NXT TakeOver: New York
NXT TakeOver: New York was a professional wrestling show and WWE Network event produced by WWE for their NXT brand. The event took place on April 5, 2019, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
|NXT TakeOver: New York|
Promotional poster featuring various WWE wrestlers
|Date||April 5, 2019|
|City||Brooklyn, New York|
|WWE Network event chronology|
|NXT TakeOver chronology|
Five matches were contested at the event. In the main event, Johnny Gargano defeated Adam Cole in a Two-out-of-three falls match to win the vacant NXT Championship. Other matches on the undercard saw Walter defeat Pete Dunne to win the WWE United Kingdom Championship (also ending Dunne's historic reign at 685 days), Shayna Baszler retaining the NXT Women's Championship in a Fatal 4-Way match, Velveteen Dream ending Matt Riddle's undefeated streak and retaining the NXT North American Championship, and the War Raiders retaining the NXT Tag Team Championship against Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic winners Aleister Black and Ricochet.
|English commentators||Mauro Ranallo|
|Vic Joseph (UK Championship match)|
|Spanish commentators||Carlos Cabrera|
|Ring announcer||Kayla Braxton|
|Pre-show panel||Charly Caruso|
NXT TakeOver is a series of professional wrestling shows that began on May 29, 2014, when WWE's developmental league NXT held their second live broadcast on the WWE Network. In subsequent months, the "TakeOver" moniker became the name used by WWE for all of their NXT live specials. In March 2018, it was announced that WrestleMania 35 would be held at the MetLife Stadium, with the event's associated NXT TakeOver being held in Brooklyn's Barclays Center.
The card will include matches that arise from scripted storylines, where wrestlers will portray villains, heroes, or less distinguishable characters to build tension and culminate in a wrestling match or series of matches, with results predetermined by WWE's writers. Storylines will be produced on the NXT and NXT UK television programs.
In the fourth annual Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic, Aleister Black and Ricochet advanced to the finals and defeated the Forgotten Sons (Steve Cutler and Wesley Blake) to win the tournament. This also earned them an NXT Tag Team Championship match against the War Raiders at TakeOver.
In the Classic, Johnny Gargano decided to team up once again with former friend and bitter rival, NXT Champion Tommaso Ciampa, reforming #DIY. After losing to Black and Ricochet in the semifinals, Ciampa was about to turn on Gargano again, but Gargano was prepared and turned the attack around. On the March 20 episode of NXT, Triple H revealed that Gargano was supposed to face Ciampa at TakeOver for the NXT title, but those plans halted due to the real life situation of Ciampa needing neck surgery, thus forcing him to vacate the title. Triple H then stated Gargano would still be in the match, and The Undisputed Era's Adam Cole won a fatal five-way against Velveteen Dream, Matt Riddle, Aleister Black, and Ricochet to fight for the vacant title. Triple H also announced that, in order to get a definitive winner, the match would be a two-out-of-three falls match.
After winning the Worlds Collide tournament during Royal Rumble Axxess for a championship match of his choosing, Velveteen Dream defeated Johnny Gargano for the NXT North American Championship. Over the next few weeks, Dream had runs ins with Matt Riddle, who fantasized about what the championship would look like around his waist. After weeks of head games, it was eventually announced that Dream would defend the title against Riddle at TakeOver.
At NXT TakeOver: Phoenix, Shayna Baszler retained the NXT Women's Championship against Bianca Belair by technical submission. During the match, Belair also had to deal with outside interference from Baszler's friends, former UFC Horsewomen Jessamyn Duke and Marina Shafir. This led to a match with Belair teaming with Io Shirai and Kairi Sane against the three women, and resulted in Shirai pinning Baszler. Belair, however, was not pleased as she wanted the pin and another shot at Baszler's title. During a match for a title shot at TakeOver, both Shirai and Belair were attacked by Baszler, who also choked out an assisting Sane. As she was leaving the building, Baszler was informed that, due to her actions, she would be defending her title against Belair, Shirai, and Sane in a fatal four-way.
In the opening match, The War Raiders (Hanson and Rowe) defended the NXT Tag Team Championship against Aleister Black and Ricochet. Hanson and Rowe performed Fallout on Ricochet to retain the title.
