7 Ups And 3 Downs From NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn IV


3. If We’re Going To Nitpick…

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Most times, these NXT TakeOver events are so good, it’s a struggle to find more than one or two negatives. In this case, let’s lodge a very minor gripe in what otherwise was an incredible match – as we’ll see later in the “Ups” column.

The tag title match between Undisputed Era and Mustache Mountain was rising to a crescendo with Trent Seven ditching the towel (rather than throwing it in), getting the tag and running crazy on UE. He hit Kyle O’Reilly with the Seven Stars Lariat for a close 2. Then he and Tyler Bate hit O’Reilly with the kneedrop/Burning Hammer combo that won them the tag titles earlier this summer… for 2.

Moments later, Roderick Strong and O’Reilly hit Seven with a high-low for the pin. The gripe here is that O’Reilly was hit with two finishing moves, including one that looked lethal, only for Seven to fall to the high-low. There were a dozen more hard-hitting moves hit during the match, making that move look less impressive.

If there has been a more explosive finisher, it would have capped off this trifecta perfectly. As it stands, the finisher didn’t hurt the match – it was the only thing this writer noticed worth noting as a negative.


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.