WWE NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn 4 results, live updates, matches, card, predictions


It’s WWE SummerSlam weekend in Brooklyn for the fourth straight year and the action kicks off Saturday with a loaded WWE NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn 4 event at Barclays Center. 

The program began with the kickoff show at 6 p.m. ET and the main card started at 7 p.m. ET. The event is airing live on the WWE Network.

TakeOver: Brooklyn 4 features the latest chapter in the ongoing rivalry between Tommaso Ciampa and Johnny Gargano, who will square off in a Last Man Standing match for the NXT championship. The show also includes three other title matches, including Shayna Baszler defending the NXT women’s championship against Kairi Sane and Adam Cole putting up the NXT North American championship against Ricochet.

Sporting News will provide live bell-to-bell coverage of WWE NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn 4.

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WWE NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn 4 live updates

Tommaso Ciampa vs. Johnny Gargano in a Last Man Standing match for the NXT Championship

9:22 p.m.: Just like we saw in their previous match, Ciampa is pulling the tarp and protective covering off a corner of the ring to where it’s just the exposed wooden boards. But a few minutes later, it’s Gargano connecting with a DDT with Ciampa going head-first into the boards. Somehow, Ciampa gets to his feet just before the ten count. This has been wild.

9:14 p.m.: A trio of Project Ciampa’s and Gargano is down. The count begins and just before it hits ten, he gets up anc connects with a big superkick. 

9:09 p.m.: Ciampa took a chair in the ring but it backfired with Gargano getting it and uses it to pounding Ciampa’s back. The champion comes back and has Gargano down in the corner but another counter by the challenger.

9:05 p.m.: This is a war!

9:03 p.m.: This isn’t a wrestling match — this is a brawl as their fighting all around the ring.

9:00 p.m.: Why wait for the opening bell as Gargano goes on the attack as Ciampa is being announced. 

8:56 p.m.: These two have literally battered and bruised each other in their previous three matches. I wonder how far they’ll go in this one in a match where anything is allowed and to win, you have to make you opponent stay down for a ten count. Buckle up.

8:52 p.m.: The best ongoing rivalry in all of wrestling continues with chapter four, this time for the NXT Championship. The stakes couldn’t be higher.

Kairi Sane defeats Shayna Baszler to win the NXT Women’s Championship

8:46 p.m. FINISH: Sane goes for another big elbow off the top rope but Baszler puts her feet up to block it. She then locks on a rear naked choke and then go to the mat where Sane flips over and holds Baszler’s shoulders down to get the three count and win the title. Another new champ!

Heck of a finish and another good match. They were in a really tough spot having to following the previous contest and the crowd was into it the entire time. Good stuff.

8:42 p.m.: Sane hits a big elbow off the top rope to Baszler’s back. The champ rolls outside the ring and Sane goes to the top rope and hits a flying cross body. Then back in the ring and the big elbow by drop by Sane but Baszler somehow kicks out.

8:38 p.m.: And Sane is fighting back. Don’t count out the pirate. 

8:35 p.m.: All Baszler early on and she works over Sane’s left leg and taunting her.

8:31 p.m.: Look who’s ringside.

8:29 p.m.: Yo ho, yo ho.

Ricochet defeats Adam Cole for the NXT North American Championship

8:21 p.m. FINISH: As if this hasn’t been crazy enough, Cole was standing on the apron when Ricochet dove over the ropes and connected with a picture perfect huricanrada on the floor!

Ricochet hits the 450 senton off the top and scores the pin to win the NXT North American Championship. Wow, that was some amazing, incredible stuff there. Great athleticism and impeccable timing by two professionals who are great at their craft.

8:19 p.m.: An Amazing exchange with the guys each connecting with superkicks and high knees with Ricochet soon after hitting a reverse huricanrada. Wow.

8:17 p.m.: That was some craziness with Ricochet doing a flip off the ropes and Cole catching him with a superkick to the next in mid-flight!

8:15 p.m.: Ricochet comes off the ropes and looked to be going for a springboard but Cole turns it into a backstabber! Yikes.

8:12 p.m.: Cole has been trying to keep this match grounded but Ricochet finally takes to the air.

8:08 p.m.: Ricochet has been playing with Cole early on, using his freaking athleticism until Cole dumps him off the top rope to the floor.

8:03 p.m.: Bay Bay!

7:58 p.m.: Remember when I wondered earlier in the blog is Matt Riddle could be there in the front row? Well…

Velveteen Dream beats EC3

7:51 p.m FINISH.: Dream Valley Driver by Velveteen but EC3 kicks out just in time. Then they go to the apron where he hits another Dream Valley Driver and follows it up with a big elbow drop for the victory. Bask in the experience! 

Good match between these two, especially in a tough spot of following that incredible opener. 

7:48 p.m.: Back and forth so far and EC3 is not in control with a big powerbomb and follows it up with a superplex but he still can’t get the pin.

7:43 p.m.: EC3 in control until Velveteen Dream with a twisting DDT on the metal part of the ramp to the ring. 

7:40 p.m.: Dream’s colorful pants literally say “CALL ME UP VINCE” on his backside. That’s one way to try and get the boss’ attention.

7:38 p.m.: The Velveteen Dream Experience.

7:35 p.m.: Here is the one match on this show that is not for a championship. Who needs a title when you’ve got the Dream.

