NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn III Kickoff Show
The pre-show kicks off with Charly Caruso welcoming us to the show and introducing the panel joining her, consisting of Corey Graves, Sam Roberts, and Lita. They talk about the excitement of the weekend and about the WWE Network as well as for those watching the pre-show on other platforms.
The panel runs through the card before discussing which matches they're most excited for. We head backstage to Renee Young, where she'll be doing interviews throughout the evening, starting with Kurt Angle. Kurt is doing great and is glad to be at NXT for the first time. He's keeping the reason he's here close to his vest but he's looking forward to watching the show.
Angle quickly talks up Raw's half of SummerSlam and we head back to the panel for video packages and discussion of the NXT Tag Team Championship match tonight. Big E joins the panel and reminisces about his time in NXT, including stealing the five count from King Kong Bundy before discussing his tag title defense at SummerSlam tomorrow and looping right back around to the NXT tag titles.
Big E gets himself stuck on the desk propping his feet up making like he's not going to leave, and Graves has to help him manually dislodge his legs one at a time. We go backstage once again where Renee Young interviews Shinsuke Nakamura, who is wearing a Canadian tuxedo. He says that he loves the NXT vibes and feels like he's home. He's calm and ready for his WWE Championship match tomorrow, but tonight he's pulling for Drew McIntyre.
Neville joins the panel but he is definitely not happy to be here. He's been counting the hours to his rematch and this is Christmas Eve for the King of the Cruiserweights. He puts NXT over for being an important part of his story before admitting that he resents it because he wasn't rewarded with the opportunities he expected when he hit the main roster.
This shifts to the discussion of Aleister Black vs. Hideo Itami, neither of whom Neville feels attachment for but he's looking forward to the match. He talks a little bit about wrestling Black at the WWE United Kingdom Championship tournament and says Itami would be well served to use the same strategy he did.
The topic then shifts to Johnny Gargano vs. Andrade "Cien" Almas, the King offers Gargano some words telling him not to trust anyone. Ember Moon is shown walking backstage with her family momentarily before the camera cuts to Asuka also making her way backstage.
A video package for their match follows and the panel is now being joined by Carmella and Sasha Banks with a returning Lita at Charly's side. They reminisce about Sasha's time in NXT and talk about how far the women's division has come before returning their focus to tonight's NXT Women's Championship match.
They hype the Mae Young Classic then the camera shifts to Renee Young backstage where she interviews Becky Lynch and Bayley. Becky talks about how amazing it feels to be back in Brooklyn and Bayley says she's obsessed with NXT and goes to the Performance Center when she can but the venue is special to her indeed. As for her arm, she's had three sessions of physical therapy here in Brooklyn but she's getting good motion in it and they'll have a better timeframe within a month or so.
Lynch gets behind Ember Moon but Bayley is reticent to pick against the woman that sent her packing from NXT, Asuka. This leads to Becky betting for a protein bar on the outcome of the match.
The panel returns to the original members and they hype the WWE Network once again before they run through the entire card. A video package for the NXT Championship match follows, and Baron Corbin with no briefcase joins the panel for discussion of the match.
They discuss his recent misfortune and his time in NXT before moving on to his SummerSlam match against John Cena and bringing it back around to McIntyre and Roode to close out the pre-show.
NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn III Main Show
The NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn III main show kicks off with a phenomenal opening video package focusing on the history of NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn events, and then the storylines heading into the top title matches on tonight's card, especially Bobby Roode vs. Drew McIntyre and Asuka vs. Ember Moon.
We shift to a part of the Barclays Center in Brooklyn where the WWE Universe is packed into the building and chanting "NXT! NXT! NXT!" as we hear some light guitar riffs.
From there, the music kicks in and it's a full band rocking out on stage near the entrance way at the top of the ramp. The LED screens in the background read, "Code Orange," as the band continues to rock out and clips of NXT action is added in.
After the opening sequence is completed, things head down to ringside where the commentary team, led by Mauro Ranallo, welcome us to the show.
Our first match of the evening will be a singles contest, and will feature Johnny Gargano going up against Andrade "Cien" Almas.
