Quick Hits: NXT Takeover Toronto
Bobby Roode vs Tye Dillinger
-Roode comes out with a choir singing his song and an awesome robe.
-An intense staredown starts. Roode goes to taunt Dillinger but Dillinger delivers a right hand.
-The action spills to the outside where Dillinger delivers a backdrop to Roode.
-Dillinger continues to lay in the offense until Roode is able to toss Dillinger to the outside.
-Roode continues to dominate inside the ring. He’s been on the offensive for a few minutes now.
-Dillinger hits an atomic drop and starts a comeback.
-Dillinger goes after the knee but Roode bails. Dillinger chases Roode. But Roode catches him coming back into the ring with a spinebuster then a superplex from the top.
-Roode goes for a small package but has his feet on the ropes and the ref sees it.
-Dillinger hits a superkick for two.
-Both men exchange blows and nearfalls. Dillinger applies a Sharpshooter but Roode gets to the ropes.
-Roode tosses Dillinger into the post then hits the DDT for the win.
WINNER: Bobby Roode: Perfectly fine opening match. It was basic stuff, but the crowd was into both men so the heat for it was good. Roode I assume moves onto the NXT Title next. What’s next for Dillinger? I’m not sure.
Dusty Rhodes Classic Final: The Authors of Pain vs TM61
-Ellering is hanging above the ring in a cage for this match.
-So I had major Network issues and missed the first five minutes of the match. TM61 reverses the Authors of Pain and hits double hurricarranas.
-Ellering drops a chain into the ring for Rezar to use.
-Rezar loses the chain, but the Authors of Pain hit their finisher for the win.
WINNERS: Authors of Pain: Like I said I missed a bit of it. But a short match that somewhat brought the crowd down. TM61 got the crowd into it early but it was all Authors of Pain at the end.
Two Out Of Three Falls Match For the NXT Tag Team Championship: The Revival (c) vs DIY
-Dawson and Gargano exchange some chain wrestling to start.
-The Revival is in control and keeping the action on the mat.
-Gargano gets a hot tag and goes to work on both men.
-Dash makes a blind tag in the corner. Gargano dives through the ropes and goes for a DDT, but Dawson catches him and hits the Shatter Machine to take the first fall.
***The Revival Wins The First Fall***
-After the first fall, the Revival remain in control over Gargano.
-Gargano goes for a tag but Dawson blocks it. Gargano then hits a tilt-a-whirl DDT on Dash and takes out Dawson with a kick to the face.
-Ciampa gets the tag, but the ref didn’t see it.
-The Revival hits the Hart Attack but only get two. Somewhere Bret is PISSED.
-Gargano hits an enziguri and makes the hot tag to Ciampa.
-Ciampa hits the Triple German suplexes then a knee to the head but only gets two.
-DIY hits the kick/knee to the head combo on Dawson and this is now tied up.
***DIY Wins The Second Fall***
-Ciampa goes for the armbar but Dawson rolls through to a roll-up for two.
-Gargano jumps over the ropes and hits a DDT on Dawson for two.
-Wilder makes the tag. The Revival hits an uppercut/German suplex combo but Ciampa breaks up the pin.
-Gargano exchanges blows with both members of the Revival. He kicks off Dash and pins Dawson but only gets two.
-Dawson blocks a kick from Gargano with the NXT Title belt. Dawson immediately applies a submission but Gargano gets to the ropes.
-Revival goes for DIY’s finisher on Gargano. Gargano ducks and Dash kicks Dawson. DIY hits the Shatter Machine but Dawson breaks it up.
-Dawson goes for the roll-up, but the ref realizes he is not the legal man before three.
-Dash takes out the other leg of Gargano.
-Near falls are exchanged. Gargano applies a modified STF while Ciampa applies the armbar. Dash taps!
