WWE has announced they will be “cool for the summer” in Brooklyn for the next two years.
There was a tremendous amount of fan support for the triple-header of NXT TakeOver, SummerSlam, and WWE Raw at the Barclays Center this year, and because of that, WWE is bringing their second biggest pay-per-view back to the house that Jay Z built in both 2016 and 2017. To celebrate, WWE put together a video package highlighting some of the weekend’s biggest moments, including Rick Rubin being in the audience, but not including Sasha Banks and Bayley having the match of the year.
Unsurprisingly, WWE will also be broadcasting Raw the night after SummerSlam from the same arena, as well as yet another NXT TakeOver special on SummerSlam eve.
The actual SummerSlam card was up and down this year, but having the event in New York City makes it really feel like the second biggest show of the year, which is something that has been sorely lacking in this decade.
From an NXT perspective, TakeOver: Brooklyn was one of the best produced WWE special events this year, so it’s great to see it coming back. While the Full Sail faithful might worry that this is another sign that their precious baby bird is spreading its wings and leaving the nest for good, for the rest of us, the chance to not have to actually travel to Florida to see an NXT live special is a godsend.
If TakeOver: Brooklyn is going to be NXT’s WrestleMania, I’m all for it, as long as Sasha Banks and Bayley promise to come back and we don’t get Dana Brooke pulling her ponytail and suplexing Eva Marie to win the NXT Women’s Championship.