Johnny Gargano vs. Andrade "Cien" Almas
Following the ring entrances of both Gargano and Almas, the bell rings to kick off the in-ring action at tonight's event. The fans break out into a Johnny Wrestling chant.
The two are even early on, exchanging holds and countering each others moves, with no one establishing a real lead in the match. Finally, Gargano gets Almas down to the mat and starts taking control of the action.
Gargano nails Almas with some sharp chops in the corner as the fans in the Barclays Center react. Almas counters a Gargano move attempt into somewhat of a backbreaker type of move. Almas is now taking over the offensive control of the match.
Almas now has Gargano grounded and is in firm control, pretty much a complete 180 in terms of how Gargano was controlling the action from the offset. The two hit a double clothesline on each other and now both guys are down.
After some back-and-forth action, Gargano gets Almas in the Gargano Escape in the center of the ring, however Almas ends up breaking free. Almas fighting back now, but Gargano takes back over control. Gargano sets up for the finish but is distracted by Vega throwing a DIY t-shirt at him. Almas takes advantage, hitting a dropkick on Gargano in the corner. He follows up with the big Hammerlock DDT for the 1-2-3.
Winner: Andrade "Cien" Almas
After the match, Zelina Vega and Andrade "Cien" Almas celebrate up the ramp as Johnny Gargano recovers in the ring.
RAW & SmackDown Live General Managers are in Attendance as well as other superstars
Camera shifts to a sky box where we see RAW General Manager Kurt Angle and SmackDown Live General Manager Daniel Bryan watching the show. Peyton Royce and Billie Kay are talking with Bryan while Roderick Strong is talking with Kurt Angle. No Way Jose and some others are also seen standing around.
We head backstage where we see Drew McIntyre preparing for his match against Bobby Roode for the NXT World Championship tonight in the main event of NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn III.
The video package for the NXT World Tag-Team Championship match is shown as the Tag-Team Titles is up for grabs in our second contest of the evening.
NXT World Tag-Team Championship
Authors of Pain vs. SAnitY
After the video package is shown, SAnitY make their way down to the ring. SAnitY will be represented by Killian Dain and Alexander Wolfe in this Tag-Team Title showdown. Making their way down the ring next are the current Tag-Team Champions, Akam and Rezar, The Authors of Pain.
Dain and Wolfe attack Akam and Rezar as soon as the two hit the ring. Eventually, The Authors of Pain gain the upper hand and send both Wolfe and Dain out to the floor.
Akam and Rezar decide not to wait, as they bring the fight to Dain and Wolfe out on the floor. Eric Young is shown pulling a table out from underneath the ring. The referee tries to calm things down so he can ring the bell to officially start the match.
Finally, Akam brings Wolfe into the ring and the referee rings the bell to officially start the match. Akam takes it to Wolfe and then tags in Rezar. The two briefly double-team Wolfe before Rezar takes over on his own.
Young starts jumping up on the apron and takes a tag from Wolfe instead of Dain. Apparently he is taking Dain's spot in the match. Akam ends up clotheslining him over the barricade. Young ends up pulling Rezar into the crowd where a brawl ensues. Eventually, the action makes it into the ring where The Authors of Pain double-team Eric Young.
Rezar and Akam take turns tagging in and out, occasionally doing some double-team offense, on a grounded Eric Young. Young has been unable to tag out and has been taking a beating ever since putting himself into the match.
Rezar and Akam go to double team Young off the top rope but Nikki holds onto Young, so instead, the two end up taking a big spill onto the canvas by themselves. Young gets a close pinfall attempt in off of this spot.
Young ends up hitting a big dive on both guys. Wolfe follows in next with a big dive of his own. Nikki goes to do a dive but Paul Ellering stops her. As Ellering is being sent out, Nikki goes to the top. Akam catches Nikki as she leaps off the top and holds her. Dain charges and sends Nikki and Akam through the table that Young had previously set up. The crowd loved that. They break out into a This Is Awesome chant. Wolfe tags in and the two double team Rezar. Wolfe covers him and gets the 1-2-3.
Winners and New NXT World Tag-Team Champions: SAnitY
After the match, we see some replays of the action and the finish. We head back live to the arena to see the reactions of both the winners and losers until Kyle O'Reilly and Bobby Fish show up and take out everyone in sight. They leave everyone laying as the crowd in attendance at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn goes nuts.
