SummerSlam 2016 on Sunday highlights the weekend of wrestling at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, but it starts with NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn II on Saturday night. Future WWE superstars will compete on NXT’s biggest show of the year as more than 15,000 fans are expected to be in attendance.
The first ever NXT show in Brooklyn last year was incredibly well-received, featuring some of the best matches of the year in all of WWE. With all three NXT titles on the line and some-highly anticipated matches on the card, Saturday’s show could be more of the same.
Unlike SummerSlam, NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn II isn’t available on pay-per-view. It can only be seen on WWE Network, which costs $9.99 per month. New subscribers, however, can watch the event with a free live stream online, since they get their first month of the network for free.
The event starts at 8 p.m. ET. Below is the entire card, as well as predictions for each match.
NXT Champion Samoa Joe vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
Nakamara is undefeated in NXT, and it could be a while before he suffers his first loss. Joe has established himself as the promotion’s top heel, and after two straight clean wins against Finn Balor, he’ll still look strong in defeat. Nakamura has quickly become a fan favorite, and he’ll continue to maintain his perfect record as NXT looks for him to get over with fans that aren’t very familiar with him.
Prediction: Shinsuke Nakamura
NXT Women’s Champion Asuka vs. Bayley
Bayley has done all she can in NXT, and she could be on the main roster as early as the first episode of “Monday Night Raw” or “SmackDown” following SummerSlam. She’ll lose a hard-fought match, possibly her last in NXT, and Asuka might cheat to establish herself as even more of a heel.
NXT Tag Team Champions The Revival vs. Johnny Gargano & Tommaso Ciampa
As the only two-time tag team champions in NXT history, The Revival certainly doesn’t need a win here. But they are clearly the best tag team now that American Alpha has been promoted to “SmackDown,” and it isn't time to give Gargano & Ciampa the belts just yet. They might get screwed out of a victory and chase the champs for a few months before winning the titles.
Prediction: The Revival
Andrade “Cien” Almas vs. Bobby Roode
Roode is one of the biggest names that has ever been a part of NXT, so don’t expect him to lose his first match with the promotion to the little-known Almas. If Joe drops the belt to Nakamura, Roode could soon find himself challenging for the NXT Championship.
Prediction: Bobby Roode
No Way Jose vs. Austin Aries
With WWE looking to give No Way Jose some steam, they’ll probably give him the victory over the well-established Aries. Aries’ time in NXT could be short-lived, since he would be a perfect addition to Raw’s cruiserweight division.
Prediction: No Way Jose
Ember Moon vs. Billie Kay
Billy Kay has gotten some wins over the past few weeks, but that’s likely been done so Moon’s victory on Saturday is more meaningful. Moon won’t be introduced to the NXT audience by losing her first match.
Prediction: Ember Moon