyn III. So think about which heel team you want to cheer on. (Me? I’m looking for the one with Nikki Cross.)
- NXT has another new cast member when Kyle O’Reilly debuted this week. You may remember it from the main ring, or you may not know it at all! Don’t be ashamed of the second part, there is a lot of wrestling out there and only so many hours a day.
- Karen Jarrett explained her public encounter with Braun Strowman, and Thursday’s rumor round-up has a continuation of the matter.
- Tyson Kidd! Backstage!
- Shinsuke Nakamura will contest Jinder Mahal for the WWE Championship at SummerSlam, and it’s been 15 years since someone who made his SummerSlam debut wrestled for that belt.
- You’d think Nakamura’s first WWE Championship game would feel bigger, but the same could be said about his entire WWE run so far.
- Speaking of SummerSlam and titles, reports of Brock Lesnar’s UFC reunion are ubiquitous.
Everyone in WWE is saddened by Bayley’s injury. Okay, maybe not Alexa Bliss, but otherwise.
This week’s Global Force Wrestling Preview wonders what’s going on with the future of the Grand Championship.
- Lucha Underground showed some returns as well as post-main gadgets that a particular worldwide stable was involved in.
- Booker T spoke to ESPN about his career and political future.
- It sounds like Io Shirai isn’t coming to WWE after all.