Next, The Velveteen Dream defended the NXT North American Championship against Matt Riddle. Dream pinned Riddle with a roll up to retain the title.
After that, Pete Dunne defended the WWE United Kingdom Championship against Walter. Walter performed a Diving Splash on Dunne to win the title; this ended Dunne's record title reign at 685 days.
In the penultimate match, Shayna Baszler defended the NXT Women's Championship against Kairi Sane, Bianca Belair and Io Shirai. Baszler forced Belair to submit to the Kirifuda Clutch to retain the title.
In the main event, Johnny Gargano and Adam Cole competed in a 2 out of 3 falls match for the vacant NXT Championship. Cole performed a Last Shot on Gargano to win the first fall. Cole performed a second Last Shot on Gargano for a near-fall. Gargano forced Cole to submit to the Garga-No-Escape to win the second fall. Gargano performed a Slingshot DDT on Cole for a near-fall. Cole performed a Panama Sunrise on Gargano for a near-fall. Cole performed a Fairytale Ending on an announce table on Gargano. Gargano applied the Garga-No-Escape but The Undisputed Era (Bobby Fish, Kyle O'Reilly and Roderick Strong) appeared. O'Reilly attacked Gargano with an eye rake and Cole pushed Gargano into the referee. Fish and O'Reilly performed Total Elimination on Gargano and Cole scored a near-fall. Gargano performed a Back Body Drop onto Fish, O'Reilly and Strong on Cole and threw Strong into the ring post. Gargano performed a Superkick on Fish and a Tornado DDT off the ring apron on O'Reilly. Cole performed a third Last Shot on Gargano for a near-fall. Gargano forced Cole to submit to the Garga-No-Escape to win the third fall and the title.
After the match, Candice LeRae, Gargano's wife, appeared to celebrate with Gargano. Tommaso Ciampa, the former NXT Champion, appeared and congratulated Gargano. Gargano celebrated with LeRae and Ciampa as the event ended.
The event received widespread acclaim. Jake St-Pierre of 411Mania rated the event a perfect 10/10 rating. He described it by saying, "It's getting to the point where I don't know which TakeOver event stands out the most, but I'll be damned if New York didn't throw its hat in the ring with authority."
Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter awarded, out of five stars, 4.5 stars for both the NXT Tag Team Championship and the North American Championship matches, 4.75 stars to the Walter-Dunne match, 3.75 stars to the Women's Championship match (the only match of the event below four stars), and 5.5 stars to the Gargano-Cole match, which is the first time a WWE match broke the five-star rating system.
|1N||The Street Profits (Angelo Dawkins and Montez Ford) defeated Fabian Aichner and Marcel Barthel||Tag team match||N/A|
|2N||Jaxson Ryker defeated Danny Burch||Singles match||N/A|
|3N||Candice LeRae defeated Aliyah (with Vanessa Borne)||Singles match||N/A|
|4||War Raiders (Hanson and Rowe) (c) defeated Aleister Black and Ricochet||Tag team match for the NXT Tag Team Championship||21:10|
|5||Velveteen Dream (c) defeated Matt Riddle||Singles match for the NXT North American Championship||17:35|
|6||Walter defeated Pete Dunne (c)||Singles match for the WWE United Kingdom Championship||25:40|
|7||Shayna Baszler (c) defeated Io Shirai, Bianca Belair, and Kairi Sane by submission||Fatal 4-Way match for the NXT Women's Championship||15:45|
|8||Johnny Gargano defeated Adam Cole 2–1||Two-out-of-three falls match for the vacant NXT Championship||38:25|
Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic bracket
(Taped February 20, aired March 6)
(Taped February 20, aired March 13)
(Taped March 13, aired March 27)
(Trent Seven and Tyler Bate)
(Angelo Dawkins and Montez Ford)
|The Forgotten Sons||Pin|
|Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch|
|The Forgotten Sons|
(Steve Cutler and Wesley Blake)
|The Forgotten Sons|
|Aleister Black and Ricochet||Pin|
(Tommaso Ciampa and Johnny Gargano)
|The Undisputed Era |
(Kyle O'Reilly and Bobby Fish)
|Aleister Black and Ricochet||Pin|
|Aleister Black and Ricochet||Pin|
|Fabian Aichner and Marcel Barthel|
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