NXT TakeOver: San Antonio
NXT TakeOver: San Antonio was a professional wrestling show and WWE Network event in the NXT TakeOver series that took place on January 28, 2017, at the Freeman Coliseum in San Antonio, Texas. The event was produced by WWE for its NXT brand, and was streamed live on the WWE Network.
|NXT TakeOver: San Antonio|
Promotional poster featuring various NXT wrestlers
|Date||January 28, 2017|
|City||San Antonio, Texas|
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|NXT TakeOver chronology|
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. In subsequent months, the "TakeOver" moniker became the brand used for all of their NXT live specials. NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn was the first TakeOver show held outside of Full Sail University. NXT TakeOver: San Antonio was the thirteenth show held under the NXT TakeOver banner, the first to be held in January, and the first 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. Storylines were produced on the NXT television program.
On the December 14, 2016 episode of NXT, Bobby Roode defeated Oney Lorcan to qualify for a #1 contender's fatal 4-way match along with Tye Dillinger, Andrade Cien Almas and Roderick Strong. The following week, Roode defeated Dillinger, Almas and Strong to earn a match for the NXT Championship against Shinsuke Nakamura at TakeOver: San Antonio.
At TakeOver: Toronto on November 19, 2016, DIY defeated The Revival in a two-out-of-three falls match to win the NXT Tag Team Championship. Also on that night, The Authors of Pain defeated TM-61 to win Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic. A title match between the two teams was scheduled for TakeOver: San Antonio.
On the January 11, 2017 episode of NXT, it was shown that Billie Kay and Peyton Royce had attacked Asuka earlier in the day. After Kay and Royce defeated Sarah Bridges and Macey Evans, Asuka came down and attacked both. However, both Kay and Royce overpowered Asuka. Nikki Cross then seemingly came to Asuka's aide, however, she attacked Asuka after running Kay and Royce off. The following week, a fatal 4-way match for the NXT Women's Championship between the four women was scheduled for TakeOver: San Antonio.
It was announced via WWE's official website on January 25, 2017, the pre-show panel would consist of Charly Caruso, Raw announcer Corey Graves and the recent United Kingdom Championship Tournament commentator Nigel McGuinness. Graves announced on the pre-show that this would be his last TakeOver show as an NXT color commentator before he officially set his role as Raw color commentator. They also hosted the 2016 NXT Year-End Awards.
|Ring announcer||Mike Rome|
|Pre-show panel||Charly Caruso|
After that, DIY (Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa) defended the NXT Tag Team Championship against The Authors of Pain (Akam and Rezar). Akam and Rezar performed "The Last Chapter" on Ciampa to win the title.
Moments before the triple threat women's match, Seth Rollins made an appearance, calling out Triple H. Triple H confronted Rollins and ordered security to eject Rollins from the arena. Rollins attacked a few security guards but was eventually taken away by them.
Later, Asuka defended the NXT Women's Championship against Nikki Cross, Billie Kay and Peyton Royce in a fatal-four way match. Kay and Royce performed a double suplex on Cross through a table near the announce table. Royce performed a gory neckbreaker on Asuka for a near-fall. Asuka performed a spin kick on Kay and a roundhouse kick on Royce to retain the title.
In the main event, Shinsuke Nakamura defended the NXT Championship against Bobby Roode. Roode targeted Nakamura's leg throughout the match which injured him. Nakamura performed a "Kinshasa" on Roode for a near-fall. Nakamura performed a second "Kinshasha" on Roode but was unable to pin him. Roode performed a "Glorious DDT" on Nakamura for a near-fall. Roode performed a second "Glorious DDT" to win the title.
|1N||Ember Moon defeated Aliyah||Singles match||3:22|
|2N||Tyler Bate defeated Oney Lorcan||Singles match||5:00|
|3N||No Way Jose defeated Elias Samson||Singles match||6:00|
|4||Eric Young (with Alexander Wolfe and Killian Dain) defeated Tye Dillinger||Singles match||10:55|
|5||Roderick Strong defeated Andrade "Cien" Almas||Singles match||11:40|
|6||The Authors of Pain (Akam and Rezar) (with Paul Ellering) defeated DIY (Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa) (c)||Tag team match for the NXT Tag Team Championship||14:30|
|7||Asuka (c) defeated Billie Kay, Peyton Royce and Nikki Cross||Fatal four-way match for the NXT Women's Championship||9:55|
|8||Bobby Roode defeated Shinsuke Nakamura (c)||Singles match for the NXT Championship||27:15|
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