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NXT TakeOver Brooklyn IV: Results, Review, and Analysis

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NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn IV, out of the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, just wrapped up. We’ve got the NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn IV results, as well as our overall thoughts on the show, for you to check out below. Let us know what you thought about TakeOver by tweeting us, @TheRumbleRamble.

NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn IV Quick Stats
  • Date: August 18th, 2018
  • Attendance: 14,896 // Capacity: 16,000
  • Featured Songs: Blood / Water by Grandson // Made an America by The Fever 333

Undisputed Era (c) vs. Mustache Mountain

NXT Tag Team Championship Match

Kyle O’Reilly and Roderick Strong represented Undisputed Era in this title defense against Tyler Bate and Trent Seven, otherwise known as Mustache Mountain. O’Reilly and Strong attempted to single Seven out at the start of the match, but their tactics failed and Bate quickly made his way back into the action. Even with both members of Mustache Mountain active, however, Undisputed Era beat the hell out of Bate and Seven for the majority of the bout.

After Bate took a lengthy beating at the hands of Undisputed, Trent Seven finally tagged in…and took a beating of his own. At one point, Kyle O’Reilly had Bate in a brutal knee bar and Seven briefly considered throwing in the towel but luckily changed his mind, as Bate escaped moments later.

This appeared to be the turning point, as Mustache Mountain continued with renewed determination after deciding against surrender, but Undisputed Era proved to be too much for Bate and Seven to overcome, and O’Reilly and Strong retained. This was an incredible tag match, well worth checking out if you weren’t able to catch it live.

Before Undisputed could get much of a celebration in, The War Raiders made a statement by absolutely wrecking O’Reilly and Strong. It’s safe to say we know who will be next in line for the tag titles.

Winner: Undisputed Era

Velveteen Dream vs. EC3

Before we get into the match, we need to point out Velveteen Dream’s stellar choice of TakeOver gear. This guy consistently has the coolest tights we’ve ever seen, this time sporting “Call Me Up Vince” on the back. Not to mention he came up through the floor for his entrance before theatrically calling in his own smoke, lights, and graphics.

EC3 started out by disrespecting the Dream, first crotching him on the ropes, then mocking his signature dance while he was down. Velveteen got his revenge via a vicious assault on The Top One Percent. The two had some solid back and forth; EC3 did his best to stay in the match, but Velveteen eventually wore him down and scored the victory with a Dream Valley Driver followed by an elbow drop from the top rope on the apron.

Winner: The Velveteen Dream

Adam Cole (c) vs. Ricochet

NXT North American Championship

Between matches, Matt Riddle was shown at ringside, looking thoroughly excited to be there. We look forward to seeing Riddle in a WWE ring sooner rather than later.

Ricochet started things off hot, getting such an early advantage over Cole that he got out of the ring in frustration. Cole repeatedly told Ricochet that he wasn’t special, doing everything he could to put The One and Only off his game. Ricochet would not be swayed, however. Mauro Ranallo said it best, calling Richochet’s impressive aerial offense a “cheat code”, the man makes high flying stunts look absolutely effortless. It looked like Adam Cole was going to get the win with a pin following a nasty kick to Ricochet’s neck mid-lionsault, but miraculously, Ricochet kicked out.

Cole continued his attempts at retaining his championship but Ricochet cut him off at every turn and eventually defeated the leader of Undisputed Era with a 630, becoming the new North American Champion.

What. A. Match.

Winner: Richochet

Shayna Baszler (c) vs. Kairi Sane

NXT Women’s Championship Match

Kairi Sane brought her newfound aggression to this match, wasting no time going after Baszler, determined to bring down the Queen of Spades once and for all. Baszler would not be intimidated, however, and after taking some initial shots from Sane, got to work on the right knee and ankle of the Pirate Princess.

Baszler showed no mercy against Sane, even getting some near-falls, but Sane refused to stay down. Kairi hit an Insane Elbow and perhaps could have made the pin, but instead went for a second one. Baszler rolled out of the ring, but Sane dove onto her from the top rope, threw her back in, and hit the elbow anyway. Sane then attempted a pinfall, but only got a two count.

Baszler came back with the Kirafuda Clutch, but Sane grabbed the ropes and broke the hold just before passing out. Sane went for a third Insane Elbow, but Shayna put her knees up, using Sane’s momentum against her. Baszler took advantage of the moment and grabbed Sane in the Kirafuda Clutch, but Sane reversed it for the pin and the victory.

This could be it for Shayna, as we would not be surprised at all to see her join her longtime friend, Ronda Rousey, on the main roster, particularly with the recent signing of the other two UFC horsewomen.

Winner: Kairi Sane

Tommaso Ciampa (c) vs. Johnny Gargano

Last Man Standing NXT Championship Match

Gargano immediately set the tone of the match, attacking Ciampa from behind before he could even get his entrance gear off. Equipped with slightly darker gear and disposition, Gargano went after his ex-best friend with no regard for either man’s well-being.

Ciampa was not going to take the abuse lying down and put Gargano through the announce table before continuing the beatdown in the ring. Gargano put forth much more offense early on than he has in the past, even using a chair to wear down his opponent. At one point, Gargano got out of the ring to set up some tables for Ciampa to go through, but by the time he got back in the ring, Ciampa had recovered and took control of the match.

Ciampa nearly got the victory a few times, Gargano barely getting up before the count of ten, but he was determined not to be beaten again. Clearly fed up with Gargano’s refusal to give in, Ciampa removed the padding from one side of the ring but was stopped mid-way by Gargano spraying a fire extinguisher in his face. Ciampa attempted to put Johnny through the tables he had set up earlier, but Gargano reversed it and put Ciampa face first into the exposed planks with a DDT.

Gargano accidentally knocked out a cameraman with a failed attempt to kick Ciampa in the face. After putting Gargano through the barricade, Ciampa literally buried him beneath several objects from ringside, including the unconscious cameraman. Gargano was able to escape and put Ciampa through the tables set up earlier in the match.

In a callback to their earlier matches, Ciampa used a crutch to get back up before the count of ten, but Johnny slapped it away before it could be used against him. Then they moved to where it all began – the stage of the set. Gargano handcuffed Ciampa to part of the stage and ruthlessly lit into the champion. Ciampa pleaded with Johnny, desperately apologizing, but Gargano was unfazed. He removed his knee brace and launched himself into Tommaso, throwing himself off the stage and injuring his knee in the process. It appeared as though the match would end in a double countout, but at quite literally the last second, Ciampa rolled to a standing position on the floor (still handcuffed to the side of the stage), winning the match and retaining the NXT Championship.

Winner: Tommaso Ciampa

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