NXT TakeOver: Toronto (2016)
NXT TakeOver: Toronto was a professional wrestling show and WWE Network event 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 division and streamed live on the WWE Network. It was the 12th NXT TakeOver event, the second held outside of the United States (after London in 2015), and specifically the first of two in the TakeOver: Toronto chronology, a subseries of TakeOvers.
|NXT TakeOver: Toronto|
|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.
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: Toronto was the 12th NXT TakeOver event and was a support show for the 2016 Survivor Series pay-per-view. It was also the second NXT TakeOver held outside of the United States (after TakeOver: London in 2015) and the first of two in the Toronto chronology, a subseries of TakeOvers that were held in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
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.
On the September 28 episode of NXT, William Regal scheduled the second annual Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic, culminating with the finals at 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 Sonya Deville, 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".
Following her appearance at the event, Mickie James turned heel on the January 17, 2017 episode of SmackDown Live, doing so by helping 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. The appearance marked James' return to the main roster for the first time since 2010.
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