WINNERS and NEW NXT Tag Team Champions: DIY- That was one hell of a match. I think I liked the Brooklyn match better, even with DIY losing. But I haven’t watched that one in awhile. Johnny Gargano plays such a great babyface in peril. This match is an example of what tag team wrestling could be if the WWE gave a damn. Hopefully The Revival is on their way up to the main roster soon, particularly on Smackdown.
NXT Women’s Championship: Asuka (c) vs Mickie James
-The women lock up and neither is able to gain control as they wrestle down to the mat.
-Mickie knocks down Asuka and hits a dropkick as Asuka goes to the floor.
-Mickie holds the ropes open to let Asuka back in, but Asuka goes under the rope.
-Asuka knocks Mickie out of the ring and looks to return the favor. Mickie blows a kiss to Asuka so Asuka kicks her and knocks her off the apron.
-On the outside, Mickie hits a hurricarrana.
-Mickie goes for the Mick Kick, but Asuka grabs the leg and applies the ankle lock, then German suplexes Mickie on the floor.
-Asuka lands some hard kicks to the chest. Mickie ducks the last one and applies a single leg crab then transitions into the Muta Lock.
-Mickie remains in control and hits a couple neckbrakers. She hits a seated senton for two.
-Asuka counters Mickie into an armbar but Mickie gets to the ropes.
-Mickie lands the Mick Kick but Asuka gets her foot on the rope.
-Asuka goes for the Asuka Lock but can’t get in locked in. She instead counters to a Cross Face Chicken Wing and Mickie taps.
-After the match Mickie offers a handshake but Asuka turns her down.
WINNER and STILL NXT Women’s Champion: Asuka- Another basic match with good story telling that worked. Mickie showed no ring rust whatsoever and held her own with Asuka. Hopefully she gets another run. Don’t know who is next for Asuka.
NXT Championship: Shinsuke Nakamura (c) vs Samoa Joe
-Shinsuke comes to the ring with people “playing” instruments. It was quite obvious they weren’t playing anything.
-Nakamura gets Joe down in the corner and lays the boots to him.
-Joe and Nakamura brawl into the crowd.
-Back in the ring Joe slams Nakamura in the corner and hits an enziguri.
-Nakamura jumps at Joe in the corner but Joe catches him and slams Nakamura down into the mat.
-Joe goes after the legs of Nakamura.
-Joe dives through the ropes onto Nakamura on the outside.
-Joe ducks one kick but isn’t able to duck a second one from Nakamura.
-Nakamura starts a comeback and lands a handful of kicks and follows it up with a knee to the ribs in the corner.
-Joe powers out of a headlock and hits a seated senton for two.
-Joe hits a powerbomb. Nakamura kicks out but Joe counters into a Boston crab then a crossface.
-Nakamura puts Joe on the apron and hits a knee to the face, then hits a flying knee to the head off the top.
-Nakamura counters a Joe suplex into a German suplex.
-Nakamura hits Kinshasa but Joe kicks out at two.
-Joe is able to apply the Coquina Clutch. Joe then hits a German and dragon suplex but only gets two.
-Joe counters Nakamura and hits Kinshasa to the back of the head and Joe rolls outside the ring.
-On the outside, Joe pushes the ref out of the way and kicks Nakamura low. Joe slams Nakamura on the steps. Back in the ring, Joe hits the Muscle Buster and gets the win.
WINNER and NEW NXT Champion: Samoa Joe- Well, that was quite surprising. I was fully expecting Nakamura to retain and Joe to move up to the main roster. Could the roles be reversed now? Is Nakamura on his way to the main roster? Another solid match on this show. The brutality of Nakamura/Joe matches are great. All of their shots look stiff as can be.
OVERALL: I thought this was a very solid show. The tag title match was the highlight. It may not have been as good as previous Takeovers, but it was much better than any RAW or Smackdown recently. Every match had a purpose and was good wrestling. Outside of the main event nothing else really surprised me. It’ll be interesting to see where NXT goes from here after Nakamura’s first loss.
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