NXT TakeOver: Toronto (2016)

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NXT TakeOver: Toronto
PromotionWWE
Brand(s)NXT
DateNovember 19, 2016
CityToronto, Ontario, Canada
VenueAir Canada Centre
Attendance12,649
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The 2016 NXT TakeOver: Toronto was the 12th NXT TakeOver and inaugural TakeOver: Toronto 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 November 19, 2016, at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada as part of that year's Survivor Series weekend. It was the second NXT TakeOver held outside of the United States, after TakeOver: London in December 2015.

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.

Production[edit]

Background[edit]

The event was held at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

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.[1] In subsequent months, the "TakeOver" moniker became the brand used by WWE for all of their NXT live specials. Announced on September 2, 2016, TakeOver: Toronto was scheduled as the 12th NXT TakeOver event and took place on November 19, 2016, as a support show for that year's Survivor Series pay-per-view. It was held at the Air Canada Centre and was named after the venue's city of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It was in turn the second NXT TakeOver held outside of the United States, after TakeOver: London in 2015. Tickets went on sale on September 23 through Ticketmaster.[2]

Storylines[edit]

The card included 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.[3][4]

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 episode.[5]

Event[edit]

Other on-screen personnel
Role Name
Commentators Tom Phillips
Corey Graves
Ring announcer Mike Rome
Pre-show panel Charly Caruso
Lita
Mauro Ranallo
Referees Drake Wuertz
Eddie Orengo
Danilo Anfibio

Preliminary matches[edit]

In the first match, Bobby Roode faced Tye Dillinger. The match ended when Roode executed a "Glorious DDT" on Dillinger to win the match.[6]

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.[6]

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 Wilder submitted to the "Garga-No Escape" by Gargano and Dawson submitted to an armbar by Ciampa simultaneously, thus DIY won the titles.[6]

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.[6]

Main event[edit]

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 nearfall. 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.[6]

Aftermath[edit]

Two weeks after the event, on December 3, Shinsuke Nakamura defeated Samoa Joe to win back the NXT Championship in Osaka, Japan.[7][8]

NXT Post show was in Toronto on November 23 and in Ottawa on November 30.

On December 29, WWE.com named The Revival vs. DIY the "WWE Match Of The Year".[9]

Following her appearance at the event, Mickie James turned heel on the January 17, 2017, episode of SmackDown, 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.[10]

The 2016 TakeOver: Toronto would be the first of two in a TakeOver: Toronto chronology, a subseries of TakeOvers that were held in Toronto, Ontario, Canada at the Air Canada Centre, which was renamed to the Scotiabank Arena in 2018. The second Toronto event was held in 2019.[11]

Results[edit]

No.ResultsStipulationsTimes[18][6]
1NKona Reeves vs. Rich Swann ended in a no contestSingles match[12]4:30
2NAliyah, Ember Moon, and Liv Morgan defeated Sonya Deville, Billie Kay, and Peyton Royce by pinfallSix-woman tag team match[12]5:40
3Bobby Roode defeated Tye Dillinger by pinfallSingles match[13]16:28
4The Authors of Pain (Akam and Rezar) (with Paul Ellering) defeated TM-61 (Nick Miller and Shane Thorne) by pinfallDusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic tournament final match[14]
Paul Ellering was suspended above the ring inside a cage.
8:20
5DIY (Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa) defeated The Revival (Dash Wilder and Scott Dawson) (c) 2–1Two out of three falls match for the NXT Tag Team Championship[15]22:18
6Asuka (c) defeated Mickie James by submissionSingles match for the NXT Women's Championship[16]13:07
7Samoa Joe defeated Shinsuke Nakamura (c) by pinfallSingles match for the NXT Championship[17]20:12
(c) – the champion(s) heading into the match
N – the match was taped for a future broadcast of NXT

Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic bracket[edit]

First Round
NXT (October 5)
Quarterfinals
NXT/Live event (November 2)
Semifinals
Live event (November 7)
Final
NXT TakeOver: Toronto (November 19)
        
TM-61
(Nick Miller and Shane Thorne)
Pin
Riddick Moss and Tino Sabbatelli 9:00[19]
TM-61 Pin2
Austin Aries and Roderick Strong 8:07[23]
Austin Aries and Roderick Strong Pin
Heavy Machinery
(Otis Dozovic and Tucker Knight)
5:15[20]
TM-61 Pin
SAnitY 5:42[24]
Kota Ibushi and T. J. Perkins1 Sub
Lince Dorado and Mustafa Ali 9:03[21]
Kota Ibushi and T. J. Perkins 9:45[23]
SAnitY Pin
Bobby Roode and Tye Dillinger 2:00[19]
SAnitY
(Alexander Wolfe and Sawyer Fulton)
Pin
TM-61 8:20[6]
The Authors of Pain Pin
The Authors of Pain
(Akam and Rezar)
Pin
The Bollywood Boyz
(Gurv Sihra and Harv Sihra)
2:00[22]
The Authors of Pain Pin
No Way Jose and Rich Swann 7:15[23]
No Way Jose and Rich Swann Pin
Drew Gulak and Tony Nese 7:12[20]
The Authors of Pain Pin
DIY 10:27[24]
The Revival
(Dash Wilder and Scott Dawson)
Pin
Andrade Almas and Cedric Alexander 9:00[22]
The Revival [23]
DIY Forfeit3
DIY
(Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa)
Pin
Ho Ho Lun and Tian Bing 4:11[21]

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.

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