The black-and-yellow brand finalized their build to TakeOver: Brooklyn on Wednesday night, finishing their tapings up until their annual mid-August classic. With that being done, the card for the event is all but confirmed, and it’s shaping up to be one of the best in NXT’s history.
Take a look at the (tentative) match card for NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn 4!
This goes without saying, but SPOILERS AHEAD
NXT Championship Match - Tommaso Ciampa© vs. Johnny Gargano vs. Aleister Black
The major news coming out of the most recent set of NXT tapings is the crowning of a new NXT Champion. Aleister Black was the man carrying the championship into the last TakeOver event; however, when we head back to Brooklyn, Tommaso Ciampa will be exactly one month into his reign on top of the brand. After over a year as the brand’s - nay, the WWE’s - top heel, it’s a well deserved championship. Like they say, though, it’s hard work getting to the top: it’s twice as hard to stay on top. That appears to be the case in Brooklyn, as not only will he have to defend against the former champion, but his former best friend in Johnny Gargano. It’s a hell of a conclusion to a hell of a feud, and there’s no other way to put it - this match is must-watch.
North American Championship Match - Adam Cole© vs. Ricochet
I’m so very excited for this match.
Adam Cole has been without a challenger for quite a while. He’s defended his North American Championship worldwide, but he’s lacked a consistent singes feud since winning the title at TakeOver: Chicago. Enter the One and Only, Ricochet. The guy is a world-class athlete, and one of the few in the entire WWE who can rival Cole’s obscene popularity. The King directly called Cole out near the beginning of the July 18th tapings, with Cole accepting weeks later under dubious circumstances. It’s a match that sells itself, and for the second time in this preview, I’d state this is a must-watch match.
NXT Women’s Championship Match - Shayna Baszler© vs. Kairi Sane
On the July 18th episode of NXT, Kairi Sane defeated Candace LeRae and Nikki Cross to become the #1 contender to the NXT Women’s Championship. Now, she’ll head to Brooklyn to take on reigning champ Shayna Baszler in a rematch of the finals of the inaugural Mae Young Classic. Their first match was terrific, and since then they’ve both measurably improved in-ring, especially in the case of the Queen of Spades. They’ve already proved that they have chemistry; hopefully they can improve on their stellar previous work.
NXT Tag Team Championship Match - The Undisputed Era© (Roderick Strong & Kyle O’Reilly) vs. Moustache Mountain (Tyler Bate & Trent Seven)?
At the time of this writing, this match is the only one that hasn’t technically been confirmed. However, I’d be absolutely shocked if this wasn’t the NXT Tag Team Championship match. The two teams have been feuding for the better part of the year, highlighted by Roderick Strong’s shocking heel turn in the finals of the Dusty Rhodes Classic. Since then, these two teams have gone on to dominate their respective divisions, and recently were awarded a 5* match from Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer. Now, the two will (likely) have the chance to shine on one of the biggest stages possible in NXT; I’m sure they won’t let it go to waste.
EC3 vs. Velveteen Dream
During Wednesday’s tapings, Velveteen Dream interrupted ECIII’s match and cut a promo on the One Percenter. It continued a feud that had been building since TakeOver: Chicago’s ladder match for the North American Championship; now, the two biggest egos in NXT will square off with nothing but pride on the line.
That looks to be the card, Win Column’ers. You watching? I know I will be; time and time again, NXT outdoes itself at it’s major events. I don’t expect this time to be any different.
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