On Saturday night, NXT invaded the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York for the fourth straight NXT Takeover Brooklyn event. We had the third installment in the blood feud between Tommaso Ciampa and Johnny Gargano for the NXT Championship. The polar opposite characters of the “Pirate Princess” Kairi Sane and the “Queen of Spades” Shayna Baszler square off for the NXT Women’s Championship. The Undisputed Era put their NXT Tag Team and North American Championships on the line and we had the first in-ring encounter between EC3 and the Velveteen Dream.
Undisputed Era (C) vs. Moustache Mountain
The Undisputed Era kicked off the broadcast one year after they debuted in this very building for Takeover Brooklyn III. Since winning the tag titles late last year, they have been one of the can’t miss pieces of NXT in 2018, especially with their exceptional rivalry with their opponents tonight in Moustache Mountain. It only makes sense to kick off Brooklyn IV with four of the best workers the NXT tag team division has to offer.
Moustache Mountain are lighter, leaner and speedier, while the Undisputed Era are meticulous and cerebral, focusing on certain injured appendages or cutting off half the ring to give them as close to a two-on-one advantage as possible. Together, the two teams created a white-hot battle that never let up once from bell-to-bell. Tyler Bate continues to show off that he is still learning at 21, even while being an exceptional competitor as is. Undisputed Era focused heavily on Bate’s knee in this match, leading to the reutilization of the “throwing in the towel” spot from their last match together on NXT with Seven now mentally debating the throw instead.
This has easily been the best tag team feud in NXT since the days of the Revival and DIY. I for one can’t wait to see if there is another installment at War Games in November, or even sooner. An insanely fun match to kick-off the night with the Undisputed Era keeping their belts for the time being, even with the War Raiders making their presence known post-match.
Winner: Undisputed Era Time: 18:06 Rating: 4.5 Stars