– The WWE NXT “Takeover: Toronto” Kickoff pre-show opens with Charly Caruso welcoming us. She’s joined by Mauro Ranallo and WWE Hall of Famer Lita. We see video from earlier today of various Superstars arriving as the panel hypes the show. We go to Dasha Fuentes outside with a bunch of fans chanting for NXT. We get a video for Mickie James vs. Asuka.
– We also see video of Mickie backstage at Takeover. The panel discusses the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic next. Lita predicts The Authors of Pain will defeat TM-61 and Mauro agrees. We get a video for tonight’s NXT Tag Team Title match next. Mauro predicts new champions and Lita agrees. We go to a break. We come back and get another crowd shot from Dasha. They lead us to a video for tonight’s main event. More hype from tonight’s panel before we see Tye Dillinger backstage heading to the ring for The Battle of Canada. We get a video for that match to wrap the pre-show.
– WWE NXT “Takeover: Toronto” opens with a video package for tonight’s show, featuring WWE Hall of Famer Dusty Rhodes.
– We’re live from Toronto as a choir is out on the stage. They start a great rendition of “Glorious” as Bobby Roode makes his way out.
Tye Dillinger vs. Bobby Roode
Roode makes his grand entrance as Tom Phillips welcomes us. He’s joined by Corey Graves on commentary. Tye Dillinger is out next.
Fans chant “this is awesome” as they face off. Roode strikes first and they go at it. They end up on the floor and Tye takes control. Roode turns it around as we get dueling chants now. Roode whips Tye into the barrier but it’s reversed. Tye then backdrops Roode on the floor. They come back in and Tye takes over, doing the Perfect 10 in the corner after taunting Roode. More back and forth. Tye goes to the floor for a breather and Roode comes from behind. Roode takes control and comes back in to pose while Tye is on the floor being counted out. Roode goes back after him.
Roode with several more minutes of offense. The crowd tries to rally behind Tye but Roode keeps control. Roode with a neckbreaker for a 2 count. Roode drops knees now. Roode with right hands in the corner until Tye atomic drops him. Tye fights back now. Tye with a high knee and a clothesline, then a stomp as fans cheer him. Tye with stomps in the corner now. Tye exposes his own knee but Roode retreats to the floor and avoids the Tye Breaker. Tye brings Roode back in the ring but Roode catches him in a spinebuster for a 2 count.
Roode takes Dillinger to the top but Tye resists. More dueling chants from the crowd. Roode hits a superplex for a 2 count. Roode mocks Tye and takes his own kneepad down. Roode does the Dillinger taunts. Roode goes for Tye’s finisher but it’s blocked. The referee catches Roode putting his feet on the bottom rope. Roode thinks he’s won. He argues with the referee. Tye rolls him up for 2. Tye with a superkick for a close 2 count. Fans cheer and chant for NXT as both are down now.
Roode with a right hand. Tye strikes back. They trade big shots in the middle of the ring now. Roode blocks the Tye Breaker. Dillinger blocks the DDT. Dillinger gets the Sharpshooter applied for a big pop. Roode gets the bottom rope. Roode rolls Dillinger up for a 2 count. Roode sends Dillinger into ring posts on both times. Roode nails the big DDT for the win.
Winner: Bobby Roode
– After the match, Roode begins his celebration as we go to replays. Roode poses on the stage before limping to the back. Dillinger recovers in the ring and receives a standing “ten” chant after Roode’s music stops.
– We see Asuka backstage warming up.
– They air a video for the finals of the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic.
Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Finals: The Authors of Pain vs. TM-61
We go to the ring and out comes WWE Hall of Famer Paul Ellering with The Authors of Pain. We see the cage hanging above the ring and see the Dusty Cup sitting at ringside. TM-61 are out next.
Rezar, Akam, Shane Thorne and Nick Miller all watch as the cage is lowered and Ellering enters. The referee locks the cage and has it raised above the ring. Akam starts off with Miller and they go at it. There’s a structure attached to the ring that’s holding the cage up. Thorne hits a big splash from it early on, taking out both AoP at ringside. Fans chant “holy shit” as TM-61 stand tall and Ellering looks on from the cage. They bring it back in but Rezar sweeps Thorne on the apron while the referee isn’t looking. Rezar with a 2 count on Thorne now.
Akam comes back in for some double teaming and a 2 count. Akam keeps control and launches Thorne across the ring for another 2 count. Akam misses a running clothesline in the corner. Rezar tags in. Miller also comes in and unloads on Rezar. Akam comes in but gets slammed. Miller continues to take on both of his opponents. Miller with forearm shots to the jaw. Miller climbs up and nails a moonsault to Rezar for a 2 count. Thorne comes in and they both unload on their opponents. They hit Thunder Valley on Rezar but Akam breaks it up. Miller tosses Akam to the floor and leaps out onto him. Thorne jumps out next.
