NXT TakeOver Brooklyn Report feat. Tommaso Ciampa vs. Johnny Gargano

Originally published at https://www.postwrestling.com/2018/08/18/nxt-takeover-brooklyn-report-feat-tommaso-ciampa-vs-johnny-gargano/

Welcome to POST Wrestling’s live coverage of NXT TakeOver Brooklyn from the Barclays Center.

Later tonight, don’t miss the NXT TakeOver Brooklyn POST Show with Braden and I along with Davie Portman, who is attending the show live.

The pre-show was hosted by Charly Caruso with Sam Roberts and Pat McAfee on the panel.

William Regal joined the panel and discussed the severity of the attack on Aleister Black and how it could alter the WWE’s history.

The pre-show matches taped for this week’s NXT episode were:
*Pete Dunne vs. Zack Gibson for the UK title
*Bianca Belair vs. Deonna Purrazzo


The audience was very hot at the start with dueling chants. Seven has a brace on the left knee and plays off the title change on television where Bate threw in the towel.

Bate was in and did the giant swing/airplane spin combination to both opponents. A clothesline took down Bate and they isolated Bate in their corner. They attacked the knee until Bate kicked Strong into the barricade and fought off O’Reilly and eventually tagged Seven.

Strong applied the Stronghold onto Seven and O’Reilly applied a triangle to Bate, who lifted O’Reilly and crashed into Strong to break the submission. The audience was going insane from this point on.

Bate landed a tope onto the floor onto O’Reilly, a shoulder bounce off the rope to clothesline Strong on the floor and then hit a Tyler Driver ’97 to Strong and he kicked out.

They went back to attacking Bate’s left knee, O’Reilly used an Imanari roll into a heel hook on the bad leg. This time Seven grabbed the towel, but he stopped himself from throwing it and instead threw it into the crowd. Bate fought to the corner and tagged Seven.

They hit a double team Burning Hammer knee drop with Bate coming off the top for a huge near fall on O’Reilly.

Strong took out Bate with a flying knee strike, they chop blocked Seven’s knee and hit the High-Low and O’Reilly pinned Seven.


This was a tremendous opening match, the audience was off the charts and it continued the story from the previous match with Seven’s injured knee and also affected Bate with the same injury. There is no better babyface team in the WWE than Bate & Seven.

War Raiders appeared and attacked Kyle O’Reilly and Roderick Strong, concluding with the Fall Out hit to O’Reilly.

Johnny Gargano was shown in the locker room in anticipation of tonight’s title match.


Dream came out with a Notorious B.I.G. inspired outfit and crown. His tights read, “Call Me Up Vince”.

They started slow and then went to the ramp and Dream hit the twisting DDT on the ramp onto EC 3. There was something going on in the audience but Dream tried to play off the loud reaction as though they were cheering him.

Dream worked over EC 3 and sent him to the floor.

Ethan fought back and attempted the one-percenter, it was blocked, but on his second try he hit it for a near fall, that didn’t get a big reaction.

Ethan hit a top rope crossbody and a powerbomb and started to get booed. Ranallo noted that he calls himself, “the baddest dude ever”.

The audience seemed to shift and were chanting for EC 3.

Dream caught him with a superkick and “Dream Valley Driver” for a two-count. EC 3 was cut on the bridge of the nose.

Dream stopped him on the edge of the apron and the hit the DVD onto the edge, and then the Purple Rainmaker on the edge and pinned EC 3 inside the ring.


The match was longer than it needed to be and slow in spots. If this were on Sunday’s show, I think it would have viewed more favorably but TakeOver has such a high standard. Dream was very popular, and the important point was climaxing with a hot finish, which they accomplished.

Matt Riddle was shown in the front row.


Cole had the early advantage and telling Ricochet, “you’re not special.”

Ricochet came back with a Fosbury Flop to the floor and landed on his feet after completing it. He landed a corkscrew splash from the second rope for a two-count. He went for a handspring off the ropes and was met with a backstabber.

Ricochet went for a springboard, Cole attempted a superkicked and was caught. Ricochet went for a quebrada and Cole blasted him with a superkick upside down, hit the Ushigoroshi for an incredible near fall.

They traded big kicks, Cole landed on top for a near fall and then a chant of “Mama Mia” broke out.

Ricochet hit a reverse ‘rana, pulled Cole to the corner and climbed to the top but Cole rolled out of the way to the edge of the apron. Ricochet leaped over the top to hit a huracanrana to the floor. Cole was placed back into the ring, landed the 630 splash and won the match.


This was an athletic spectacle and some of the biggest Ricochet sequences you will ever see. This was outstanding. The near fall from the superkick off the quebrada and Ushigoroshi was amazing.

Kevin Owens and Mark Henry were shown in the crowd.


At the beginning of the match, they showed Ronda Rousey, Marina Shafir, and Jessamyn Duke in the front row.

Baszler attacked her right leg and calf with stomps. Baszler twisted the ankle and while applying pressure and was being checked on by the official after a big stomp to the ankle. Baszler mocked Sane’s pirate walk out of the corner.

Sane landed a big slap and followed with more as she fired up onto Baszler. Sane landed a spinning back fist and a series of rolling neck breakers. Baszler landed a gut wrench suplex off the top.

Sane landed a spear and an elbow drop to the lower back of Baszler. Sane returned to the top, but Baszler rolled to the floor. Sane turned around and hit a high cross to the floor. She hit the Insane elbow off the top and Baszler kicked out. McGuinness noted it was the first time someone has kicked out of the Insane elbow in NXT.

