NXT TakeOver: Orlando
NXT TakeOver: Orlando was a professional wrestling show and WWE Network event that took place on April 1, 2017, at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida, as part of the WrestleMania 33 weekend festivities. The event was produced by WWE for its NXT brand division and was streamed live on the WWE Network. It was the 14th NXT TakeOver event.
|NXT TakeOver: Orlando|
|Date||April 1, 2017|
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Five matches were contested at the event. In the main event, Bobby Roode defeated Shinsuke Nakamura to retain the NXT Championship. On the undercard, Asuka retained the NXT Women's Championship against Ember Moon and Authors of Pain (Akam and Rezar) retained the NXT Tag Team Championship against #DIY (Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa) and The Revival (Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder). All of the championships were given new belt designs. This was also the final NXT event for Shinsuke Nakamura, Tye Dillinger, and The Revival (Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder), who were called up to the main rosters of SmackDown and Raw respectively. This event is also notable for the debut of Aleister Black and the return of Drew Galloway (now under the name Drew McIntyre he previously used in WWE), who was sitting in the front rows, until ESPN confirmed that Galloway had re-signed with WWE and perform under the NXT brand.
TakeOver is a series of professional wrestling shows that began on May 29, 2014, as WWE's then-developmental league NXT held their second WWE Network exclusive live broadcast, billed as TakeOver. In subsequent months, the "TakeOver" moniker became the brand used by WWE for all of their NXT live specials. TakeOver: Orlando was the 14th NXT TakeOver event and was a support show for WrestleMania 33. It was named for being held in Orlando, Florida.
The card comprised five matches. The matches resulted from scripted storylines, where wrestlers portrayed heroes, villains, or less distinguishable characters that built tension and culminated in a wrestling match or series of matches. Results were predetermined by WWE's writers on the NXT brand, while storylines were produced on their weekly television program, NXT.
|Ring announcer||Mike Rome|
|Pre-show panel||Charly Caruso|
The event opened with Sanity (Eric Young, Alexander Wolfe, Killian Dain, and Nikki Cross) facing Tye Dillinger, Ruby Riott, Roderick Strong, and Kassius Ohno (who was a replacement for No Way Jose) in an eight-person mixed tag team match. Dain performed an "Ulster Plantation" on Dillinger to win the match.
After that, The Authors of Pain (Akam and Rezar) defended the NXT Tag Team Championship against DIY (Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa) and The Revival (Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder) in a triple threat elimination match. Akam and Rezar performed "The Last Chapter" on Ciampa to eliminate DIY. Akam and Rezar performed the "Super Collider" on Dash and Dawson to retain the title.
Later, Asuka defended the NXT Women's Championship against Ember Moon. In the end, Ember attempted the "Eclipse" on Asuka but Asuka pushed the referee into the ring ropes, causing Moon to fall. Asuka performed a roundhouse kick on Moon to retain the title.
In the main event, Bobby Roode defended the NXT Championship against Shinsuke Nakamura. During the match, Roode targeted Nakamura's leg. Roode performed a "Glorious DDT" on Nakamura for a near-fall. Roode then retrieved the ring bell but the referee prevented Roode from using it, allowing Nakamura to perform an inverted exploder suplex on Roode. Nakamura attempted a "Kinshasa" but Roode countered into a spinebuster on Nakamura for a near-fall. Roode performed a rotating "Glorious DDT" on Nakamura to retain the title.
1 Kassius Ohno replaced No Way Jose, who was unable to compete after an attack by SAnitY.
Tag Team elimination matchEdit
|Elimination||Wrestler||Team||Eliminated by||Elimination move||Time|
|1||Tommaso Ciampà||DIY||Akam||Pinned after The Last Chapter||20:00|
|2||Scott Dawson||The Revival||Akam||Pinned after a Super Collider||23:50|
|Winners:||The Authors of Pain (Still NXT Tag Team Champions)|
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