7 Ups And 3 Downs From NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn IV

New champs were crowned, but which ones?

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Whenever one of WWE’s “big four” PPVs rolls around, you know you’re in store for a really good wrestling event that weekend, something worth scheduling on your calendar and settling down to enjoy.

Of course, we’re talking about the Saturday WWE Network event, not the one on Sunday. NXT TakeOver events have been must-see affairs since they began, but in recent years, they have completely overshadowed the WWE PPVs that follow them the next night.

It remains to be seen if SummerSlam can top this, but TakeOver: Brooklyn IV was an outstanding event, producing five matches that varied from “really good” to “flat-out incredible.” It’s hard to be critical of such an event, but there were a couple very minor points to note for improvement.

Beyond those hypercritical instances, TakeOver delivered exactly what NXT fans have come to expect: tremendous wrestling, great conclusions to storylines, a natural progression of angles, and a couple surprises. Saturday’s event check all of those boxes.

We got to see new champions crowned, while others defended their titles. We saw feuds ended and others launched. And we saw outstanding wrestling. You really can’t ask for much more.

With that said, let’s dive right in and see what clicked and what just missed the mark. Let’s get to it…


Scott is a former journalist and longtime wrestling fan who was smart enough to abandon WCW during the Monday Night Wars the same time as the Radicalz. He fortunately became a fan in time for WrestleMania III and came back as a fan after a long high school hiatus before WM XIV. Monday nights in the Carlson household are reserved for viewing Raw -- for better or worse.