Live from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, Tomasso Ciampa defeated Johnny Gargano in their Last Man Standing Match to retain his NXT Championship at the 2018 NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn 4 pay-per-view (PPV). In other TakeOver news, two new champions were crowned when Kairi Sane defeated Shayna Baszler to become the new NXT Women’s Champion, and Ricochet defeated Adam Cole to become the new NXT North American Champion.
Full results of the 2018 NXT TakeOver PPV, below:
The Undisputed Era (Kyle O’Reilly and Roderick Strong) defeated Moustache Mountain (Tyler Bate and Trent Seven) to retain their NXT Tag Team Champions
The match started off with a bang, with the Undisputed Era attacking Moustache Mountain as soon as the bell rung. Having said that, it didn’t take long for Mountain to come back, and the challenging tag team did dominate early on in the bout. In fact, Tyler Bate showed his strength halfway through the match, with O’Reilly on his back, while Roderick Strong was in front of him, and he was able to slam both men at the same time. The match was an incredible one to start off the PPV, with both tag teams giving it in their all. In the end, it was a double-team on Seven by O’Reilly and Strong that was responsible for their victory. O’Reilly ended up pinning Seven, winning the match to retain their NXT Championships. During the post-match celebration, War Raiders attacked The Undisputed Era from behind and laid a beatdown on them.
Velveteen Dream defeated EC3
After a stellar tag team championship match that opened the show, NXT TakeOver rolled out EC3 versus Velveteen Dream, and it did not disappoint. While EC3 did launch an offensive attack early on, Dream came back in the match. In fact, it didn’t take long for this bout to roll outside the ring, with Dream laying a beatdown on EC3, and then taking a drink out of a water bottle from the commentary booth. The match was high-flying, fast-paced, and very entertaining. In the end, Dream came out victorious when he laid an elbow drop over the top rope from the outside of the ring to knock out EC3 and gain the three-count on him.
— WWE (@WWE) August 18, 2018
Ricochet defeated Adam Cole to become the new NXT North American Champion
With Adam Cole taunting Ricochet by telling him, “you’re not special”, the two locked up, with a slow start to the match. The pace eventually picked up, and Adam Cole (bay-bay) seemingly had the upper hand early on. Ricochet would come back, and the two would have an evenly-toned bout, where no one man dominated. Some highlights included: Cole hitting Ricochet with a Super Kick, mid-air, as he tried to leap off the top rope; Cole rolling out of the way, before Ricochet could jump off the top rope; Ricochet leaping over the top rope to the outside and taking Cole by surprise and off the apron along with him; Ricochet defeating Cole shortly after flipping off the top rope for his finisher, to become the new NXT North American Champion.
— Triple H (@TripleH) August 19, 2018
Kairi Sane defeated Shayna Baszler to become the new NXT Women’s Champion
Sane was quick to bring Shayna down to mat level shortly after the bell rung, trying to get her locked in a submission maneuver; however, Baszler was able to get out of these holds, but was quite rattled by the move. In fact, Sane was able to launch a bit of an offensive attack, still, Shayna was able to come back, by launching some kicks to the right knee of Kairi. While Shayna tried to intimidate Sane, Kairi would not let the tactics get to her. This almost infuriated Baszler more. End result? Shayna focused on that knee, brutally laying an assault – and this still didn’t keep Sane down as she fought through the pain. She continued to fight back with Shayna, laying multiple moves and counter moves on Baszler, giving her a run for her money. Sane pulled a win out of her pocket when Baszler blocked Sane’s finisher off the top rope, and Shayna instantly placed her in a submission hold. Sane countered that move and was able to hold Baszler’s shoulder on the match (while still in Shayna’s hold), for the three-count and the championship win.
— Triple H (@TripleH) August 19, 2018
Tommaso Ciampa defeated Johnny Gargano to retain his NXT Championship – Last Man Standing Match
These two went at it, straight after the bell rung. Is there any other way when it comes to Gargano versus Ciampa? The NXT TakeOver crowd had already been pumped up, thanks to the incredible matches that already took place and they were roaring to go for Last Man Standing. The bout quickly rolled outside the ring, as Gargano threw Tommaso across one barricade to another; the two would then break through the announcers’ table, shortly after. It didn’t take long before a steel chair would enter the mix, and Ciampa was the victim of it, as Gargano let out steam, aggression, and vengeance on his former partner; however, it would be Johnny, moments later, who also felt the wrath of the steel chair. Both men pulled out all the stops, and on an incredible match, with Gargano even unleashing a fire extinguisher, partially blinding Ciampa; pulling out the ring mat, wrestling on an exposed ring mat; and Gargano accidently hitting a ringside helper, which caught him off guard and allowed Ciampa to attack him. At one point, Ciampa placed barricades, chairs, and everything in between to keep Gargano down for the count, but the idea failed, and Johnny Wrestling rose before the referee got to 10 count. After more beatdowns, including throwing Ciampa through a table, Gargano handcuffed Tommaso to some stage equipment. As Tomasso couldn’t stand up, the referee started counting, but not before Johnny tried to knee Ciampa, laying himself out. As the ref started a new count, with both men down, and as Gargano tried to get up, Tomasso fell over, landing on his feet, right at the 10 count. Ciampa won the match and retained his championship.