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Tommaso Ciampa vs Johnny Gargano – Q&A

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Whilst at Summerslam Brock Lesnar vs Roman Reigns and Ronda Rousey possibly winning her first title will grab the headlines, the match a lot of fans are most looking forward to this weekend is for the NXT Championship at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn 4 – Tommaso Ciampa vs Johnny Gargano. Let’s take a look at what we think will happen.

Who will win between Tommaso Ciampa vs Johnny Gargano?

@RobShiers: My heart says Gargano but my head says, Ciampa. I’m going to go with Gargano to finally overcome his great rival. I can understand people thinking Ciampa will not lose so soon into his title run, but WWE loves a fairytale ending and Gargano winning sets up an intriguing triple threat match with Aleister Black.

@JackMcGac: I can imagine that Ciampa will get the win this time. He’s getting the kind of heel heat that needs to be taken advantage of. Gargano has no focus as he’s being distracted by his hatred of Ciampa and I think that will cost him. It would be a nice callback to the Cruiserweight Classic match where Ciampa had the match won but their friendship got in the way.

@Unclesamsbets: As much as I would love to see Johnny Gargano absolutely pulverise Tommaso Ciampa, sadly I don’t see a title change this early in Ciampa’s run.

Will Aleister Black be involved?

@RobShiers: No I think this will come down to just Gargano and Ciampa, Black will likely face the winner either way so he doesn’t need to be involved.

@JackMcGac: I don’t think he will, no. The injury he’s got seems legit and if he was available, I don’t think they would pass up the chance to add him in to give the feud a little more variety. As Gargano cost him his title he would’ve been the absolute babyface in this match and due to that, I can’t see any involvement.

@Unclesamsbets: After being attacked in the parking lot last week the seeds were planted, however, I don’t think there is a need for his involvement.

What is your favourite part of the feud so far?

@RobShiers: I think the unsanctioned match where Johnny Gargano defeated Tommaso Ciampa to win back his place in NXT. The emotion and drama going into the match hooked the fans throughout and they easily stole the show, even earning 5 stars from well-known wrestling journalist Dave Meltzer.

@JackMcGac: My favourite part of the feud is definitely when Ciampa first turned on Gargano. We all expected it to happen when they lost the tag titles to the Authors of Pain, but when they displayed the copyright graphics and it hadn’t happened it was a really clever move to shock viewers. Another part I’m enjoying is the grey area Gargano now finds himself in. After costing Black the title and getting hit with the Black Mass a week later the NXT crowd chanting ‘you deserve it’ shows the obsession with Ciampa is starting to affect his character.

@Unclesamsbets: This is quite simply the best feud in WWE for a few years. To me, this is an old-school feud. Much too often nowadays a feud is something that runs from RAW after Wrestlemania then ends at Summerslam, a few months at max. Whereas this feud has been going on for well over a year and has been executed exceptionally well. Gargano and Ciampa have found a way to captivate the audience on every single occasion. So, in answer to your question, the feud as a whole is my favourite.

Which other match at TakeOver are you most looking forward to?

@RobShiers: Velveteen Dream vs EC3

Possibly the 2 best characters in NXT right now. Velveteen Dream is always hugely entertaining and EC3 is destined to win the NXT Championship one day. The tag team title match will probably be the better technical match but this should be the most entertaining.

@JackMcGac: The Undisputed Era (C) vs Moustache Mountain

NXT TakeOvers are usually fantastic across the card. Every match has been built up well but the standout for me will be Undisputed Era vs Moustache Mountain. All 4 men are among the best wrestlers in the company, with Roderick Strong, in particular, being revitalised since turning heel. If they can match the high standards they set themselves on NXT a few weeks back then I fully expect this to be the match of the weekend.

@Unclesamsbets: The Undisputed Era (C) vs Moustache Mountain

There is every reason to expect fire when these superstars get in the ring for the third time. Their first two encounters were simply outstanding. The second match even managed a 5-star rating from Dave Meltzer!

Match Predictions

Tommaso Ciampa vs Johnny Gargano – NXT Championship

@RobShiers: Johnny Gargano
@JackMcGac: Tommaso Ciampa
@Unclesamsbets: Tommaso Ciampa

Adam Cole vs Ricochet – NXT North American Championship 

@RobShiers: Adam Cole
@JackMcGac: Adam Cole
@Unclesamsbets: Adam Cole (Bay Bay)

The Undisputed Era vs Moustache Mountain – NXT Tag Team Championship

@RobShiers: Undisputed Era
@JackMcGac: Moustache Mountain
@Unclesamsbets: Moustache Mountain

Shayna Baszler vs Kairi Sane – NXT Women’s Championship

@RobShiers: Shayna Baszler
@JackMcGac: Kairi Sane
@Unclesamsbets: Kairi Sane

Velveteen Dream vs EC3

@RobShiers: EC3
@JackMcGac: EC3
@Unclesamsbets: EC3

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