Follow along with our live review of the NXT TakeOver: Toronto live special.
On Saturday night, the NXT TakeOver: Toronto live special will take place at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Canada. This is NXT’s fourth and final event of this nature for the year.
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Shinsuke Nakamura and Samoa Joe are going to be the show’s main event. Nakamura won the NXT Championship from Joe at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn II, and will make his first title defense on Saturday.
Through the past three months, the Samoan Submission Machine has looked to do anything to injure the former NJPW star and get his title back. Nakamura had even been declared out for 6-12 weeks, but came back to get revenge and set up this headlining rematch.
The NXT Women’s Championship match will see Asuka defend against Mickie James, who is wrestling her first WWE match since 2010. James as the opponent stunned many, but with a lack of viable challengers in NXT, she brings credibility to the title scene that others would not.
The Empress of Tomorrow has dominated the women’s division since October 2015, though. Will things continue to go her way at NXT TakeOver: Toronto?
The Revival will defend the NXT Tag Team Championship in the evening’s third title match. DIY, the team of Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa, will be their opponents for the second consecutive TakeOver. At Brooklyn II, Gargano and Ciampa fought arguably the show’s top bout against Dash Wilder and Scott Dawson, but fell short. Will attempt No. 2 be the right time, though?
The finals of the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic will take place. TM-61 are set to square off with the Authors of Pain, who will have manager Paul Ellering in a shark tank above the ring. A win for Akam and Rezar would continue their dominance, that started in June. Shane Thorne and Nick Miller haven’t quite connected in NXT, but this big win could do wonders for them. Which tag team will reign supreme as the tag team tournament winner?
The final match will see Bobby Roode and Tye Dillinger in a battle for support of the Air Canada Centre. Both Superstars are fellow Canadians and popular wherever they go, so we’ll see which guy the crowd sides with. A “both these guys” chant wouldn’t be surprising either. The only question is where does the winner go after this match? Is it an opportunity for the NXT Championship match?
With this in mind, here’s a look at the complete match card for TakeOver.
NXT Championship Match Shinsuke Nakamura (c) vs. Samoa Joe
NXT Women’s Championship Match Asuka (c) vs. Mickie James
2 Out of 3 Falls Match for the NXT Tag Team Championship The Revival (c) vs. DIY
Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Finals The Authors of Pain vs. TM-61