Date: August 7, 2019
Location: Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida
Commentators: Nigel McGuinness, Mauro Ranallo, Beth Phoenix
It’s the go home show for Takeover: Toronto, which is probably the weakest Takeover they’ve done in a long time. The show is likely to be good, though I’m not exactly sure how interesting it’s going to be. We still have this show to help with the build though and they’ve pulled off some great final pushes before. Let’s get to it.
William Regal is in the ring for the contract signing for the Tag Team Title match. The Street Profits are out first but before the Undisputed Era joins them, Montez Ford gives the a New Age Outlaws style intro. That brings out “O’Reilly Auto Parts and Lawrence Fishburn Jr.”, with the Profits dancing to their music. Fish, who has to shrug off an AUTO PARTS chant, says the Profits need to cover their ears because Fish says they’re not on their level.
For once their autographs mean something because the Era wants them on those contracts. Before we get there though, Fish says they’re funnier than the Profits too. Kyle tells a joke: “The Street Profits are NXT Tag Team Champions.” Fish: “EVERYONE LAUGH!” Ford talks about how the Era has had their chance by being on TV every week and that they’ve beaten every team in NXT history. So what makes them think that losing is an option for the Profits?
The fans have seen them and believe in them so why is losing an option? As far as they’ve come, losing is not an option for them because all they can do is WIN WIN WIN WIN WIN! The Era is getting a beating in Toronto and that is undisputed. Everyone signs. Ford looked like a star here with an incredibly fired up promo. Couple that with the next level athleticism and he could break out in a hurry.
Video on the North American Title match. Velveteen Dream has been a pretty dominant champion but Roderick Strong beat him in a tag match to earn a shot. Then Pete Dunne was added in as a wild card and instantly felt like one of the biggest stars in all of NXT.
A member of Slipknot talks about the Takeover theme song.
Video on Shayna Baszler vs. Mia Yim. Mia grew up with a hard life and has fought all the way here. Baszler says it takes more than a great story to impress her. Every story with her ends in the same way: tap, nap or snap. Shayna earned her spot based on what she accomplished. Mia is here because a bunch of fans wanted her here. Mia took out the lackeys that gave Shayna an advantage so it’s one on one. Shayna: “Mia doesn’t deserve a title shot. She deserves a prison sentence.”
Joaquin Wilde vs. Shane Thorne
Wilde takes him down and flips over Thorne’s back, setting up some rhythmic shouting. Thorne flips out of a wristlock but Wilde flips up into a standoff. The high angle springboard wristdrag takes Thorne down and Wilde flips up again for two. Thorne is right back with a brainbuster before working on the arm some more. Wilde is right back with a slingshot clothesline and a middle rope elbow to the face. Back up and Thorne goes to the middle rope, earning himself a powerbomb right back down.
The rolling DDT is blocked and Thorne hits him in the face. Wilde loads up a monkey flip but kicks Thorne in the face instead, sending Thorne outside. The suicide dive over the corner takes him down again and it’s a running flip dive to drop Thorne for the second time in a row. That’s good for a nine count, with Thorne sliding back to the floor. Wilde follows him out and gets posted, setting up a running knee to give Thorne the pin at 7:23.
Rating: C. I can go with a Thorn push as I liked TM61, though it will be nice to not have to remember which is which. It’s been a long time since the team did anything so Thorne is basically starting over. That might be the best thing for him as well, as the team wasn’t exactly successful in the first place.
Video on Io Shirai vs. Candice LeRae, with Candice trying to give Io a fair shot at the Women’s Title. Shirai lost anyway and beat Candice down, saying she didn’t need help.
Harley Race tribute video.
Matt Riddle vs. Killian Dain
Fallout from Dain attacking Riddle after his last match. Dain seemed to like the idea as he jumps Riddle during the entrance and lays him out against the steps. No match for now.
Video on the Breakout Tournament, with the finals featuring Cameron Grimes vs. Jordan Myles. The finals are next week.
We look back at Fandango returning to reform Breezango.
Tyler Breeze asks Fandango where he has been. Fandango was in deep and realized that his fashion sense was way off. Fandango: “It was whack!” Breeze: “I don’t know what that means.” Fandango: “Bad.” Breeze: “BAD???” They need a makeover, like Breezango reimagined. Breeze likes the idea. Next week: Breezango vs. Forgotten Sons.
We look back at Adam Cole vs. Johnny Gargano. They’ve fought at back to back Takeovers with Cole winning the title at Takeover: XXV. They’ll be fighting again in Toronto in another 2/3 falls match, with a regular match, a street fight and a third stipulation to be decided if they go to the third fall.
Gargano has been looking at the pictures on the walls of the Performance Center, which have been eating away at him because he isn’t the best. What matters is what you do in NXT and he has something left to do. Some wrestlers talk about how Johnny is an inspiration and he’s been coaching a bit. Johnny says Shawn Michaels is Mr. Wrestlemania and Johnny wants to be Mr. NXT.
We see some clips of Adam Cole’s Bay Bay Championship Celebration Tour, with Cole beating a bunch of challengers because he’s that great. Back at the Performance Center, Seth Rollins gave Johnny a pep talk. Then Cole defended the title some more. Then Gargano talked to Finn Balor, who thinks Gargano is awesome. The fans are split on who will win and Regal won’t give an answer. Various wrestlers aren’t sure on who wins either. The story ends in Toronto.
This was a mini documentary and it did an outstanding job of selling me on the title match. The idea of Gargano wanting to take the respectful route and earn his legacy vs. Cole who thinks he’s earned all of this already was a great way to set up their differences and I’m buying the important of Saturday’s match a lot more. As usual, NXT knows exactly what they’re doing with these things and this was excellent.
Overall Rating: B. I know a lot of people aren’t going to be pleased with the show consisting one one lower card match but that’s not the point of a show like this. The point of this show was to make me want to see Takeover more and it did so very well. This hasn’t been the strongest build to a show they’ve done and giving us an hour long commercial for the show was a good idea. That was more important than having some midcard stories advanced and it’s a good sign that NXT knew what to do. I liked this more and it was what they should have done, because a wrestling show is about a lot more than the wrestling.
Shane Thorne b. Joaquin Wilde – Running knee
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