Hello all! It is Survive, your NXT recapper, returning from the grave – I will be recapping TakeOver: Orlando, because the universe has aligned just right to give me enough of a breather from college for this weekend. Sorry for being gone so long – I graduated one college and transferred into another and I’m super busy right now as a result. But the planets aligned and I don’t have anything due until the Wednesday after WrestleMania, which is a lifesaver.
This is the first NXT episode after TakeOver: Brooklyn II and – like the first NXT episode after TakeOver: Brooklyn I – the matches tonight were taped at Brooklyn. We’re still at Barclays, not back at Full Sail yet. This is also probably a good 70% recap, just a head’s up. We will be getting matches, but between a whole lot of recapping.
Whoo! It’s NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn and my second NXT PPV recap. Go me! Today is also apparently the one year anniversary of Lita and Renee being on the pre-show team together. Their third compatriot is Mauro Ranallo, which is awesome.
Hey, y’all! TakeOver: Brooklyn is on Saturday and so it’s time for me to do some quick predictions! My sister, Casriath, is going to be predicting with me. She’s not a wrestling fan, but she is long-suffering, so she’s been watching NXT with me for the past few weeks. Heads up: she’s a legitimate attorney, so she’s being the devil’s advocate today.
Welcome to the last episode before TakeOver! Tonight, our main selling point is a face-to-face interview with Samoa Joe and Shinsuke Nakamura. This is not ending well for someone – probably whatever interviewer gets sandwiched between them, poor darling.
In our main event tonight, the man who does not get hyped looks to instead get murdered by Samoa Joe tonight – erm. I mean, Mojo Rawley is apparently looking for “revenge”. Yeah, that’s gonna work out in his favor. Has he cleared this with Zack? Considering Emma’s out injured, I don’t think Zack’s a fan of Mojo getting injured either.
Earlier today, NXT’s official twitter page posted a video of Blake and Murphy arguing, setting up two of our matches tonight. Apparently Blake has a match against Shinsuke (God rest his soul. I hope he’s made his funeral arrangements) and Murphy has a match against “the favorite to win” the Cruiserweight Classic. I remember hearing that Kota Ibushi showed up at a NXT taping recently. Hmm…