WWE NXT TakeOver broke record’s on Saturday night: it was the most watched event in the young company’s history.
The TakeOver: Brooklyn event sold out Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on Saturday night for the second consecutive year. Ahead of WWE SummerSlam, the NXT superstars dominated the arena a night before the main roster took to the stage, but the future stars were on display all around.
The main event that sent the WWE Network special to the next level was the duel between Samoa Joe and Shinsuke Nakamura, which featured the two fighting for the first time against one another while under the WWE banner. The entrance, and eventual victory of Nakamura, sent the crowd and WWE Universe into a frenzy, winning his first Championship in NXT, further extending the rumors that Samoa Joe would be called up to the main roster.
In a tag team match for the ages, Dash Wilder and Scott Dawson–better known as The Revival–defeated Johnny Gargano and Tomasso Ciampa to retain their NXT Tag Team Titles. The matchup went nearly a half-hour long, with countless dives to the outside and tag team maneuvers, before the Revival zeroed in on the knee of Gargano and forced him to tap out to retain their belts.
The night also featured the in-ring debut of Bobby Roode under his new “Glorious” gimmick. With his promise to bring NXT to the next level, the crowd went bonkers for Roode during his entrance, continuing to sing it during his match against Andrade “Cien” Almas, which he would win via his Glorious Bomb.