Ellering drops a chain from the cage while the referee isn’t looking. Rezar grabs it and wraps it around his fist. Thorne comes to the apron but the chain gets knocked into the crowd. Thorne with a close 2 count on Rezar. Rezar slams Thorne. Akam tags in and takes out Miller. They it The Last Chapter on Thorne for the win.
Winners of the 2016 Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic: The Authors of Pain
– After the match, Ellering is lowered to the ring as The Authors celebrate. Triple H, Goldust and William Regal come out to present the trophy to The Authors.
– We get a video package for the next match.
2 of 3 Falls for the NXT Tag Team Titles: Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa vs. The Revival
We go to the ring and DIY is out first. NXT Tag Team Champions Dash Wilder and Scott Dawson are out next. Gargano and Dawson go back and forth to start. Ciampa comes in for a bit of double teaming as Ciampa covers for a 2 count. Dash distracts the referee while Dawson uses a cheap shot to take control of Ciampa. Dash comes in and keeps control.
Ciampa fights back and they both go down. Gargano tags in with Dawson but gets the upperhand. Gargano takes down both champions and hits a neckbreaker on Dawson for a 2 count. Gargano ends up hit with a Shatter Machine out of nowhere for the 3 count. The Revival wins the first fall.
Gargano comes back with a pin attempt on Dawson. Dawson takes Gargano to the apron and mocks DIY before unloading. Dawson distracts the referee, allowing Dash to get in a cheap shot. Dawson with another close 2 count on Gargano. Dash keeps control but can’t get the 3 count. Dawson keeps Gargano grounded now and hits him with a forearm. Gargano finally catches a break as Ciampa waits on the tag. Dash comes from under the ring and tries to pull Ciampa off the apron but Ciampa kicks him off. Ciampa tags in but the referee doesn’t see it. The Revival takes advantage of the referee being distracted by unloading on Gargano. The Revival hits the Hart Attack on Gargano but he kicks out.
Ciampa finally comes in and unloads on Dawson for a close 2 count. More back and forth. Ciampa with the three Germans on Dawson. Ciampa with the running knee to the head for a close 2 count. Fans chant “this is awesome” now. Dawson turns it around on Gargano now. Dash goes up top for a double team but Ciampa pushes Dash off. Ciampa with a crossbody on Dawson for a 2 count. Ciampa with a knee to Dash. The referee orders Dash out of the ring. DIY with the double superkick for a 3 count as Ciampa covers Dawson. DIY get the second fall.
Ciampa and Dash trade shots in the middle of the ring now. Dawson tags himself in. He tangles with Ciampa. Dawson with a close 2 count. Gargano tags in and kicks Dawson in the head. Ciampa drops Dawson but gets uppercut by Dash. Gargano takes out Dash and gets a close 2 count on Dawson with a big DDT. Gargano fights off both members of The Revival now. They hit a nice double team but Ciampa breaks it up right before the 3 count. Dawson launches Ciampa into the ring post. Dawson tags in and is legal now. More “this is awesome” chants. Dawson and Gargano trade shots. Gargano decks Dash on the apron. Gargano continues trading shots with Dawson and decking Dash. He unloads on Dawson. Gargano rolls Dawson up for a close 2 count after kicking Dash off the apron. Dash brings a title belt over and slides it in. Ciampa and Dash tumble to the floor. Gargano tries to kick Dawson in the head but he kicks the title instead.
Gargano sells a knee injury now as fans boo. Dawson applies an inverted Figure Four now. Gargano makes it to the bottom rope. The Revival goes for the DIY finisher but Dawson accidentally superkicks Dash. A Shatter Machine attempt by DIY leads to a close 2 count and “holy shit” chants. Dawson plays hurt and suckers Gargano in for a 2 count. Dash pulls Ciampa off the apron and shoves him into the ring post. Gargano sends Dawson to the floor. Dash takes Gargano’s leg out from behind. Dash goes for a submission but Gargano rolls him up for 2. They trade pin attempts now. Gargano with a submission. Dawson comes in but Ciampa applies the armbar to him. The Revival are down in submissions right next to each other. They tap out to end it.
Winners and New NXT Tag Team Champions: Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa
– After the match, Gargano and Ciampa take it all in as we go to replays. The Revival looks on as fans cheer for the new champions. They take the titles and celebrate with fans at ringside before heading to the back.
– We see WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross at ringside watching.
– We get a video package for the next match.
NXT Women’s Title Match: Mickie James vs. Asuka
We go to the ring and out first comes Mickie James to a pop. NXT Women’s Champion Asuka is out next. We get formal ring introductions from Greg Hamilton.
They lock up and go at it. They trade several holds early on. Mickie with a sliding dropkick. Asuka goes to the floor for a breather. Fans chant “you still got it” at Mickie. Mickie opens the rope and invites Asuka back in the ring. Asuka enters. They go at it again and Asuka keeps control on the mat. Asuka ends up sending Mickie to the floor with a hip attack. Now Asuka opens the rope and invites Mickie to re-enter. Mickie comes in but Asuka gets a cheap shot in and sends Mickie back to the floor with a hip attack. Asuka misses a hip attack from the apron. Mickie kicks her and brings Asuka to the floor with the scissors takedown. Mickie goes for another kick but Asuka catches her in an ankle lock. Asuka with a German suplex on the floor. The referee comes out to check on Mickie.