Kyle O'Reilly and Bobby Fish (reDRagon) collect the tag titles and hold them over the fallen champions before taking their leave.
Neville is shown hanging out in the crowd and he was not any happier than he was when he was on the Kickoff Show panel earlier. Shinsuke Nakamura and Kalisto are also shown as part of the crowd, however, they are very much ecstatic in the section where they are seated.
WWE Hall Of Famer Jim Ross comes out to join the commentary team, as he will be a guest announcer for this one-on-one contest.
Hideo Itami vs. Aleister Black
Our third match of the evening features Aleister Black versus Hideo Itami. The band that played at the start of the show, Code Orange, comes back out to play for the entrance of Aleister Black as he makes his way to the ring.
Black blasts away at Itami with kicks to start off the action inside the ring. Black knocks Itami out to the floor with a big kick and then takes a seat in the middle of the ring.
Itami, back in the ring is now fighting back. He nails Black with a big knee as he begins to make his comeback. Itami blasts away at Black on the mat with punches.
Hideo Itami continues his attack, blasting away at Black and then mocking him by sitting in the middle of the ring just as he did moments ago. Itami cuts off a Black comeback attempt with a big DDT for a two-count.
Black starts fighting back and working his way back into the contest. Itami hits a Falcon Arrow from the top rope. Black is now bleeding. Itami with a near fall. The two exchange punches and kicks until Itami gets another Falcon Arrow spot for a close near fall. Black avoids the GTS and out of nowhere, nails Itami with his Black Mass finisher for the 1-2-3.
Winner: Aleister Black
After the match, Black again takes a seat in the center of the ring as his music plays. On commentary, Jim Ross thanks Mauro Ranallo and the gang for having him and leaves the announce table now that the match has concluded.
Bayley, Becky Lynch, and Sasha Banks are shown at ringside.
Asuka is shown shadowboxing backstage ahead of her title match, while Ember Moon is shown determined as she begins to make her way towards the ring.
NXT Women's Championship
Asuka vs. Ember Moon
We head back down to the ring where Ember Moon is introduced. She makes her way down to the ring looking determined and ready for her title shot against the undefeated champion Asuka. Asuka makes her way down to the ring next carrying the NXT Women's Championship. Our one-one-one match for the NXT Women's Title is now underway.
We get the formal pre-match ring introductions for this, our NXT Women's Championship match and co-main event of the evening. The bell rings and here we go. Moon immediately drops Asuka with a big dropkick for an early near fall.
Moon continues to stay on the offense, taking the action out to the floor while remaining in firm control. Back in the ring, Moon goes for a baseball slide on Asuka, who moves out of the way. Asuka tries to recover, but Moon jumps right on her and continues to smother her with consistent offense.
Asuka starts fighting back with kicks but Moon cuts her off. With Asuka back out on the floor, Moon goes for a big cannonball splash. The two crash and land hard. With the action resuming outside the ring, Asuka is smashing Moon's face into the ring steps. Asuka blasts her with a big suplex onto the steel ramp. Moon grabs her injured shoulder.
Back in the ring, Asuka unloads on Moon with some kicks before going back to work on her injured arm. After Asuka dominates the action for some time, Moon starts making a comeback attempt, firing away with kicks of her own. Asuka cuts her off with a big German suplex into the turnbuckles. Asuka goes for the Asuka Lock but Moon struggles and avoids it. Moon cuts Asuka's momentum short with a big running clothesline.
Asuka starts landing some brutal knees to Moon now as the end seems near. Out of nowhere, Moon hits Asuka with The Eclipse for a very close two-count. Both women are down now as the crowd gets on their feet.
Moon heads to the top rope, however Asuka yanks the referee in front of her. The referee moves and Moon launches into the air for a cross-body. Asuka rolls through for a pinfall attempt, but only manages to get a two count. Asuka and the referee argues. Moon takes advantage of the distraction and blasts Asuka with a big kick for another close two-count. The fans break out into an NXT chant. Asuka goes for the arm-bar but Moon reverses into a pin attempt. Asuka kicks out. Finally, Asuka drops Moon into the Asuka Lock. She squeezes down and Moon finally taps out. Asuka retains the title and continues her undefeated streak.