Undisputed Era (Roderick Strong and Kyle O’Reilly) defeat Moustache Mountain (Tyler Bate and Trent Seven) to retain the NXT Tag Team Championship

7:26 p.m. FINISH: It almost looked like Moustache Mountain where going to win the titles with a knee off the top rope but a last-second kick out and the match continues. Just a minute or two later, Bate falls out of the ring following a knee to the chin. Strong and O’Reilly go high-low on Seven and score the win. Another incredible match between these two teams. This is what tag team wrestling is all about.

After the match, the War Raiders attack the champions and want their shot at the gold.

7:24 p.m.: Undisputed Era are focused on Bate’s injured left leg. Remember, it was Seven who had his leg worked over in their previous match to the point where Bate had to throw the towel, allowing Strong and O’Reilly to win the titles. Seven gets the towel and teased throwing it but instead tosses it into the crowd. 

7:20 p.m.: That’s one way to break up double submission maneuvers. Bate with that freakish strength again.

7:16 p.m.: Strong and O’Reilly in control against Bate who finally makes the tag and Trent Seven is going nuts. 

7:12 p.m.: And Bate did this too.

7:11 p.m.: Tyler Bate has some awesome strength.

7:06 p.m.: Tag team titles on the line in the opener. These guys have had an incredible series of matches and this should deliver. Quite the way to start the show.

7:01 p.m.: Here we go with the main card NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn 4! Check out my predictions below. This should be a great night of wrestling.

6:58 p.m.: The ongoing rivalry between Ciampa and Gargano has arguably been the best storyline in all of wrestling over the past 18 months. Incredible chemistry and great story-telling throughout with so much emotion that gets fans totally invested. Gargano going from the ultimate babyface to someone who was booed for accidentally costing Black the title to Ciampa. Gargano has dreamed of being the NXT Champion and it’s his worst nightmare as his nemesis is the champ and he’s helped him win it. Awesome stuff.

6:50 p.m.: NXT General Manager William Regal is on set talking about who attacked Aleister Black. He has ruled out Undisputed Era and alluded to possibly having to part ways with whoever did this.

6:48 p.m.: It looks like it’s not if but when indie sensation Matt Riddle debuts with NXT with plenty of talk that he has signed with the company. Could tonight be the night? One of the staples of past TakeOver events is seeing new signees sitting in the front row and being shown on the broadcast. 

Check out my interview with the “King of Bros” from May 2017 where he talked about how long he’s been talking with the company, wanting to face Brock Lesnar, and his thoughts on Goldberg.

6:40 p.m.: It was a year ago at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn when Adam Cole made his NXT debut as he along with Bobby and Kyle O’Reilly attacked the new NXT Champion Drew McIntyre. I was in the building and there were huge “Adam Cole Bay Bay” chants even before the show began. So many were wondering, hoping that he would make his NXT debut that night and he didn’t disappoint.

Check out this cool video of Cole watching his debut in front of that red hot crowd. 

6:28 p.m.: Just a bit off on his name, Pat.

6:16 p.m.: Aleister Black was originally set to be part of what was to be a Triple Threat match for the NXT Championship before he got hurt recently and needed surgery. Word is that he should be back in action soon but he had to be taken out of the match with Ciampa and Gargano now squaring off in a Last Man Standing match for the NXT Championship. 

Of course, this has been made into an angle with NXT saying that someone attacked Black but who was it? It’s a true whodunit with Gargano, Undisputed Era, and Ciampa all in the vicinity. And while Black won’t be part of the match, it looks like he’ll be around tonight.

6:05 p.m.: I’ll admit it – one of my favorite things in wrestling right now is watching Kyle O’Reilly use the NXT Tag Team Championship as a guitar. Glad he’s keeping his skills sharp heading into tonight’s show.

6:01 p.m.: And here we go with the pre-show with Charly Caruso, Sam Roberts, and Pat McAfee.

5:57 p.m.: Welcome to SN’s live coverage of WWE NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn 5. We still have a few minutes before the kickoff show so before then, check out my recent interview with Roman Reigns heading into his showdown with Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam and follow the Sporting News wrestling section on Twitter @sn_wrestling.

WWE NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn 4 lineup

— Tommaso Ciampa vs. Johnny Gargano in a Last Man Standing match for the NXT Championship

— Shayna Baszler vs. Kairi Sane for the NXT Women’s Championship

— Undisputed Era (Roderick Strong and Kyle O’Reilly) vs. Moustache Mountain (Tyler Bate and Trent Seven) for the NXT Tag Team Championship

— Adam Cole vs. Ricochet for the NXT North American Championship

— Velveteen Dream vs. EC3

WWE NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn 4 predictions

—  Tommaso Ciampa uses any means necessary to escape with the NXT Championship, driving Johnny Gargano further into a dark tailspin.

— Kairi Sane pulls the upset and ends Shayna Baszler’s run as NXT Women’s Champion.

— Undisputed Era retains the NXT Tag Team Championship in the latest fantastic match against Moustache Mountain.

— Adam Cole keeps the NXT North American Championship with a win against Ricochet … Bay Bay!

— Velveteen scores a victory over EC3.

Brian Fritz can be reached at btrfritz@gmail.com. Follow him on Twitter @BrianFritz and listen to his Between The Ropes podcast on iTunes.

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