SAnitY def. The Authors of Pain to become the new NXT Tag Team Champions

Brawl between SAnitY and The Authors of Pain spills into the crowd: NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn III (WWE Network Exclusive)

Eric Young pulls Akam over the barricade as their battle takes an out-of-control turn: Courtesy of the award-winning WWE Network.

SAnitY closed the book on The Authors of Pain’s NXT Tag Team Title reign with an impressive victory in front of a frenzied NXT Universe in Brooklyn.

Akam & Rezar’s reign atop NXT’s tag team division has been highlighted by destruction, devastation and, well, pain. But at TakeOver: Brooklyn III the titleholders met their match in Alexander Wolfe & Eric Young who managed to match The Authors’ penchant for pain.

This gigantic showdown appeared to have all the makings of a power vs. power matchup as Akam & Rezar rushed the ring, sending their challengers from the squared-circle before the bell even rang.

The Authors of Pain controlled the contest early on before they were thrown a curveball by SAnitY. With Killian Dain waiting to get tagged into the contest, SAnitY’s leader, Eric Young, instead stepped onto the apron and received the tag from Wolfe. The move, although unorthodox, was legal since Dain had yet to be officially tagged into the contest.

SAnitY pulled out all the stops in this chaotic bout. Nikki Cross and Dain both got in on the “fun” with the crazed Cross leaping into the arms of Akam. After The Author of Pain caught Cross, Dain followed with a massive crossbody that sent both Cross and Akam through a table. Back inside the ring, Wolfe and Young combined to topple Rezar and pick up the victory en route to becoming the new NXT Tag Team Champions.

As if this clash of monsters didn’t provide enough carnage for the Brooklyn crowd, recent NXT newcomers Bobby Fish and Kyle O’Reilly added to the mayhem by invading the ring to lay a beatdown on the new NXT Tag Team Champions as well as the fallen Authors of Pain.

What does this surprise assault mean for NXT’s tag team division? And with SAnitY now holding the NXT Tag Team Championship, what insanity will follow?

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