NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn 4 airs live on the WWE Network tonight from the Barclays Center. And to help you prepare, The Sheet has a fresh batch of predictions from “The Outlaw” John Rocha!
We’ve got 4 titles on the line in this one spread out over 5 combustible matches. NXT has been making a great push behind these feuds with some great promos, backstage antics and warm up matches on the last few weeks of their programming.
Now it’s time to take a look at these matches and see who might be retaining their belt and who might be walking out of the Barclays Center as a new champion.
Velveteen Dream vs EC3
Whether they’re on the same team or on opposite corners, these two have quickly built great chemistry with their promos and their work in the ring. Velveteen is a massive fan favorite now and has put over so many of the OTHER competitors. It’s also why he’s never won at any of the previous versions of NXT Takeover Brooklyn. So, will this be his time to win?
EC3 is a powerful up and comer whose physique, personality and character has made him a wrestler that fans are itching to see more from. This seems like the perfect match to show everyone all the tools in his arsenal. This one promises to be a barn burner and it should absolutely start the show. EC3 won’t be affected whether he wins or loses, however, which is why I think Velveteen takes it home.
PREDICTION: Velveteen Dream by pinfall
NXT Tag Team Championship Match
Undisputed Era (c) vs. Mustache Mountain
Ok. We all know that The Undisputed Era is essentially the modern day Four Horsemen (believe me I know about Horsemen) and I would argue that Roderick Strong and Kyle O’Reilly have put on some memorable matches that honor the great Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard.
But Tyler Bate and Trent Seven have imported their own brand of tag team wrestling from England that has dazzled the NXT fans with their moves, high tolerance for pain and those damn mustaches!
The last match between these four absolutely tore the house down and brought new meaning to the term LEG DAY. The Undisputed Era is more attractive and interesting when they hold the belts, so I’ve got Strong and Reilly retaining here with some possible division between the mentor and the mentee. Someone is getting their mustache betrayed here!
PREDICTION: Undisputed Era (after you totally think they’re going to lose)
NXT Women’s Championship Match
Shayna Baszler (c) vs. Kairi Sane
This one on the surface seems like a given for Baszler. Her campaign of intimidation and destruction has been something to see. Her transition from MMA star to NXT star has been complete for some time now, but it’s easy to forget that she is STILL learning the wrestling game.
She’s also had two great matches recently against wrestlers who forced her to bring more tools out of her toolbox in Nikki Cross and Toni Storm.
So, after all this, does a Japanese space pirate like Kairi Sane have any chance against this agent of destruction? Well, you’d have to look at the unpredictable style and moves of Sane to get your answer … which is YES! Sane defies expectations all the time in the ring and, of course, she is not easily intimidated because she doesn’t seem to understand how to be intimidated.
My penchant for making crazy predictions has to come in play here. Kairi will take this one in a massive upset because it’s time to shake things up for Baszler and make room for Bianca Blair to have a rivalry with Baszler.
PREDICTION: Kairi Sane in a surprising clean finish.
North American Championship
Adam Cole (c) vs. Ricochet
Adam Cole BABAY!
The North American Champion faces one of his toughest tests since winning the championship. Cole has done an excellent job being the inaugural champion. He always puts on a great match and gets the best out of whatever competitor he locks up with in the ring. But rarely has he had a chance to go toe-to-toe with a high flier like Ricochet. So, this match should be insane!
Ricochet with his pedigree already in place from other federations came into NXT as an immediate hit with the NXT fans and many people feel that he will take the belt off Cole here. I am not one of them.
I think Ricochet needs more time to build up his rep in NXT and carry the belt. Also, there are rumors that he has an injury. So this might be an excuse to have a barnstormer of a match that Cole wins by the skin of his teeth and give Ricochet an injury layoff.
PREDICTION: Adam Cole defeats Ricochet ……. barely!
Tommaso Ciampa (c) vs. Johnny Gargano
The Aleister Black injury cleared the way for this match to happen….AGAIN! We’ve seen just about everything these two men have to offer each other in the ring. Yet, somehow Gargano still hasn’t learned his lesson and accepted that Ciampa is the better man. Ciampa almost murdered Gargano at the end of that Chicago Street Fight at NXT Takeover Chicago earlier this year … so what is left to be seen in a Last Man Standing Match?!?
All I know is that no matter how much I hate that these two guys are going at it again so quickly after that Chicago match, I can’t resist hoping that this one sets the Barclays Center on fire (which is not out of the realm of possibility for these two).
Gargano looks like he’s due. I mean, what better way to get the best of your hated rival once and for all than beating him into submission AND taking his championship belt off him? However, I think Johnny Wrestling is best as a loveable underdog who doesn’t quite get to the mountain top. The Dusty Rhodes vibe is so prevalent here with him. So, I think Ciampa breaks Gargano and Candice LeRae’s heart and takes this one.
PREDICTION: Tommaso Ciampa defeats Johnny Wrestling
Sound off in the comments below and tell us if you agree or disagree with each pick!