Mickie makes it back in at the 7 count but Asuka goes right back to work. Asuka tosses Mickie across the ring and keeps control for a 2 count. Fans do dueling chants now. Asuka mounts Mickie with strikes. Asuka argues with the referee but keeps control. Asuka wastes time and goes for a hip attack but gets hung up on the ropes as Mickie moves. Asuka with a hard kick to the chest, and another. Asuka with another kick. Mickie screams and tells her to bring it. Mickie catches a kick and applies a single-leg crab.
Mickie with a Muta Lock in the middle of the ring. Asuka drags them both and gets to the bottom rope. They trade shots as they get to their feet now. Mickie takes Asuka face first into the corner. Asuka turns it right around. They trade strikes in the middle of the ring now. Mickie with a big slap to the face after Asuka goes for a spinning backfist. The slap upsets Asuka. Mickie blocks a shot and hits a neckbreaker. Mickie with clotheslines now. Asuka misses a splash from the second rope. Mickie drops Asuka with a flapjack. Mickie gets a pop as she looks to put Asuka away. Mickie goes to the top and hits the senton for a 2 count.
More back and forth and counters. Mickie with a pair of close pin attempts. Asuka blocks Mickie’s DDT but can’t get the Asuka Lock applied. They continue to tangle on the mat. Mickie taps out.
– After the match, Asuka gets up to retrieve her title as we go to replays. Mickie is also helped up as Asuka celebrates. They meet in the middle of the ring and Mickie extends her hand. Asuka looks at it and just raises the title in Mickie’s face. Asuka smiles as Mickie stares back at her. Asuka leaves with the title.
– We see WWE Hall of Famer Pat Patterson sitting at ringside.
– They air a video package for tonight’s main event.
NXT Title Match: Samoa Joe vs. Shinsuke Nakamua
We go to the ring and out first comes Samoa Joe. NXT Champion Shinsuke Nakamura is out next to a pop.
Violinists assist Nakamura with his entrance in the ring. Fans also sing along. We get formal ring introductions. Fans chant for Nakamura as the referee raises the title. The bell rings and Nakamura connects first. Joe comes back with kicks. More strikes between the two. They go to the ropes with a clinch and the referee tries to break them. Joe with a knee but Nakamura ducks a clothesline. Nakamura takes Joe down and drops a knee. Nakamura with boots in the corner as Joe retreats to the floor with a breather. Nakamura follows but Joe chops him. Fans are still singing Nakamura’s theme.
Nakamura knocks Joe over into the crowd and follows. Joe unloads but Nakamura tosses him back over the barrier. They come back in and Joe connects with an enziguri in the corner. Nakamura with more offense but Joe takes control and spikes him. Nakamura runs into an elbow. Joe with more kicks and an elbow drop for a 2 count. More back and forth. Joe drops Nakamura’s knees into the mat. Joe keeps control and focuses on the knees now.
Joe ends up hitting a dive to the floor. Joe tries to drop Nakamura into the steel steps but it’s blocked. Joe still manages to drop Nakamura on the floor. Joe brings it back in for a 2 count. Nakamura gets up but Joe continues with strikes. Nakamura with a knee. Nakamura connects with a kick and Joe goes down. Nakamura goes on and hits a dropkick. More knees and kicks from Nakamura now. Nakamura keeps control and puts Joe in a hold now. Joe breaks it with a slam. Joe with an atomic drop and a big boot. Joe with the senton for a 2 count. Lots more back and forth. Nakamura nails a big knee from the top but can’t make a pin as both are down. The referee counts.
Joe gets up first and strikes first. They trade big shots in the middle of the ring. Joe goes down. Joe blocks the exploder but Nakamura ends up hitting a big German. Joe comes back and takes out Nakamura’s knees again. Joe goes for a Musclebuster but Nakamura slides out. He nails the Kinshasa for a close 2 count.
Joe counters a Kinshasa and gets the Coquina Clutch applied. Fans start singing Nakamura’s theme. Joe hits three big suplexes for a close 2 count. Joe can’t believe it. Nakamura clutches his neck as Joe yells out and stands up. Joe misses a clothesline. Nakamura with a Kinshasa to the back of the head against the ropes. Joe rolls out of the ring. Joe ends up hitting a low blow kick while the referee isn’t looking. Joe slams Nakamura on the steel steps. Joe brings it back in and hits the Musclebuster for the win and the title.
Winner and New NXT Champion: Samoa Joe
– After the match, everyone looks on stunned as Joe’s music hits. He takes the title and starts celebrating as we go to replays. Nakamura recovers and Joe celebrates as Takeover goes off the air.
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