NXT TakeOver Brooklyn IV – PREVIEW

NXT TakeOver Brooklyn IV – PREVIEW

 

NXT TakeOver Brooklyn IV is this Saturday (August 18), and it looks amazing despite the necessary change to the NXT Championship match. It’s an earlier start than normal, bringing it in line with the new start times of the main roster PPVs, so check WWE network for the start time in your time zone.

 

 

Matches

Tommaso Ciampa (C) vs Johnny Gargano – NXT Championship – Last Man Standing Match

Shayna Baszler (C) vs Kairi Sane – NXT Women’s Championship match

Undisputed ERA (C) vs Moustache Mountain – NXT Tag Team Championship match

Adam Cole (C) vs Ricochet – NXT North American Championship match

Velveteen Dream vs EC3

 

 

Previews

Velveteen Dream vs EC3

EC3 and Velveteen Dream

This is the only non-title match on the card and it’s the clash of the massive egos. It’s clearly going to be an excellent match, Velveteen Dream has been consistently good, especially at TakeOvers, and I enjoy watching EC3 as soon as he stops talking.

The only trouble with this one is, it doesn’t feel like it matters who wins. I mean, sure, the winner has a strong case for a shot at one of the singles titles, probably the North American Championship, but there’s nothing on the line except egos so large they won’t even be dented by a loss. EC3 hasn’t been in NXT long enough for a loss to really hurt him, and Velveteen Dream appears to be fixating on people rather than titles.

If anything, Velveteen Dream needs it more. He lost to Aleister Black at his first TakeOver, but it was a match of the year contender of a match. He lost to Ricochet in another incredible match. But how many more can he afford to lose?

It’s the big signing versus the (mostly) home-grown super-talent. EC3 has come out on top of their interactions in the lead up to the match, but I wouldn’t read too much into that. I don’t think there are many that would argue Velveteen Dream has anything other than a huge future, but he does need to start moving forward. For that reason, I hope Brooklyn turns out to be his night.

Prediction: Velveteen Dream

 

Adam Cole (C) vs Ricochet – NXT North American Championship match

Adam Cole and Ricochet

Cole and the rest of Undisputed ERA have been a giant pain in Ricochet’s ass recently. Ricochet hasn’t exactly been an angel. William Regal only made this match is only after Ricochet baited Adam Cole about being a coward.

Of course, Adam Cole is unlikely to be alone. He may come out alone, he might even start the match all by himself, but where Cole is the rest of Undisputed ERA are not far behind. Ricochet has already fallen foul of the numbers game on more than one occasion. He still owes Undisputed ERA for the beatdown they gave him on the way to the ring last week. However, War Raiders have demonstrated their support for Ricochet. They have their own agenda with Undisputed ERA, they want the tag belts, so it’s not pure altruism. That’s probably a good thing. Altruism is rarely a recipe for a good partnership in wrestling, much better for all parties to be invested for their own reasons. Either way, they could help even the odds.

My reasoning for my prediction is simple and completely biased. I like Ricochet, I don’t like Adam Cole. Sorry.

Prediction: Ricochet

 

Undisputed ERA (C) vs Moustache Mountain – NXT Tag Team Championship match

Moustache Mountain and Undisputed ERA

Moustache Mountain won the titles at the Royal Albert Hall in June. Undisputed ERA took them back on their next meeting when Tyler Bate had to throw in the towel for Trent Seven to prevent potentially serious injury to his knee. This is Bate and Seven’s rematch, and presumably their final chance to win back the titles. With the NXT tag division heating up, it is likely to be a long climb back to a title shot if this one doesn’t work out. War Raiders have already informed everyone that as far as they’re concerned, they’re next in line.

It’s a toss-up for the result, and a lot depends on how the UK NXT show is going to be set up. I’d love to see the titles change hands here, but if Moustache Mountain are going off to the UK show then it doesn’t make any sense. They could have Bate and Seven drop the titles again quickly, or work both shows for a while, but it does feel like this feud has somewhat run its course. Undisputed ERA have been superb champions, in a devious, underhand, win at any costs kind of way. And, looking at the team coming up to challenge for the titles, they do seem to be the best option.

Prediction: Undisputed ERA

 

Shayna Baszler (C) vs Kairi Sane – NXT Women’s Championship match

Shayna Baszler and Kairi Sane

The first time Baszler and Sane fought was in the final of last year’s Mae Young Classic. With this year’s MYC recorded and due to broadcast soon, it would be the perfect fairytale ending to have Kairi Sane win the title at NXT TakeOver Brooklyn IV. Trouble is, I’m not convinced it would be the best thing for the NXT women’s division.

Shayna Baszler is ridiculously easy to build a feud with. She has no respect for anyone and has a track record of being a bully. You could position literally anyone in the division against her and build a convincing storyline around it. I don’t think the same can be said for Kairi Sane. Sane is well liked and well respected. I love a nice respectful contest between two talented performers, it makes me happy, but it’s not a great way to establish characters in a division in the midst of a rebuild.

I can see them doing the feel-good ending and giving Sane the title. She deserves a decent title run, she’ll be an excellent representative for the division. But I don’t think this is the right time for it to happen. Baszler has done a great job as champion, despite the multitude of reservations voiced about her lack of experience coming in. I don’t think it’s time for it to be over yet.

Prediction: Shayna Baszler

 

Tommaso Ciampa vs Johnny Gargano – NXT Championship – Last Man Standing – match

Tommaso Ciampa and Johnny Gargano
Photo credits: wwe.com

I’m going to say the unpopular thing – I don’t need to see this match again. It’s too soon, even if this one is for the title.

Ok, I know Aleister Black was supposed to be part of the match, and that would have made it much more interesting. Accidents happen and hopefully Black will be back soon. In the meantime, we have Ciampa versus Gargano again and there is nothing left for them to do to each other without causing one or both of them permanent damage.

For me, the most interesting part of the story is Gargano’s descent into being everything he hates. The ultimate in sympathetic babyfaces appears to be losing the plot. He’s a ball of barely controlled rage, and he can’t seem to stop it spilling over when his former best friend is around. The fact it’s his fault Ciampa is champion might have been the final straw. On a side note, Gargano is my current favourite for having attacked Aleister Black, Ciampa is just too obvious.

While a strong case could be made for a Gargano win, I don’t think it’s on the cards. Ultimately, I think that rage could be Gargano’s downfall. Ciampa is cold and calculating, Gargano is driven by hate and frustration and therefore more likely to make a mistake.

I’m not sure how they are ever going to end this feud, but they need to find some way of giving it a break for a while at least. That wouldn’t happen with a Gargano win, Ciampa would be entitled to a rematch and where do you go from here? Seriously, what’s left?

Almost anything could happen in this match, such is the nature of last man standing, but I think a Ciampa win is the most logical outcome.

Prediction: Tommaso Ciampa

 

 

I have to admit, I’ve been covering NXT for a goodly while now, and this is the least confident I’ve been in my predictions for a long time. I won’t be the slightest bit surprised if I have got every single one wrong. That’s quite a nice feeling, there’s nothing worse than complete predictability, where’s the fun if you can work out what’s going to happen.

Anyway, check back on Rear View Reviews from a few hours after the event for my full review of NXT TakeOver Brooklyn IV. And don’t forget the early start if you’re watching live.

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