NXT TakeOver: Orlando

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NXT TakeOver: Orlando
Promotional poster featuring Asuka, Ember Moon, Bobby Roode, and Shinsuke Nakamura
PromotionWWE
Brand(s)NXT
DateApril 1, 2017
CityOrlando, Florida
VenueAmway Center
Attendance14,975[1]
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NXT TakeOver: Orlando was the 14th NXT TakeOver professional wrestling livestreaming event produced by WWE. It was held exclusively for wrestlers from the promotion's NXT brand division. The event aired exclusively on the WWE Network and took place on April 1, 2017, at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida as part of the WrestleMania 33 weekend festivities.

Five matches were contested at the event. In the main event, Bobby Roode defeated Shinsuke Nakamura to retain the NXT Championship. In other prominent matches, Asuka retained the NXT Women's Championship against Ember Moon and Authors of Pain (Akam and Rezar) retained the NXT Tag Team Championship against #DIY (Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa) and The Revival (Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder). All of the championships were given new belt designs. This was also the final NXT event for Shinsuke Nakamura, Tye Dillinger, and The Revival (Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder), who were called up to the main roster. This event is also notable for the debut of Aleister Black and the return of Drew Galloway (now under the name Drew McIntyre he previously used in WWE), who was sitting in the front rows, until ESPN confirmed that Galloway had re-signed with WWE and perform under the NXT brand.

Production[edit]

Background[edit]

The event was held at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida.

TakeOver was a series of professional wrestling shows that began in May 2014, as WWE's then-developmental league NXT held their second WWE Network-exclusive event, billed as TakeOver.[2] In subsequent months, the "TakeOver" moniker became the brand used by WWE for all of their NXT live specials. Announced on December 12, 2016, TakeOver: Orlando was scheduled as the 14th NXT TakeOver event and was held on April 1, 2017, as a support show for WrestleMania 33. It was held at the Amway Center and was named after the venue's city of Orlando, Florida. Tickets went on sale December 16 through Ticketmaster.[3]

Storylines[edit]

The event comprised five matches that resulted from scripted storylines, where wrestlers portrayed heroes, villains, or less distinguishable characters in scripted events 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 WWE's weekly television program, NXT.[4][5]

Event[edit]

Other on-screen personnel
Role: Name:
Commentators Tom Phillips
Nigel McGuinness
Percy Watson
Ring announcer Mike Rome
Referees Darryl Sharma
Drake Wuertz
Eddie Orengo
Pre-show panel Charly Caruso
Sam Roberts
Nigel McGuinness

Preliminary matches[edit]

The event opened with Sanity (Eric Young, Alexander Wolfe, Killian Dain, and Nikki Cross) facing Tye Dillinger, Ruby Riott, Roderick Strong, and Kassius Ohno (who was a replacement for No Way Jose) in an eight-person mixed tag team match. Dain performed an "Ulster Plantation" on Dillinger to win the match.[1]

Next, Aleister Black faced Andrade Cien Almas. Black performed "Black Mass" on Almas for the win.[1]

After that, The Authors of Pain (Akam and Rezar) (accompanied by Paul Ellering) defended the NXT Tag Team Championship against DIY (Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa) and The Revival (Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder) in a triple threat elimination match. Akam and Rezar performed "The Last Chapter" on Ciampa to eliminate DIY. Akam and Rezar performed the "Super Collider" on Wilder and Dawson to retain the titles.[1]

In the penultimate match, Asuka defended the NXT Women's Championship against Ember Moon. In the end, Ember attempted the "Eclipse" on Asuka but Asuka pushed the referee into the ring ropes, causing Moon to fall. Asuka performed a roundhouse kick on Moon to retain the title.[1]

Main event[edit]

In the main event, Bobby Roode defended the NXT Championship against Shinsuke Nakamura. During the match, Roode targeted Nakamura's leg. Roode performed a "Glorious DDT" on Nakamura for a near-fall. Roode then retrieved the ring bell but the referee prevented Roode from using it, allowing Nakamura to perform an inverted exploder suplex on Roode. Nakamura attempted a "Kinshasa" but Roode countered into a spinebuster on Nakamura for a near-fall. Roode performed a rotating "Glorious DDT" on Nakamura to retain the title.[1]

Results[edit]

No.ResultsStipulationsTimes[12][1]
1NPeyton Royce (with Billie Kay) defeated Aliyah by pinfallSingles match[6]02:53
2NHeavy Machinery (Tucker Knight and Otis Dozovic) defeated The Bollywood Boys (Gurv Sihra and Harv Sihra) by pinfallTag team match[6]03:22
3NOney Lorcan defeated El VagabundoSingles match[6]02:50
4Sanity (Alexander Wolfe, Eric Young, Killian Dain, and Nikki Cross) defeated Kassius Ohno1, Roderick Strong, Ruby Riott, and Tye Dillinger by pinfallEight-person mixed tag team match[7]12:23
5Aleister Black defeated Andrade "Cien" Almas by pinfallSingles match[8]09:35
6The Authors of Pain (Rezar and Akam) (c) (with Paul Ellering) defeated DIY (Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa) and The Revival (Dash Wilder and Scott Dawson)Triple threat elimination match for the NXT Tag Team Championship[9]23:50
7Asuka (c) defeated Ember Moon by pinfallSingles match for the NXT Women's Championship[10]12:10
8Bobby Roode (c) defeated Shinsuke Nakamura by pinfallSingles match for the NXT Championship[11]28:20
(c) – the champion(s) heading into the match
N – the match was taped for a future broadcast of NXT

1 Kassius Ohno replaced No Way Jose, who was unable to compete after an attack by SAnitY.

Tag Team elimination match[edit]

Elimination Wrestler Team Eliminated by Elimination move Times[1]
1 Tommaso Ciampa DIY Akam Pinned after The Last Chapter 18:55
2 Scott Dawson The Revival Akam Pinned after a Super Collider 23:50
Winners: The Authors of Pain (c)

References[edit]

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