NXT TakeOver (2014)
NXT TakeOver was a professional wrestling and WWE Network event produced by WWE, under their NXT brand. It was the first event bearing the NXT TakeOver series name, and was broadcast live on the WWE Network, available to subscribers. NXT TakeOver took place on May 29, 2014 at NXT's "home" arena, Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida and featured five matches as part of the main broadcast and one match prior to the televised portion of the show. The main event of the show was the first high-profile NXT Championship defense in Adrian Neville's title reign after winning the championship at NXT Arrival as he wrestled Tyson Kidd. The show also hosted the finals of a tournament for the vacant NXT Women's Championship as Charlotte, accompanied by her father Ric Flair faced off against Natalya accompanied by her uncle Bret Hart.
Promotional poster featuring various NXT wrestlers
|Date||May 29, 2014|
|City||Winter Park, Florida|
|Venue||Full Sail University|
|WWE Network event chronology|
|NXT TakeOver chronology|
NXT TakeOver was the second live NXT show broadcast on the WWE Network, after NXT Arrival held in February 2014. The "NXT TakeOver" name would subsequently be used for NXT live shows held several times each year.
The card consisted of 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 that played out on the NXT television program prior to the show.
After that, Sami Zayn faced Tyler Breeze to determine the #1 contender to the NXT Championship. During the match, Zayn executed a "Blue Thunder Bomb" on Breeze for a near-fall. Breeze executed a "Supermodel Kick" on Zayn for a near-fall. In the end, as Zayn attempted a "Helluva Kick" on Breeze, Breeze executed a "Beauty Shot" to win the match.
In the fourth match, Charlotte faced Natalya for the vacant NXT Women's Championship. During the match, Natalya applied the sharpshooter on Charlotte, who countered into the "Figure-Eight Leglock", which Natalya would counter. Charlotte applied the sharpshooter on Natalya but Natalya escaped. Charlotte pinned Natalya after "Natural Selection" to win the title.
In the main event, Adrian Neville defended the NXT Championship against Tyson Kidd. During the match, Neville executed a pop-up sitout powerbomb on Kidd for a near-fall. Kidd performed a springboard "Blockbuster" on Neville for a near-fall. Kidd applied the sharpshooter on Neville and transitioned into the "Dungeon Lock", with Neville touching the ropes to break the hold. In the end, Neville executed a super hurricanrana and a "Red Arrow" on Kidd to retain the title.
|1||Adam Rose defeated Camacho||Singles match||5:07|
|2||The Ascension (Konnor and Viktor) (c) defeated El Local and Kalisto||Tag team match for the NXT Tag Team Championship||6:18|
|3||Tyler Breeze defeated Sami Zayn||Singles match to determine the #1 contender to the NXT Championship||15:55|
|4||Charlotte (with Ric Flair) defeated Natalya (with Bret Hart)||Singles match for the vacant NXT Women's Championship||16:49|
|5||Adrian Neville (c) defeated Tyson Kidd||Singles match for the NXT Championship||20:55|
NXT Women's Championship Tournament (2014)Edit
On April 24, 2014, Paige was stripped of the NXT Women's Championship, by NXT's commissioner John Bradshaw Layfield, because she couldn't defend both the NXT Women's and WWE Divas Championship, ending her reign at 308 days. Right after, during the tapings for the May shows, a tournament was announced to take place to determine the next champion. Charlotte defeated Natalya at NXT Takeover on May 29, 2014 to become the new champion.
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