#1 Contender for the nXt Championship, Drew McIntyre makes his way to the ring to share his excitement at facing Bobby Roode at Takeover: Brooklyn. He says he didn’t realize until leaving the WWE that to be the best, he would need to outwork and out train everyone else. No one would do it for him. He had to take ownership over his career.
The more success he attained in the independents, the better he got and that’s what has brought him to nXt. Everybody will walk side by side here. His nXt is a collaborative one, not an entitled one. He says this is not Roode’s nXt, it’s an nXt that belongs to the fans.
McIntyre gets the crowd standing with these last remarks and finishes by shouting, “WE ARE nXt!!!
The undefeated Drew McIntyre has decimated every opponent thrown his way, and at TakeOver: Brooklyn III, the Scottish Superstar will finally get what he’s been in search of: The opportunity to challenge NXT Champion Bobby Roode.
McIntyre has maintained a laser focus on NXT’s top prize since he signed with the brand in April. He earned the title match the old-fashion way, piling up one win after another. With a smash-mouth style, he conquered the likes of Oney Lorcan, Andrade Almas and Killian Dain. McIntyre’s win over The Beast of Belfast secured an opportunity to face Roode as well as snapped Dain’s own undefeated streak.
With such an impressive resume, McIntyre might rightly be considered Roode’s most dangerous challenger to date. However, don’t expect The Glorious One to be intimidated. The resourceful and calculating veteran champion has consistently found ways to keep hold of the NXT Title against the stiffest competition. McIntyre says it’s no longer “Bobby Roode’s NXT,” but Roode will stop at nothing to prove otherwise.
Will Drew McIntyre complete his mission in Brooklyn, or will The Glorious One continue his era atop NXT? Don’t miss this summer’s biggest NXT Championship Match when TakeOver: Brooklyn III streams live on the award-winning WWE Network on Saturday, Aug. 19, at 8 ET/5 PT.
Drew McIntyre vs. Killian Dain
The winner gets the title shot against Roode at Takeover: Brooklyn. Dain can’t intimidate him to start and gets taken down by a top rope shot to the head. Killian is right back with a basement crossbody to send Drew outside though and we take a break.
Back with Drew still in trouble and getting tossed hard into the corner. Dain stomps on the chest and drops a running elbow for two. Some hard crossface shots to the jaw have Drew in trouble. We hit the neck crank for a bit before Dain hammers away in the corner, only to get caught in a running powerbomb to give Drew a near fall of his own.
White Noise gets two more, only to have Dain hit a quick Wasteland into a backsplash into a Vader Bomb (collectively named the Belfast Blitz). The Ulster Plantation is broken up and the referee tells them they have two minutes left. Dain takes him up again and grabs a fisherman’s superplex for a delayed two but walks into Future Shock for one. Drew’s shocked face is great and it’s even worse when the Claymore (running boot to the face) isn’t even enough for a cover. A second Claymore sends Drew to Brooklyn at 13:35.
Winner: Drew McIntyre
Drew says he’s coming for the title to end the show.
An NXT fan recorded footage of Alexander Wolfe and Killian Dain assaulting Drew McIntyre as he left Full Sail University.
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Backstage, McIntyre gets some interview time and he’s asked about tonight’s title match. He says next time they talk, they’ll be talking about his title match. He runs down the list of former nXt champions and he wants to join that lineage.
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Drew McIntyre vs. Sean Maluta
Drew takes a knee in his corner, staring down his competition. He and Maluta grapple until the referee breaks them up and Drew gestures towards the centre of the ring. Maluta slowly walks there and they continue grappling into the opposite corner where the ref breaks it up again. Crosschops by McIntyre. Maluta hits back but McIntyre hits harder, knocking Maluta to the ground twice. He’s man-handling this guy.
McIntyre with a suplex slam showing off incredible strength. Irish whip to the corner. Gets a boot to the face. Maluta leaps to the top rope, launches himself and hits a Codebreaker of sorts on McIntyre for a 1 count. Right hands by Maluta, followed by a flying forearm in the corner. McIntyre reverses the whip and kicks Maluta as he springs up, right in the chin. Ouch.
McIntyre’s breathing deeply and he unloads right hands on Maluta. Up to the top rope, elbow to the head of Maluta, dropping him to the mat. Maluta’s got some fight left in him but McIntyre headbutts him in the face…and he’s bleeding from underneath the right eye. He charges up and nails Maluta with his running front kick (Claymore) to the face. Pinfall is successful.
Winner: Drew McIntyre
Post-match, McIntyre’s interviewed on the ramp. He’s not concerned with Wesley Blake, but if Blake wants a little attention, he can get in the ring next week. Sounds like a challenge to me.
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