Tommaso Ciampa interrupted Aleister Black vs. Johnny Gargano, leading NXT General Manager William Regal to make a huge TakeOver proclamation

August 9, 2018
Aleister Black vs. Johnny Gargano: WWE NXT, Aug. 8, 2018

Aleister Black and Johnny Gargano look to settle the score as they meet in one-on-one competition. Video courtesy of the award-winning WWE Network

Aleister Black and Johnny Gargano’s grudge match — the result of two weeks of wild twists and turns that saw Gargano cause Black to lose the NXT Title to Tommaso Ciampa, and Black repay him with a wicked Black Mass — started out ferociously. There was no feeling-out process to be had, just vitriolic hits backed by plenty of ill will.

After a double clothesline floored both Superstars, however, their rollicking brawl was suddenly halted by the intrusion of Ciampa. The Blackheart threw Gargano out of the ring, prompting the referee to call for the bell. He then went after Black, who had earlier been announced as Ciampa’s challenger at TakeOver: Brooklyn 4. The NXT announce team speculated that Ciampa was looking to weaken The Dutch Destroyer ahead of their title clash.

However, the brawl quickly enveloped all three Superstars, with punches and kicks being thrown in every direction. As a swarm of NXT referees rushed the ring to break up the fight, NXT General Manager William Regal arrived on the scene and, declaring the three-way rivalry “out of control,” ruled that the NXT Title Match at TakeOver: Brooklyn will now be a Triple Threat Match featuring Ciampa, Black and Gargano!

What will happen in Brooklyn on Saturday, Aug. 18, when the NXT Championship is on the line in a Triple Threat Match for the very first time at TakeOver?

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