For the first NXT special since TakeOver: Brooklyn II in August, WWE’s developmental program debuted in Canada for NXT TakeOver: Toronto, one night before the 30th annual WWE Survivor Series. Shinsuke Nakamura will put up the NXT Championship in a rematch against Samoa Joe, while Mickie James made her first official NXT appearance by challenging Asuka for the NXT Women’s Championship. The NXT Tag Team Championship was defended by The Revival while The Authors of Pain and TM-61 competed in the finals of the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic. And Bobby Roode was in singles action against Tye Dillinger.
NXT TakeOver: Toronto Preview
This will be the fifth consecutive TakeOver event headlined by Samoa Joe. He battled Finn Balor at TakeOver: London and Dallas, both losing efforts for Joe. At NXT TakeOver: The End, Joe finally defeated Finn for the title in a Steel Cage Match. Then, at Brooklyn II, Joe dropped the title to Shinsuke Nakamura. With both men clearly headed for the main roster in the not-so-distant future, this rematch will likely be one chapter in a storied rivalry that could grow to be as epic as Shawn Michaels and Bret Hart.
Mickie James, who hasn’t competed inside a WWE ring since 2010, makes her return by challenging the undefeated NXT Women’s Champion Asuka. James, a former WWE Women’s and WWE Divas Champion, will try to do what no else in NXT has been able to do. If Mickie James can’t stop Asuka, who will NXT give her next?
The Revival will be at 165 days as NXT Tag Team Champions if they can get past #DIY at NXT TakeOver. They currently have the third-longest reign as NXT tag champs, just passing their first reign of 162 days. In a Two-Out-Of-Three Falls Match, can “Johnny Wrestling” Gargano and Tommaso “Psycho Killer” Ciampa earn their first taste of NXT gold?
In other tag team action, Paul Ellering’s Authors of Pain face TM-61 in the finals of the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic. Because of Ellering’s interference in recent matches, he will hang in a shark cage above the ring. For longtime WWE fans, this will almost certainly conjure up memories of Paul Bearer circa 1996.
The fifth match booked for NXT TakeOver: Toronto is Bobby Roode vs. Tye Dillinger. Having the most popular theme song and entrance on the roster hasn’t hurt Roode’s transition from TNA to NXT. After feigning interest in winning the Dusty Rhodes Classic and turning on his partner Tye Dillinger, the “Glorious” one faces the “Perfect 10” in a battle of two Ontario-born wrestlers in front of their countrymen.
NXT TakeOver: Toronto Results
The following includes the results of all the matches and segments from NXT TakeOver: Toronto on November 19. TakeOver aired live from the Air Canada Centre in Calgary, and can currently be viewed on the WWE Network.
NXT TakeOver: Toronto Pre-Show On The WWE Network
Similar to a weekly episode of Monday Night Raw or SmackDown Live, this NXT special had a 30-minute pre-show available to view without a subscription to the WWE Network. The pre-show featured WWE personalities Lita, Charly Caruso, and Mauro Ranallo. The warm-up to NXT TakeOver can be viewed live on the WWE Network, YouTube, Facebook, and a variety of other online services.
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Bobby Roode defeated Tye Dillinger
The NXT Universe was incredibly hot for this opener. Despite losing the match, the “Perfect 10” got a standing ovation from the crowd before returning to the locker room. Bobby Roode continues to dominate in NXT.
The Authors of Pain defeated TM-61 to win the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Tournament
Even with Paul Ellering locked in a shark cage above the ring, the WWE Hall of Fame manager found a way to help his team. Dropping a chain from the cage down to The Authors of Pain, they put the weapon to use as they defeated TM-61 and won the second annual Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Tournament.
#DIY defeated The Revival for the NXT Tag Team Championship
After The Revival got a 1-0 lead in the 2-Out-Of-3 Falls Match, Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa scored a come-from-behind win. Two falls in a row earned them their first stint as NXT Tag Team Champions.
Asuka defeated Mickie James for the NXT Women’s Championship
NXT Women’s Champion Asuka remains undefeated after Mickie James tapped out. It was a very competitive match, but the champ showed little respect for the challenger after the match.
Samoa Joe defeated Shinsuke Nakamura for the NXT Championship
In the main event, Samoa Joe was able to accomplish what no one else in NXT has been able to do so far: defeat Shinsuke Nakamura. In recapturing the title, Samoa Joe becomes the first-ever two-time NXT Champion.
The above NXT TakeOver: Toronto results have been corroborated by WWE’s official NXT page.
Where To Watch NXT TakeOver: Toronto
NXT TakeOver: Toronto aired Saturday, November 19 on the WWE Network. The program will began at 8/7c. The NXT TakeOver: Toronto Pre-Show aired at 7:30/6:30c. For viewers who couldn’t watch the show live, it is currently available to stream on-demand.
The fallout from TakeOver: Toronto will hit the WWE Network in just a few days. WWE NXT airs weekly on the WWE Network at 8/7c on Wednesday evenings. Replays of WWE NXT are made available on the WWE Network immediately. Additionally, full episodes of WWE NXT air the following day on Hulu.
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