Tonight's episode of NXT TV provided a taste of what's to come in the NXT Tag Team Championship match at TakeOver: Brooklyn IV this Saturday as Tyler Bate battled Roderick Strong. Bate picked up the win via the Tyler Driver '97. NXT Women's Championship number one contender Kairi Sane was also in action. She defeated Aaliyah. In tag team action, the Street Profits claimed victory over The Mighty by nefarious means. In the final build to their TakeOver bout, EC3 and the Velveteen Dream traded words and then traded punches. EC3 got the better of the confrontation and stood tall at the end. On next week's show, Pete Dunne will defend his WWE U.K. Championship against 2018 U.K. Championship tournament winner Zack Gibson.
Ahead of SummerSlam in New York on Sunday, Big Show attended a children's hospital event at Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack, New Jersey. Big Show, as well as Nia Jax and Ember Moon, will do arts and crafts, autographs and photos with children at the hospital throughout Monday. Big Show will be one of a few WWE superstars who throughout the week will attend various charity events throughout the New York-New Jersey area.
In the closing moments of Monday Night Raw, Dean Ambrose returned to WWE TV for the first time in eight months. After the long layoff due to a triceps injury, he'll be in Seth Rollins' corner for Rollins' Intercontinental title match against champion Dolph Ziggler at SummerSlam.
In this week’s NXT TV main event, Johnny Gargano battled former NXT Champion Aleister Black who sought revenge for Gargano’s part in him losing the NXT Championship to Tommaso Ciampa a few weeks ago. However, Ciampa interfered, ambushed both Gargano and Black and the match was ruled a no contest. Following the fracas, NXT General Manager William Regal emerged and announced that Ciampa would defend his NXT title against both Black and Gargano in a triple threat at TakeOver: Brooklyn IV.
Former Pro Wrestling Guerrilla World Champion and recent NXT signee Keith Lee made his NXT TV debut on Wednesday night. He picked up a quick win over Marcel Barthel. In a Mae Young Classic qualifying match, two superstars who took part in last year's tournament faced off for an opportunity to claim the final spot at this year's event. Taynara Conti, who lost to Lacey Evans in last year's Mae Young Classic, deafened Vanessa Borne to qualify for this year's tournament. In other action, Nikki Cross defeated Amber Nova and Kassius Ohno picked up a win over Adrian Jaoude. Ricochet was also scheduled to be in action, but when his music hit, his unconscious body was brought to the stage by the Adam Cole and the Undisputed Era.
During a promo by new NXT Champion Tommaso Ciampa that oozed with arrogance, former champion Aleister Black emerged and intended to interrupt. However, Johnny Gargano surged past Black and attacked Ciampa. As Ciampa retreated through the crowd, Gargano admitted he was the reason Black lost the title last week. Black responded with a Black Mass spinning heel kick to the jaw of Gargano as the crowd chanted "you deserve it," towards a fallen Gargano.
Despite Velveteen Dream's attempt at causing a distraction, EC3 picked up a win over Kona Reeves. The Dream vs. EC3 match at TakeOver: Brooklyn IV was made official tonight. General Manager William Regal also announced that Ricochet will challenge Adam Cole for the North American Championship at TakeOver. In tag team action, Heavy Machinery claimed victory over The Mighty when the Street Profits appeared and The Mighty lost focus. Also in the tag team division, Moustache Mountain defeated Matt Knox and Brandon Taylor. Afterwards, they announced that they will invoke their NXT Tag Team Championship rematch clause at TakeOver against The Undisputed Era. Shifting to the women's division, NXT Women's Champion Shayna Baszler picked up a win over Candice LeRae. When Baszler continued the onslaught after the match, her TakeOver opponent Kairi Sane made the save, but Baszler managed to sneak in a cheap shot on Sane before exiting.
By virtue of her win over Carmella in the main event of SmackDown, Charlotte Flair has been added to what's now a triple threat match for the SmackDown women's championship at SummerSlam. It'll now be Carmella defending her title against both Flair and Becky Lynch.
Brian Christopher Lawler, who rose to prominence in the world of professional wrestling as Grand Master Sexay in the WWE in the late 1990s, died Sunday in Tennessee at the age of 46. Lawler, who was being held in the Hardeman County Jail in Tennessee on DUI-related charges stemming from an arrest in early July, was found hanging in his cell on Saturday night, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. Lawler was taken to Regional One Medical Center in Memphis, where he died Sunday afternoon. The son of WWE Hall of Famer Jerry "The King" Lawler, Brian made waves as one half of the tag team "Too Cool" alongside Scotty 2 Hotty, a.k.a. Scott Taylor. Brian's brother Kevin posted the following on Facebook Sunday evening: "Lots of different stories and rumors about my brother today. But as of 30 minutes ago he has officially passed. I love U and will miss U my brother! A very sad day today. Words can't describe."
It's official -- for the third time in as many Universal title defenses, Brock Lesnar will put his championship on the line against Roman Reigns at SummerSlam. Reigns defeated Bobby Lashley to close out Monday Night Raw to earn that match. Lesnar will be in attendance next week on Raw, in Miami. We also learned two other SummerSlam matches Monday night; Dolph Ziggler defends his Intercontinental championship against Seth Rollins, while Braun Strowman will put his Money in the Bank briefcase on the line against Kevin Owens.
The following contains major SPOILERS coming out of tonight's NXT taping from Full Sail. As reported on WWE.com, Tommaso Ciampa defeated Aleister Black to become the NXT Champion. Ciampa becomes the 14th different superstar to hold the title. The match will air on NXT TV next week on the WWE Network.
Daniel Cormier also talks about how his life has changed since his victory at UFC 226. "I've got nine months to fight twice" "[Brock] should've stayed in WWE."
Roman Reigns after the WWE won the League Humanitarian Leadership Award in Los Angeles.
Two-division UFC champion and big WWE fan Daniel Cormier reacts to Hulk Hogan being reinstated into the WWE Hall of Fame. Video from Farbod Esnaashari.