NXT TakeOver: Toronto (2016)
NXT TakeOver: Toronto (2016) was a professional wrestling show and WWE Network event in the NXT TakeOver series that took place on November 19, 2016, at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The event was produced by WWE for its NXT brand, and streamed live on the WWE Network.
|NXT TakeOver: Toronto (2016)|
|Date||November 19, 2016|
|City||Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|Venue||Air Canada Centre|
|WWE Network event chronology|
|NXT TakeOver chronology|
|NXT TakeOver: Toronto chronology|
Five matches were contested at the event. In the main event, Samoa Joe defeated Shinsuke Nakamura to win the NXT Championship and became the first man to hold the title twice. It was also Mickie James's return to WWE for one night only in NXT.
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 by NXT and WWE for all of their NXT live specials including NXT TakeOver: Fatal 4-Way, NXT TakeOver: R Evolution, NXT TakeOver: Rival, NXT TakeOver: Unstoppable, and NXT TakeOver: Respect. NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn was the first TakeOver show held outside of Full Sail University. NXT TakeOver: London was the first TakeOver show held outside of the United States. NXT TakeOver: Toronto was the twelfth overall show held under the NXT TakeOver banner, the fourth held in 2016, and the second held outside of the United States.
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 on the Raw and SmackDown brands. Storylines were produced on the NXT television program.
On the September 28 episode of NXT, William Regal scheduled the second annual Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic, culminating with the finals at NXT TakeOver: Toronto. The tournament started on the October 5, 2016 episode of NXT.
|Ring announcer||Mike Rome|
|Pre-show panel||Charly Caruso|
Next, The Authors of Pain (Akam and Rezar) faced TM-61 (Nick Miller and Shane Thorne) in the final of the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic, with Paul Ellering suspended above the ring inside a cage. In the end, The Authors of Pain performed "The Last Chapter" on Thorne to win the tournament.
In the third match, The Revival (Dash Wilder and Scott Dawson) defended the NXT Tag Team Championship against DIY (Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa) in a two-out-of-three falls tag team match. The Revival won the first fall after performing the "Shatter Machine" on Gargano. DIY won the second fall after performing a running knee/superkick combination on Dawson. DIY won the third fall after Dash submitted to the "Garga-No Escape" by Gargano and Dawson submitted to an armbar by Ciampa simultaneously, thus DIY won the title.
After that, Asuka defended the NXT Women's Championship against Mickie James. During the match, Mickie executed a "Mick Kick" on Asuka, but Asuka placed her foot on the bottom rope, voiding the pinfall. Asuka forced Mickie to submit to the "Asuka Lock" to win the match.
In the main event, Shinsuke Nakamura defended the NXT Championship against Samoa Joe. During the match, Joe attempted a muscle buster but Nakamura countered and executed a "Kinshasa" on Joe for a near-fall. Nakamura attempted another "Kinshasa", but Joe avoided the attempt and applied the "Coquina Clutch". Nakamura attempted to escape, but Joe performed a German suplex followed by a dragon suplex and an X-Plex for a near-fall. When Nakamura executed another "Kinshasa" on Joe, Joe rolled out of the ring. Nakamura attempted a third "Kinshasa", but Joe avoided the attempt, attacked Nakamura with a low blow and performed a side slam onto the steel steps on Nakamura. Joe performed a muscle buster on Nakamura to win the title for a second time.
|1N||Kona Reeves vs. Rich Swann ended in a no contest||Singles match||4:30|
|2N||Aliyah, Ember Moon and Liv Morgan defeated Daria Berenato, Billie Kay and Peyton Royce||Six-woman tag team match||5:40|
|3||Bobby Roode defeated Tye Dillinger||Singles match||16:28|
|4||The Authors of Pain (Akam and Rezar) (with Paul Ellering) defeated TM-61 (Nick Miller and Shane Thorne)||Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic tournament final match with Paul Ellering suspended above the ring inside a cage||8:20|
|5||DIY (Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa) defeated The Revival (Dash Wilder and Scott Dawson) (c) 2–1||Two-out-of-three falls match for the NXT Tag Team Championship||22:18|
|6||Asuka (c) defeated Mickie James by submission||Singles match for the NXT Women's Championship||13:07|
|7||Samoa Joe defeated Shinsuke Nakamura (c)||Singles match for the NXT Championship||20:12|
Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic bracketEdit
1 ^ Ibushi's original partner, Hideo Itami, was injured before the tournament began, and was replaced by T.J. Perkins.
2 ^ Aries could not compete due to injury. William Regal decided that the winners would be determined by a singles match pitting Thorne against Strong.
3 ^ The Revival withdrew from the tournament, asserting that Dawson was injured.
Two weeks after the event, on December 3, Shinsuke Nakamura defeated Samoa Joe to win back the NXT Championship in Osaka, Japan.
On December 29, WWE.com named The Revival vs. DIY the "WWE Match Of The Year".
On January 17, 2017, Mickie James returned to the main roster for the first time in seven years, doing so on SmackDown Live. James returned as a heel and helped Alexa Bliss retain the SmackDown Women's Championship against Becky Lynch in a steel cage match, while revealing herself as the villainess under the "La Luchadora" mask.
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