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NXT TakeOver is a series of periodic specials produced by WWE for its NXT brand division. The first TakeOver event was simply titled TakeOver and was held on May 29, 2014. TakeOver events have since been held several times a year. The events were exclusively streamed live on the WWE Network until TakeOver 31 in October 2020, when the events also became available on traditional pay-per-view.
WWE's first NXT live special was uniquely titled Arrival in February 2014, which was the very first event to air live on the WWE Network. However, after the debut TakeOver in May that year, the "TakeOver" name became the branding for all NXT live specials. All NXT live specials were initially held at Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida, as with the main NXT series. They were also originally exclusive to the WWE Network until TakeOver 31 in October 2020 when they also became available on traditional pay-per-view.
Beginning with TakeOver: Brooklyn in 2015, the events were held at various U.S. and international locations, with most TakeOvers being named after their host city or U.S. state, which also began with that Brooklyn event. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, however, all NXT events returned to Full Sail University in mid-March 2020 until TakeOver 31 that October, when events were moved to the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida, presented as a virtual fan viewing experience with a small live crowd called the "Capitol Wrestling Center", an homage to the Capitol Wrestling Corporation, the predecessor to WWE. As TakeOvers have only been held in Florida during the pandemic, they have been named either by their installment number (e.g., TakeOver 31) or have revived old WWE pay-per-view names (e.g., TakeOver: In Your House), with the exception of the annual TakeOver: WarGames.
Since TakeOver: Brooklyn in 2015, several TakeOver events have been scheduled as a support event for each of WWE's four flagship pay-per-view events (Royal Rumble, WrestleMania, SummerSlam, and Survivor Series), and occasionally B-level pay-per-views. Before the pandemic, TakeOvers also shared the same venue as the PPV, except when the PPV was held in a stadium; in these cases, TakeOver was held at an arena in the same city instead. There have also been recurring subseries of TakeOver events; TakeOver: Brooklyn would also be the first to have its own subseries of TakeOvers. Other subseries of TakeOvers include Toronto, Chicago, and the most prominent, WarGames, which has been held on the night preceding Survivor Series since 2017 (except in 2020 when it was held two weeks after Survivor Series), and features the namesake WarGames match as its main event.
Only one TakeOver event has had to be canceled. TakeOver: Tampa Bay was originally set to air live from the Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida on April 4, 2020. The event was initially postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which began effecting WWE's programming in mid-March; however, it was ultimately canceled with matches planned and scheduled for the event moved to weekly episodes of NXT, beginning April 1.
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