In just an hour, NXT did what RAW can’t do in three- set up a pay per view.
Four solid matches, a pair of decent promos to set up the NXT title encounter between Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens, as well as the continuation of the Baron Corbin and Bull Dempsey feud made for an entertaining show, but the main event of Hideo Itami and Finn Balor set the bar even higher.
With Takeover’s card in place, the scene is set for another stellar show.
Carmella w/Enzo Amore and Colin Cassady vs. Emma: Although Emma had the early advantage, thanks to the Tarantula, Carmella quickly locked in the Carmella Lock for the win.
#1 Contender’s Tournament: Baron Corbin vs. Adrian Neville: In his first “real” match, Corbin showed a lot more moxie and poise than you might have expected, hitting strikes and a larger variety of moves than he ever has before, including a Front Suplex variation that got him a near-fall. Neville fought back and sent Corbin to the outside, Corbin hit the Snake Eyes on the guard rail to get the advantage. However, before he could get back in the ring, Bull Dempsey took him out on the outside, allowing Neville to pick up the pieces with the Red Arrow for the win.
Hayley vs. Becky Lynch: Bayley got the win with the Belly-to-Bayley Suplex, but Lynch worked on her leg throughout. Lynch also got no help from her pal Sasha Banks, who threw her back in the ring after she got sent them by Bayley. After the match, the two of them went at it and were joined by NXT Women’s Champion Sasha Banks- for a stare down of sorts.
#1 Contender’s Tournament: Hideo Itami vs. Finn Balor: A 20-minute strike-heavy counter fest. Itami had the advantage at times with strikes, but couldn’t hit the GTS or put Balor away with anything big.Things got hairy after Balor hit the Sling Blade, which he followed with the corner Dropkick. With Itami still down, Balor got the surprise win with the Double Stomp from the top rope.