Winner and Still NXT Women's Champion: Asuka
After the match, Asuka holds the title tight close to her chest as she has her hand raised in victory. She is clearly staggered by the effort it took her to retain her title.
After the champion takes her leave, Ember gets herself up, collects herself and takes in the appreciation of the crowd on her way out.
Kevin Owens is shown at ringside as part of the crowd. Samoa Joe is also shown in another section of the crowd.
NXT World Championship
Bobby Roode vs. Drew McIntyre
The video package for tonight's main event featuring Drew McIntyre and Bobby Roode for the NXT World Championship is being shown. Our main event of the evening is coming up next.
Drew McIntyre makes his way down to the ring being accompanied by the NYPD Emerald Society. McIntyre marches to the ring with bagpipes of his own. NXT World Champion Bobby Roode makes his way down to the ring next with his usual Glorious entrance.
The ring announcer does the formal pre-match introductions for our main event of the evening for the NXT World Championship here at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn III. The bell rings and here we go.
Both guys go face-to-face in the middle of the ring to start things off. They back off and the match begins. Both guys are trading shots in the corner. Roode slips out to the floor outside the ring to take a quick breather.
Back in the ring, the action resumes with Roode blasting away at McIntyre with chops in the corner. Roode eventually goes for a Glorious DDT, however McIntyre avoids it. McIntyre starts fighting back now and he throws Roode into the corner and blasts him with a series of vicious chops of his own. McIntyre dumps Roode out to the floor and follows him out to continue the beat-down outside the ring.
After some brawling on the floor, the match returns inside the ring where Roode blasts McIntyre with a missile dropkick off the top rope. Roode follows up with a running clothesline and a neck-breaker. Roode has McIntyre grounded now and is in clear control of the action.
McIntyre ends up dropping Roode face-first into the top turnbuckle as he now begins to make his comeback. Roode fights back and hits an inverted atomic drop on McIntyre. McIntyre drops Roode with a Celtic Cross for a close two-count.
Roode drops McIntyre over the top rope and out to the floor, allowing himself the chance to catch another quick breath. McIntyre gets control of the action and takes Roode to the top for a super-plex, however Roode ends up dropping McIntyre on his crotch on the top rope. McIntyre breaks free before Roode can do anything.
McIntyre goes after Roode some more, however Roode ends up blocking a Future Shock DDT before nailing McIntyre with a Backstabber for a close two-count. Roode fires away at McIntyre with punches. McIntyre hits Roode with a neck-breaker and a backslide into a pin for a two-count of his own. McIntyre nails Roode with the Future Shock DDT out of nowhere for a very close two-count.
The two exchange punches, kicks and chops in the center of the ring now as the finish seems near. Roode blasts McIntyre with an enziguiri. McIntyre answers back with a Claymore Kick for a close two-count before Roode gets his foot on the bottom rope to break the count. He rolls to the floor now as fans inside the Barclays Center erupt with boos. McIntyre hits a running dive onto Roode on the floor. The fans break out into a Holy Sh*t chant.
McIntyre catches Roode with a big spine-buster as he charges after him. Roode goes for the Glorious DDT, however McIntyre manages to block it. McIntyre catches Roode in a Tilt-A-Whirl but Roode reverses it into a Glorious DDT for a close two-count.
Roode, shocked that McIntyre kicked out, waits for another Glorious DDT. He hits it. He keeps McIntyre locked for a third Glorious DDT, however McIntyre blocks it. He blasts Roode with a Claymore Kick. 1-2-3. We have a new NXT World Champion.
Winner and New NXT World Champion: Drew McIntyre
After the match, McIntyre celebrates with the title in the ring as replays are shown on the titan tron. Out of nowhere, Kyle O'Reilly and Bobby Fish (reDRagon) appear on the ring steps. McIntyre approaches them but McIntyre is attacked from behind by former Ring Of Honor (ROH) World Champion Adam Cole. The trio triple-teams McIntyre. Cole drops McIntyre with a big super kick. He grabs the NXT World Championship and poses with it as he, O'Reilly and Fish stand tall as NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn III goes off the air.