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It’s five matches – three title bouts, one special attraction, and one introductory match. It’s the latest NXT Takeover.
WWE has followed a simple, effective formula for their “Takeover” special leading to “The End,” which Triple H said Tuesday has multiple meanings.
One is the marketed end of the Finn Balor vs. Samoa Joe rivalry, to be settled inside a steel cage for the NXT Title. Hunter said Tuesday that he felt it was the right time, right feud, and right ending to a feud he hoped would reach this level creatively.
There’s also Shinsuke Nakamura, who is set to wow the Full Sail University audience against an opponent similar to Sami Zayn in the form of Austin Aries, whose storyline is he’s tired of being over-looked among the new entrants into NXT.
Plus, The Revival gets their Tag Title re-match against American Alpha’s Jason Jordan & Chad Gable from “NXT Takeover: Dallas,” Asuka makes her first Women’s Title defense against Nia Jax, and the former La Sombra, Andrade “Cien” Almas, makes his NXT Takeover debut against Tye Dillinger.
Missing from the equation is NXT mainstay Bayley, who is not on the card after losing the Women’s Title to Asuka in Dallas. It remains to be seen if she still makes an impact on the show.
Hunter also teased a few surprises that have become customary for the Takeover specials, such as Bobby Roode appearing in the crowd at the last Takeover in Dallas.
On WWE Network, the pre-show begins at 7:30 p.m. EST, the live special is at 8:00 p.m. EST, and the replay is at 11:00 p.m. EST. WWE has scheduled a “Breaking Ground” special in-between the two-hour Takeover special and replay.
NXT Takeover Line-up
- NXT Title match: Samoa Joe vs. Finn Balor in a steel cage match
- NXT Tag Title match: American Alpha (Jason Jordan & Chad Gable) vs. The Revival (Dash & Dawson) – “NXT Takeover: Dallas” re-match
- Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Austin Aries
- NXT Women’s Title match: Asuka vs. Nia Jax
- Andrade “Cien” Almas NXT Takeover debut vs. Tye Dillinger