NXT TakeOver: Toronto
Air Canada Centre
November 19, 2016
Panelists: Charly Caruso, Mauro Ranallo, Lita
Usual preshow. The packages were nicely produced. Ranallo’s comments always add a dimension of anticipation to the show.
At one point, Dasha Fuentes was in the audience with a group of fans. Her spiel was drowned out by a “Shinsuke” chant.
Announcers: Tom Phillips, Corey Graves
1.) Bobby Roode defeated Tye Dillinger by pinfall after an implant DDT.
Roode enters to “Glorious” being performed by a full choir. Chills. Damn.
Both guys hella over. (“This is awesome,” “Let’s go, Bobby/Let’s go, Tye,” “This is glorious/Perfect ten” chants.)
Roode never shone this brightly in TNA. They didn’t/don’t understand how to manufacture such moments.
Dillinger’s ponytail doesn’t suit him and should probably go. It doesn’t suit him. It’s a tiny thing…but tiny things can be the difference between elevating oneself to the next level or not doing so.
This was a compelling, scrappy match. The fans bit on all the near-falls.
Video package for the 2016 Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic.
2.) The Authors of Pain (w/ Paul Ellering) defeated TM61 via clean pinfall to win the 2016 Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic.
While Ellering being suspended above the ring in a cage was old school and made for a cool visual, it was essentially pointless. He also didn’t protest getting into the cage at all, which felt strange. What heel wants to be handicapped?
The Authors have no charisma. As in zilch. I was never a fan of the Road Warriors but at least he added to their act. These guys are the Basham Brothers 2016. If they ever manage to get called up, they will disappear in the mix immediately.
Triple H, Dustin Rhodes, and William Regal came out for the presentation of the trophy. The moment didn’t feel special.
Commercial for 205 Live.
Package for #DIY/Revival match.
3.) #DIY (Johnny Gargano & Tomasso Ciampa) defeat The Revival (Dash Wilder & Scott Dawson) in 2/3 falls to become the new NXT Tag Team Champions.
The “Johnny Wrestling” chant is deafening.
Gargano is caught in the Shatter Machine early to give The Revival a 1-0 lead in the match.
Scott Dawson’s slingshot suplex is so damn crisp.
The audience wants to root for Gargano. He connects with the fans in a major way.
Ciampa ties the match at a fall apiece after a superkick/kneestrike combo leads to a pin on Dawson.
Impeccable camerawork. None of Gargano’s selling is missed when he is in peril.
#DIY give Wilder the Shatter Machine. I bit hard that it was the end. The crowd chants “Holy sh*t!”
GargaNo Escape and armbar lead to simultaneous submissions and new tag champs. A pinch too heavy on the nearfalls in the closing minutes, but otherwise a helluva match. It was very dramatic and chock full of emotion. The NXT faithful love these two.
As someone who has seen Johnny Gargano wrestle since he was 16 years old, I can’t help but be proud of the guy. He has an incredible work ethic and is going to make an impact in the WWE.
Jim Ross is in the audience.
4.) Asuka defeated Mickie James by submission to retain the NXT Women’s Championship.
James looks incredible. This is her first time in a WWE ring in six years.
Asuka debuted last October and is undefeated.
Crowd: “Welcome back” chant.
Crowd: “Asuka’s gonna kill you” chant.
This match feels big.
Asuka’s strikes are incredible. There isn’t anything that she doesn’t do well.
James counters Asuka at every turn. Asuka is showing her frustration. The duo did a tremendous job of building doubt in the viewers’ minds.
5.) Samoa Joe defeated Shinsuke Nakamura via pinfall to win the NXT Championship.
Joe’s game face is insane.
Violinists accompany Nakamura to the ring. His entrance is both refined and epic.
This is going to be a fight.
Within minutes the two are fighting through the crowd. This is the first time that a match has been taken beyond the barriers this evening. Details like that matter.
This match is incredibly physical. Joe’s German/Dragon/Straightjacket trio of suplexes is a statement.
The match goes outside the ring. Joe kicks Nakamura low and then drops him on the steps. Back in the ring, Joe delivers a Muscle Buster that results in a pinfall.
The show told five good stories. Each match felt unique and important.
New tag champs #DIY appear to be on a collision course with the Authors of Pain. How will the young babyfaces fare against two brutes?
Who is the next challenger for Asuka?
Is Shinsuke Nakamura headed to greener pastures?