WWE NXT 08/15/18 is the “go home” show for NXT TakeOver Brooklyn 4 this Saturday night. The card has been announced for TakeOver so we’re getting some b-plot stories tonight and most likely some hype packages. Confirmed matches for tonight include Street Profits vs. The Mighty, Kairi Sane vs. Aliyah, and Tyler Bate vs. Roderick Strong. I’m sure we’ll also get some more breadcrumbs in the “who took out Aleister Black” mystery as well. Let’s see if there are any last-minute changes to the TakeOver card!
WWE NXT 08/15/18 Recap
WWE. Then. Now. Forever.
In memory of Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart.
We open with a dramatic video package showing how the TakeOver NXT Championship match went from a Triple Threat to a Last Man Standing match.
No standard opening credits and we’re taped (originally taped 07/18/18) from Full Sail. Mauro welcomes us and explains that Black is now out of the Triple Threat and we’re getting a Last Man Standing match on Saturday.
Meanwhile, Street Profits music hits and they’re out. The Mighty are out next.
Match #1: Street Profits vs. The Mighty
A decent enough tag team match. Dawkins goes in peril, The Mighty get to show off more of their heel offense, and Ford gets the hot tag sequence to show off what he can do. The finish involves Thorne attempting to grab the tights on a roll up, but Ford is able to roll through and grab some tights of his own to pick up the win for the Profits.
Verdict: Thumbs In The Middle – It’s totally a WWE thing to have the babyfaces “cheat” to win a match so I can’t be too upset. Even still, it’s an odd choice to have the Profits not go over clean. Regardless, Street Profits are a bunch of fun and The Mighty are slowly coming into their own as a heel duo.
Post-match, Ford coaxes the camera operator into giving him his Street Profits cup. Street Profits celebrate their win in the crowd.
Later tonight? The Velveteen Dream will address EC3.
Also, later tonight? Tyler Bate will face Roderick Strong.
Meanwhile, we see Shayna Baszler backstage giving Aliyah some pointers on Aliyah’s upcoming match with Kairi Sane. That match is… next!
“Earlier today”, the Undisputed Era are backstage and cut one of their faction promos. We get a great eye roll out of Kyle when Strong laments how the have to face Moustache Mountain again on Saturday. They also cut a promo on the War Raiders, implying they’re not afraid of them. Fish adds that come Brooklyn, the titles will remain where they belong, on the Undisputed Era. Cole continues by reminding us that one year ago in Brooklyn is where the Undisputed Era began. Fast forward a year and they continue to show their dominance at NXT. This is their Era and that is Undisputed.
Meanwhile, Kairi’s music hits and she’s out. Aliyah is out next. Before the match can start, Baszler’s music hits and she joins commentary.
Match #2: Kairi Sane vs. Aliyah
If you ever wanted to see Aliyah get brutalized, then this is the match for you! After some back and forth, Sane goes on a run that begins with the Interceptor Spear, continues with not one, not two, but three (3!) Insane Elbows, and ends with Kairi slapping on the Anchor and leaning so far back she could look at Baszler and point at her. Aliyah, somehow still alive, taps out.
Verdict: Thumbs Up – We have yet to really see this side from Kairi yet, so this was welcome. A new layer to Sane’s character is what was needed heading into Brooklyn and this segment delivered on that.
Next, we get a hype video on the Adam Cole vs. Ricochet North American Championship match at TakeOver.
Up next? The Velveteen Dream is live!
After no break, Velveteen Dream is out and he’s wearing a fanny pack. He cuts a promo on EC3, saying he had the Dream’s curiosity, but after last week – he now has the Dream’s attention. EC3 has made an enemy out of the Dream and come Saturday… cue EC3’s music. EC3 is out, makes a Prince reference, and takes a jab at the fanny pack. EC3 says he lives in people’s heads – in fact, he builds parking lots and theme restaurants in people’s heads. Dream’s head? That’s a real “fixer upper” but he’ll flip it for a profit at TakeOver. Dream cuts him off and says that on Saturday the only thing in anyone’s mind after their match will be “Dream over”. Full Sail keeps chanting “fanny pack” – proving my theory they will literally chant anything if giving the proper motivation. This escalates into Dream and EC3 “not waiting for Brooklyn”. Dream tosses his vest at EC3 and gets the upper hand. EC3 escapes a DVD attempt and counters it into the One Percenter. EC3 then slides out of the ring backwards to further taunt Dream.
Later tonight? One half of Moustache Mountain takes on one-fourth of Undisputed Era.
Next, we get a “whodunit?” video with Cathy Kelley looking at the possible suspects in the parking lot attack on Aleister Black.
After that, a Ciampa vs. Gargano Last Man Standing Match hype video airs.
Back from break, we see Bianca Belair rehabbing at the Performance Center and learn she should be back to 100% soon.
Next week? Pete Dunne defends the WWE UK Championship against Zack Gibson.
Meanwhile, Moustache Mountain’s music hits and Tyler Bate is out (w/ Trent Seven). Undisputed Era’s theme music hits next and Roderick Strong is out (w/ Kyle O’Reilly).
Match #3: Tyler Bate (w/ Trent Seven) vs. Roderick Strong (w/ Kyle O’Reilly)
A solid enough main event this week. They really toned down the outside interference and just let Bate and Strong beat the crap out of each other for a while. Strong goes after Bate’s back with backbreakers. This is effective as it limits Bate’s offense – including him having to drop Strong just a rotation or two into the Airplane Spin. After a crazy finishing sequence with Strong and Bate bouncing all over the ring and O’Reilly and Seven taken out on the outside – Bate hits the Tyler Driver 97 for the win.
Verdict: Thumbs Up – A strong match (no pun intended) that gives us just a glimpse of what to expect from Saturday’s tag team championship match.
We go off the air on the Undisputed Era heading to the back.
Well, that’s that. Next stop, TakeOver Brooklyn 4 on Saturday.
I’ll have a TakeOver drinking game up later this week and then a recap of TakeOver late Saturday night. Until then…