NXT BTB Almas vs. Roode

Bobby Roode’s arrival to NXT was nothing short of memorable. After months of speculation – and an appearance in the crowd at NXT TakeOver: Dallas – the celebrated competitor finally addressed the NXT Universe on Aug. 3, and proceeded to make some very grand claims.

The former World Champion made it clear that he has big plans for NXT, which include, among other things, making the brand glorious. Though it remains to be seen what exactly that entails, Roode didn’t wait long to set his sights on an opponent: Fellow NXT newcomer Andrade “Cien” Almas.

After watching the international Superstar defeat Angelo Dawkins, Roode informed him that General Manager William Regal scheduled a match between the two of them at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn II.

These veteran Superstars haven’t been in NXT together long enough to build up a personal rivalry, but you can bet the competitive nature of both Superstars will be more than enough to deliver a must-see showdown.

Almas is a decorated luchador who has captured multiple championships during his time in Mexico and Japan. The high-flying Superstar made his NXT debut at TakeOver: The End…of the Beginning, soundly defeating Tye Dillinger. Since then, Almas has continued to impress, showing why he is a world-renowned competitor.

On the other side, Roode can talk himself up better than anyone else; just watch his NXT arrival. Despite his overly cocky demeanor, he really is that good inside the squared circle. Simply put, there’s a reason the NXT Universe has been buzzing about his arrival for months: Roode is glorious.

Both of these Superstars bring with them extremely high expectations, so neither can afford to lose at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn II. With two extremely different approaches both inside and outside the ring, this contest has the makings of an instant classic. Will Almas’ star continue to rise with a high-profile victory over Roode? Or can the boastful Roode live up to his hype with a win in his NXT in-ring debut?

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