NXT TakeOver: Toronto Results and Reaction

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NXT had yet another one of their hugely anticipated live TakeOver specials today in Toronto, Canada. It was an enjoyable show and had plenty to offer across the board.

Bobby Roode vs Tye Dillinger

Although Roode’s over the top entrance was extremely captivating and an energetic crowd ran wild, nothing could take away from an awesome opener. Really good back and forth work from both men allowed the Perfect 10 to show a fire we have rarely seen in his time with NXT. Roode picked up the win with his DDT finish, but this was a coming out part for both men with their standout performance to date with the developmental promotion. Grade: A

Dusty Classic Final: Authors of Pain vs TM61

A decent match from start to finish, this showcased two things: that the Aussies have a really high ceiling as a tag team, and that Paul Ellering’s men can work a longer match with no dramas. The finish felt a bit flat with the chain Ellering gave to his team flying into the front row and then having to move straight into AOP’s finisher and subsequent pinfall victory, but it was a good showing for both teams. Also, that dive from Shane Thorne was outstanding. Grade: B-

2-out-of-3 Falls Tag Team Title Match: The Revival (c) vs #DIY

What a match! Both teams put in their best work to date in this absolutely enthralling encounter. After The Revival picked up an early 1-0 advantage and looked set to win with ease, Gargano and Ciampa fought back valiantly and picked up the next two falls to become the new champions. This was poetry in motion from both teams-the storytelling and the chemistry was off the charts, and I hope we get to see it again soon. By far the best match of the night and arguably the best of the year on WWE programming, topping their encounter at Brookyln. Grade: A+++++

Women’s Title Match: Asuka (c) vs Mickie James

This was probably an underrated match solely due to what proceeded it. Both women worked really hard and told a fun story. James in particular looked good on her return to WWE, and never missed a beat. One would have to wonder where Asuka goes from here after another emphatic title defence. The post match interaction would further prove that Asuka has taken a definite tweener role, and may even be moving closer to a full blown heel run. Grade: C+ 

NXT Title Match: Shinsuke Nakamura (c) vs Samoa Joe

Another really good match between these two showcased two stars at the top of their games, matching anything seen on Raw or Smackdown. It was brutal throughout and played to both men’s strengths. The result, where we saw Joe become the first ever two-time NXT Champion and Nakamura losing his first match in WWE, was largely surprising but a welcome one no doubt, as it will likely lead to a third instalment of this great rivalry. A really strong main event capped off another stellar show. Grade: A

NXT TakeOver specials are always great shows and Toronto was no different with some great in ring showings from all involved. Some great culminations of storylines as well as a shocking ending made this another memorable event. OVERALL GRADE: A