Sane attempted the Anchor and it was turned into the Kirifuda Clutch, Sane began to fade but grabbed the bottom rope.

Sane applied the Anchor while in the ropes and had to the release the submission.

Sane came off the top with the Insane Elbow into the boots of Baszler, she applied the Kirifuda Clutch but as Baszler went down to her back, Sane rolled on top and got the cover and won the match.


This was another great match, perhaps the best that Baszler has had. The finish was great as it looked like Sane had her last grasp at winning and was going to be submitted when she rolled on top for the win. Sane appeared emotional after the match as she held up the title.

Mauro Ranallo had a great call regarding this being the reason these performers wake up at the crack of dawn to train, log all the travel miles and live for moments like this.

There was an ad for NXT UK and just said, “Coming Soon”.


During the ring introduction’s, Gargano jumped Ciampa from behind to start the match.

They brawled around the ring and Gargano sent him into the announcer’s area. Ciampa lifted Gargano and hit an Air Raid crash putting them through a table. Ciampa landed a pair of running knee strikes in the corner, on the third he was hit with a chair to the right knee that had a brace on it.

A chair was set up in the corner, several minutes later Gargano had Ciampa on his shoulder and lawn darted Ciampa into the chair.

Ciampa came back with multiple German suplexes and then hit three Project Ciampas. Ciampa sat down and awaited the count while Gargano was lifeless on the canvas. Gargano got to his feet and superkicked Ciampa in the chair.

The two dropped the other with clotheslines, they each got up at the count of one. Gargano went for a cannonball off the apron and landed on the floor missing Ciampa. He followed by landing a version of Angel’s Wings to Gargano on top of the steps.

Ciampa lifted the ring canvas to expose the wooden boards as a callback to their match in Chicago this past June. Gargano used a fire extinguisher in the face of Ciampa and grabbed the crutch to use as a weapon. They return to the ring, Ciampa attempted the draping DDT onto the wood, which is how he won in Chicago, but Gargano stopped him and reversed to hit the DDT to Ciampa on the wood.

On the floor, Gargano went for a superkick, missed and took out the trainer. This allowed Ciampa to use a chair to run into Gargano. He stacked the injured trainer, the table, and chair on top of Gargano to bury him under the weight. Gargano fought free and made it up at nine.

They brought in handcuffs, which Gargano could only lock onto one of Ciampa’s wrists. Garagno superkicked Ciampa off the apron through two tables stacked on top of each other. Ciampa used the crutch to get to his feet and break the count.

They fought up to the entrance area. Gargano applied the Gargano Escape, Ciampa tapped but it doesn’t matter. Gargano handcuffed Ciampa to the equipment on the stage, Ciampa apologized and begged for forgiveness, Gargano hesitated to finish him, he exposed his knee and delivered the running knee to the face and nearly killed himself in delivering it and flying off the stage.

Gargano knocks himself out and Ciampa is able to get to his feet first and wins the match.


The finish was designed to show that Gargano would go to extreme lengths to beat Ciampa, but in doing so he cost himself the match and his hatred overcame him. Of their three matches this year, I would rank this third. It was a strong main event but didn’t seem the hit the level of the first two.

The audience seemed disappointed with the ending and I’m sure some where confused.

Ranallo teased that Gargano may have dislocated his knee cap from the closing sequence. The trainers checked on Gargano as Ciampa posed over top of him with the title.

Gargano sat on the ramp, the credits appeared and then Ciampa returned but then went off the air.


Tyler bate is an animal. Hell of a match

Normally, I would be the first one to disagree with the majority about a takeover event, but truly tonight, these guys really surprised me and their wasn’t a bad match on the show. Even the gargano vs chiampa match, which I wasn’t looking forward to, actually surprised me and was awesome because they didn’t go overboard like they did in previous matches and told a simple story.

I don’t follow the weekly NXT shows but I always watch the takeover shows. I am pretty sure I have seen Johnny Gargono in 5 or 6 matches and only seen him win once but has had two title shots and lost both. I guess I don’t get how this guy is so over based on the way he is booked. I’m not shocked he lost tonight, he always loses.

Loved the opener and the Cole/Ricochet match. Adam Cole is a legit star and might be the most talented guy on the entire roster. So, obviously, he will be trading wins with Tony Nese on 205 Live in the near future. :roll_eyes:

My favorite comment from my resident non-fan last night.

“So you’re sure those guys (War Raiders) aren’t the Bludgeon Brothers? But they’re named Rowe and Hanson instead of Rowan and Harper? That’s dumb.”

I was able to swing by a friends house who has the Network, caught the end of the women’s match and the main event. Haven’t been paying much attention to NXT since around the time Joe/Nakamura/Asuka got called up, man I really got to catch up on Ciampa’s stuff. I didn’t mind the ending of the last man standing, because I was convinced Gargano would win and wanted the opposite outcome. I wish wrestling announcers paid more attention to the stories being told by the wrestlers in the ring, and how it plays off of the general vibe of the storyline. It seems like with NXT we get a near complete focus on the moves being done, and in WWE we get a near complete focus on the out of the ring storylines. No one is conditioning the audience to say/think “I hope Gargano is able to keep his composure, because as a technical wrestler he has the edge but Ciampa will win an all out brawl.” Instead of just, you know, screaming the names of moves at me.