NXT TakeOver: Toronto Live Coverage – Shinsuke Nakamura Vs Samoa Joe

NXT TakeOver: Toronto

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Bobby Roode and his live “Glorious” entrance is out now to face Tye Dillinger. These guys had pretty good chemistry together when I saw them live in San Jose. It’s just about the perfect opener.

Bobby Roode Vs Tye Dillinger

One of my pet peeves is when the crowd chants, “This is awesome,” before anything happens. Yep, that happened to start this match.

Roode is doing some Ric Flair, with a bit of Ted DiBiase. It’s a great act. He sells for Dillinger like Dillinger is the baddest guy out there and gets heat by doing heel tactics. The main roster needs more guys like him.

This was better than I expected. And longer too. Roode hit a superplex, but it wasn’t quite clean.

Dillinger had a few decent spots, but you never really thought he was going to win. He put Roode in the Sharpshooter but Roode got the ropes. Roode hit the implant DDT for the win. Good stuff.

Winner: Bobby Roode

Authors Of Pain Vs TM61

Paul Ellering was put in a cage that was raised above the ring. Goes to show you how much I was paying attention as I had no idea that was part of the match.

Story of this match is that TM61 had to hit all kinds of Hail Mary spots because otherwise, they were getting manhandled. Think of every Rockers vs big man tag team match.

Shane Thorne did a crazy flip dive from the support beam.

Nick Miller also hit a sweet moonsault. There were some nice double team spots in there as well since they needed two of them to pick up one.

Ellering dropped a chain from the cage that fell into the ring. Somehow, it ended up in the crowd. The bad guys won anyways with their Last Chapter finisher. Match was disappointing as was the tournament too.

Winner: Authors Of Pain

Dustin and Triple H presented them with the trophy.

Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa Vs The Revival

This is a 2/3 falls match.

The finish to the first fall was very creative, though pretty short. Gargano was in the corner and tried to counter a double team. He dove onto one of them which turned into a double team implant DDT. Pretty sweet. Bad guys are up 1 fall to nothing.

Corey Graves tried to compare seeing the Revival wrestle to people seeing Elvis for the first time. Okay. Heat was on Gargano for the second fall as Ciampa couldn’t even get in the match. They kept cutting off the ring. Gargano did a swinging DDT to try and tag Ciampa, but Wilder pulled Ciampa off the apron. They finally made the tag, but the referee didn’t see it. Finally, Ciampa made the tag, but the crowd didn’t get into it as much as you’d think. Gargano sold his beating well as he wasn’t even on the apron until several minutes later. Good guys set up their finish while Wilder was messing with the referee and Dawson was pinned. That was a good fall.

We’re even. I don’t know if this match is as good as the last TakeOver special, but it’s damn good. Gargano is great selling and there’s no better tag team chemistry on any WWE rosters than the Revival. Dawson had the belt to protect himself and Gargano kicked the belt, hurting his leg. Dawson put on the inverted figure four. Gargano is selling his knee big time. There was a great near fall as Ciampa and Gargano hit a double team Codebreaker. Dawson came in for Wilder like he was a Killer Bee with masks. He tried covering his head and the fact that he has no hair and rolled up Gargano, but the referee figured it out. Finally, DIY both put submissions on and the bad guys tapped.

Winner: Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa

Mickie James Vs Asuka

More competitive match for Asuka than usual. Crowd was buying it simply because they saw Mickie James as a star. James probably took too much of the match as the crowd lost interest when Asaka was selling.

Asuka did some no-selling, but Mickie hit two clotheslines and then the Thesz press off the top rope for a two count. Then she hit a Mick kick for a two count. Asuka put her foot on the rope. She should’ve kicked out instead. There was a Muta Lock in there somewhere too.

Asuka went for the Asuka lock, but James tried rolling out of it. She had a pin attempt. But she couldn’t shake Asuka loose. Then she had to tap.

Winner: Asuka

Samoa Joe Vs Shinsuke Nakamura

This starts out like a MMA match with both guys throwing leg kicks and knees.

The crowd couldn’t really get into this match for some reason and it hurt it. It was back and forth with neither guy really getting the upperhand. Nakamura hit the Kinshasa and Joe kicked out. That was surprising. He went for it again, but missed it. Joe hit a nasty German suplex into a bridge.

Joe started to rough him up outside, doing a slam onto the steps. Then he hit the Muscle Buster for a surprising pin.

Winner: Samoa Joe

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