WWE NXT had the opportunity of putting on their quarterly Takeover special on November 19 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The main event was Samoa Joe vs. Shinsuke Nakamura for the WWE NXT championship. This was the second meeting between the two behemoths, as Nakamura defeated Joe in their first match together and won the NXT title. To that point, the Japanese-native was undefeated in the WWE.
That was, until last night in Toronto at NXT Takeover. After four great matches with big participants in each, Joe and Nakamura fought valiantly and put on a spectacle for the WWE Universe at home, and at the Air Canada Centre. Joe finally hit the muscle buster and captured his second NXT championship, the only one to ever accomplish such a feat. It was Nakamura’s first loss in the WWE and first defense of the belt at a Takeover special.
As for the other matches on the docket, Tye Dillinger and the “glorious” Bobby Roode opened the show. Throughout the night, no other match had the crowd interaction this one did, perhaps aside from DIY and the Revival. Roode defeated the Canadian-native in a good match. DIY and Revival had arguably the match of the year in their NXT Tag-Team championship match. It went back-and-forth throughout the bout and the team of Johnny Gargano and Tommasso Ciampa came out on top for their first title in the WWE.
The Authors of Pain won the Dusty Rhodes Tag-Team Classic over TM61. It wasn’t the highlight of the night, but each group still brought their A-game the men’s first time on NXT Takeover in the spotlight. Lastly, Mickie James returned to the WWE for the first time since 2010 and lost to Asuka in a great fight. After the NXT Takeover Toronto special, Triple H, the head for NXT, commented on the show and was quite thrilled, with the synopsis provided by Daily Wrestling News.
“Triple H commented on Tye Dillinger, saying he knew tonight was his breakout night but then it fell apart. Regarding Bobby Roode, Triple H says he had a chip on his shoulder coming into this with a 100-person choir but just imagine the chip he has now. He imagines The Revival will be coming back and looking for their rematch. He mentions DIY came up with their own nickname because they have done their own careers how they wanted.
“Regarding Mickie James vs. NXT Women’s Champion Asuka, Triple H says Asuka has been one of those dominant champions that has cleaned out her division.He says people assumed this was Nakamura’s era and you could see the shock on their faces when Joe won. He says we haven’t seen the end of Nakamura and it will be interesting to see where this rivalry goes as he does not believe it’s over.”
In a recent article by the Inquisitr, Triple H hinted at another rematch for the NXT championship between Shinsuke Nakamura and Samoa Joe. It would the third meeting between the two, but many WWE fans expected one of them to make an appearance at Survivor Series, followed by a call-up to the main roster. It was supposed to be Joe, but his NXT championship win disregards any idea of him being called up anytime soon.
Overall, NXT Takeover Toronto was a huge success. DIY and the Revival stole the show, the women’s match enhanced the overall quality of the night and the main event sealed a great night of professional wrestling from WWE NXT.
The brand from Orlando continues to have great shows, with weekly programming complementing it soundly. The WWE will move on from here with more shows that will ultimately build up to their NXT Takeover special the weekend of WrestleMania 33. Who will be called up next to the WWE’s main roster? Perhaps we’ll see tonight at Survivor Series.
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