NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn III Preview – Aleister Black vs. Hideo Itami

Knockout blows will not be in short supply when Aleister Black, still undefeated inside the yellow ropes, takes on the increasingly volatile Hideo Itami in a newly announced match for TakeOver: Brooklyn III.

The two scary-intense warriors crossed paths last night on NXT when Black, who was entering the ring for a match, interrupted Itami’s mid-ring diatribe. Itami took exception, but Black cleared him from the ring with Black Mass. Later in the evening, after NXT went off the air, Black and Itami got into it again as Itami tried to ambush Black in the parking lot.

It hasn’t taken much to provoke Itami’s temper recently. For weeks, the Japanese Superstar has decried his station and treatment in NXT. His demeanor has turned bitter and his actions unpredictable, such as his post-match attack against onetime ally Kassius Ohno.

If it’s respect that he wants, Itami need not look any further than his showdown against Black in Brooklyn. Itami is in search of a big win that will catapult him back into the main-event picture, and a victory against the tatted terror — who has decimated everybody he has faced so far — might just accomplish that. Black does not seem particularly interested in starting beefs, but he might be all too happy to settle them. The pencak silat master has vanquished mighty competition since making his NXT debut. Black, however, has yet to face a Superstar with the credentials of Itami, making TakeOver’s battle of elite strikers even more compelling.

Can Black make the jaw-jacking Itami “Fade to Black,” or will Itami turn out Black’s lights with his unstoppable Go-To-Sleep? The NXT Universe will find out Saturday, Aug. 19, when TakeOver: Brooklyn III streams live at 8 ET/5 PT, exclusively on the award-winning WWE Network.

WWE.com: Ohno and Itami To Settle Their Differences Inside The Ring

Fed up with Hideo Itami’s finger-pointing and complaints, Kassius Ohno is ready to show that he is a man of action. In a match that he requested, and a showdown that many NXT fans believe has been weeks in the making, NXT’s Knockout Artist will face Itami tonight, exclusively on WWE Network.

Since coming up short against NXT Champion Bobby Roode at TakeOver: Chicago, Itami has grown increasingly frustrated with his position in NXT. The legendary striker denied rumors that he plans to return to Japan, but has been openly critical about his treatment, claiming that he has not been given due respect by NXT fans or matchmakers.

At first, Ohno defended the uncharacteristic behavior of Itami, a long-respected ally whom Ohno first crossed paths with in Japan, and attempted to show Itami the “right way” of overcoming his setback. Yet, after Itami blamed Ohno for their tag team loss to SAnitY on the July 5 episode of NXT, the master of the Rolling Elbow had clearly had enough of Itami’s new attitude.

Tonight, the two universally feared competitors will square off inside the yellow ropes. Which striker will come out on top, and regardless of the outcome, where will Ohno and Itami’s friendship stand after the duel? Don’t miss this hotly anticipated match tonight when NXT streams on the award-winning WWE Network at 8/7 C.

WWE.com: Ohno And Itami Join Forces Against SAnitY

SAnitY “maestro” Eric Young is devising a master plan, and if Killian Dain & Alexander Wolfe have their way, Kassius Ohno & Hideo Itami will be the first Superstars to feel the ramifications.

With the help of a distraction from Nikki Cross, Dain & Wolfe blindsided Ohno & Itami in the center of the ring on the June 28 edition of NXT, just as it seemed like the troubled friends were on the verge of patching up their hard feelings. Though NXT’s Knockout Artist and the master of the GTS have had a rocky few weeks, with recent in-ring setbacks straining their friendship, they now align under the common cause: Scoring retribution against NXT’s chaotic contingent.

Wolfe offered some semblance of an explanation for SAnitY’s unprovoked attack, stating that Young wants his crew to expose “forced friendships” such as Ohno & Itami’s as nothing more than “lies.”

Can SAnitY succeed in their nefarious quest, or will Ohno & Itami leave Dain & Wolfe seeing stars? Don’t miss this huge tag team collision, streaming tonight on WWE Network.

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