On Wednesday, July 18, the final four episodes of NXT TV before TakeOver: Brooklyn IV were taped, and it’s probably an understatement to say there have been some very exciting developments.

The biggest news coming out of the tapings was an NXT Championship change, with Tommaso Ciampa defeating Aleister Black – more on that HERE

But that’s not all, the Full Sail crowd also bore witness to the highly anticipated NXT debut of Keith Lee. The former PWG World and WWN Champion appeared at the WrestleMania Axxess Tour earlier this year, where he defeated Kassius Ohno. He was revealed as a new full-time signing at NXT TakeOver: Chicago II last month. ‘Blackzilla’ defeated Marcel Barthel to pick up a debut victory.

Via Cageside Seats, here is a full report of yesterday’s NXT tapings:

  • Jeet Rama def. Chase Adams – Dark Match
  • Adam Cole def. Sean Maluta
  • Ricochet challenges Cole to a match for the NXT North American Championship at TakeOver: Brooklyn IV – Undisputed ERA come out to intimidate Ricochet, but the War Raiders intervene
  • ERA manage to escape Hanson and Rowe, but are confronted by Tyler Bate and Trent Seven of Mustache Mountain, leading to a brawl
  • Lacey Evans def. Tenilla Price
  • Heavy Machinery (Otis Dozovic and Tucker Knight) def. the Mighty (Nick Miller and Shane Thorne) after the Street Profits distract the Aussies
  • Mustache Mountain (Trent Seven & Tyler Bate) def. State Line (unknown)
  • Bate and Seven activate their rematch clause for the NXT Tag Team Championships at TakeOver
  • EC3 def. Kona Reeves – Velveteen Dream cuts a promo on EC3 mid-match
  • Shayna Baszler def. Candice LeRae
  • Baszler continues to attack LeRae after the match, but NXT Women’s Title number one contender Kairi Sane makes the save
  • Tommaso Ciampa def. Aleister Black (c) to win the NXT Championship – Towards the end of the match, the ref took a bump rendering him down and out, leading to Johnny Gargano attacking both Ciampa and Black
  • Nikki Cross def. Amber Nova
  • Undisputed ERA attack Ricochet during the latter’s entrance. Cole then accepts his TakeOver challenge
  • Kassius Ohno def. Adrian Jaoude
  • Keith Lee def. Marcel Barthel
  • Taynara Conti def. Vanessa Borne – Mae Young Classic qualifier
  • Street Profits (Angelo Dawkins & Montez Ford) def. the Mighty (Nick Miller & Shane Thorne)
  • Ciampa cuts a promo gloating about his title win
  • Black interrupts the ‘Blackheart,’ but Gargano goes on further and attacks Ciampa. Black then strikes ‘Johnny Wrestling’ with a Black Mass
  • Kairi Sane def. Aliyah
  • Tyler Bate def. Roderick Strong
  • Dream cuts a promo calling out EC3, EC3 answers, and a match for TakeOver is made official – EC3 then lays out Dream with the One Percenter
  • Aleister Black vs. Johnny Gargano goes to a no contest when Ciampa attacks both men mid-match
  • Regal comes out during the brawl and makes the Triple Threat NXT Title match for TakeOver official

Final NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn II card:

  • Tommaso Ciampa (c) vs. Aleister Black vs. Johnny Gargano – Triple Threat Match – NXT Championship
  • Adam Cole (c) vs. Ricochet – NXT North American Championship
  • EC3 vs. Velveteen Dream
  • Shayna Baszler vs. Kairi Sane – NXT Women’s Championship

Likely to be added but no announcement made:

  • Undisputed ERA (Kyle O’Reilly and Roderick Strong) (c) vs. Mustache Mountain (Tyler Bate and Trent Seven) – NXT Tag Team Championship


Are you excited for TakeOver: Brooklyn IV? Could it be the best TakeOver of all time? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter here. You can also join us on Discord to chat with Oli, Luke, the magazine team, the website writers and each other here!

6 years ago by Liam Winnard



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