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NXT TakeOver: Orlando was a professional wrestling show and WWE Network event in the NXT TakeOver series that took place on April 1, 2017, at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida,[1] as part of the WrestleMania 33 weekend festivities. The event was produced by WWE for its NXT brand, the event was streamed live on the WWE Network.

NXT TakeOver: Orlando
Promotional poster featuring various NXT wrestlers
DateApril 1, 2017
CityOrlando, Florida
VenueAmway Center
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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 will perform under the NXT brand.


The NXT TakeOver series of professional wrestling shows started on May 29, 2014, as the WWE developmental league NXT held their second WWE Network exclusive live broadcast billed as NXT TakeOver.[2] In subsequent months, the "TakeOver" moniker became the brand used for all of their NXT live specials.[3][4][5] NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn was the first TakeOver show held outside of Full Sail University.[6] NXT TakeOver: Orlando was the fourteenth show held under the NXT TakeOver banner and the second of 2017.

The card included five matches that resulted from scripted storylines, where wrestlers portrayed villains, heroes, or less distinguishable characters in scripted events that built tension and culminated in a wrestling match or series of matches, with results predetermined by WWE's writers.[7][8] Storylines were produced on the NXT television program.


Other on-screen personnel
Role: Name:
Commentators Tom Phillips
Nigel McGuinness
Percy Watson
Ring announcer Mike Rome
Referees Darryl Sharma
Drake Wuertz
Eddie Orengo
Pre-show panel Charly Caruso
Sam Roberts
Nigel McGuinness

Preliminary matchesEdit

The event opened with Sanity (Eric Young, Alexander Wolfe, Killian Dain, and Nikki Cross) facing Tye Dillinger, Ruby Riot, 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.

Next, Aleister Black faced Andrade Cien Almas. Black performed "Black Mass" on Almas for the win.

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.

Main eventEdit

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.


No. Results Stipulations Times[9][10]
1N Peyton Royce (with Billie Kay) defeated Aliyah Singles match[9] 02:53
2N Heavy Machinery (Tucker Knight and Otis Dozovic) defeated The Bollywood Boys (Gurv Sihra and Harv Sihra) Tag team match[9] 03:22
3N Oney Lorcan defeated El Vagabundo Singles match[9] 02:50
4 Sanity (Alexander Wolfe, Eric Young, Killian Dain, and Nikki Cross) defeated Kassius Ohno1, Roderick Strong, Ruby Riot, and Tye Dillinger Eight-person mixed tag team match[11] 12:23
5 Aleister Black defeated Andrade "Cien" Almas Singles match[12] 09:35
6 The Authors of Pain (Rezar and Akam) (c) (with Paul Ellering) defeated DIY (Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa) and The Revival (Dash Wilder and Scott Dawson) Triple threat elimination match for the NXT Tag Team Championship[13] 23:50
7 Asuka (c) defeated Ember Moon Singles match for the NXT Women's Championship[14] 12:10
8 Bobby Roode (c) defeated Shinsuke Nakamura Singles match for the NXT Championship[15] 28:20
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match
  • N – indicates the match was taped for broadcast on a future episode of NXT

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 Ciampa 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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