Original Air Date: August 22, 2018
Event Date: August 18, 2018
(available on the WWE Network)
Commentary: Mauro Ranallo, Nigel McGuinness, Percy Watson
Ring Announcer: Kayla Braxton
Clips and results from Takeover: Brooklyn 4.
“Resistance” by Powerflo
Bianca Belair vs Deonna Purrazzo
(referee: Jessika Carr)
Result: Bianca Belair wins via pinfall after a torture rack into a sit-out facebuster
Good match. I think the result should probably have gone the other way, but I understand and like what they’re doing with Belair. Purrazzo seemed more polished, but Belair managed to fight back with her power. I liked the struggle
Cathy Kelley asks Velveteen Dream what his Takeover victory means to him and what’s next. Dream tells Kelley to watch NXT on Wednesday to find out like everyone else.
Mike Rome asks EC3 about his loss. EC3 says the “top 1%” is a mindset, not a tax bracket. Nothing is over until EC3 wins. EC3 also thinks Lars Sullivan is the man who attacked Aleister Black.
Strong and O’Reilly defended the tag titles at Takeover, but Cole lost the North American Title to Ricochet later in the night.
Roderick Strong and Kyle O’Reilly don’t like Ricochet talking about Adam Cole. Pete Dunne tells Strong and Cole to get lost. Ricochet thanks Dunne, but Dunne has eyes for Ricochet’s North American Title.
Zack Gibson ties his boots.
A profile of Zack Gibson.
Clips from the NXT Women’s Title match at Takeover: Brooklyn 4.
Cathy Kelley asks Shayna Baszler about her loss. Baszler makes the point that Kairi Sane didn’t beat Baszler, Baszler just lost tonight. Baszler says she is still the better fighter. Baszler walks away with Ronda Rousey, Jessamyn Duke, and Marina Shafir.
Clips from the Last Man Standing match between Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa at Takeover.
WWE took over New York for Summer Slam weekend.
WWE United Kingdom Title Match
Zack Gibson vs Pete Dunne (UK Champ)
(referee: Darryl Sharma)
Result: Pete Dunne wins via pinfall after the Bitter End
Great match. Dunne and Gibson met each other nearly move for move and strike for strike for a lot of this match. As the fight went on, Gibson started to pull ahead. Dunne has rarely looked as vulnerable as he did here, and it was interesting to see. I think with him being even more of a fan favorite compared to last year, he’ll probably get beat up like this more often. The finish to the match was good even if some of Gibson’s actions were odd.
This was a fine recap show for Takeover. Though the wrestling was limited, the matches were quite good.
Match of the Night
Zack Gibson vs Pete Dunne
This was a lot of fun to watch.
Official Results: https://www.wwe.com/shows/wwenxt/2018-08-22