|Created by||Triple H|
|Last event||TakeOver 36|
NXT TakeOver was a series of periodic professional wrestling events produced by WWE, a professional wrestling promotion based in Connecticut. The events were produced exclusively for the promotion's NXT brand division and aired live on pay-per-view (PPV) and the streaming services Peacock and the WWE Network. The first TakeOver event was simply titled TakeOver and was held on May 29, 2014. TakeOver events were then held several times a year. The events were originally streamed exclusively on the WWE Network until TakeOver 31 in October 2020, when the events also became available on traditional PPV before also becoming available on Peacock in early 2021. The TakeOver series came to an end following TakeOver 36 in August 2021, as in September, NXT was restructured as NXT 2.0 with the brand's succeeding events no longer carrying the TakeOver name, including some former TakeOver events.
With the establishment of NXT UK in 2018—a sister brand of NXT based in the United Kingdom—the brand adopted the TakeOver name for their live events as well.
In 2012, WWE restructured their NXT brand from being a reality-based competition television show to a developmental territory for their main roster. In February 2014, the brand held its first live special that was uniquely titled Arrival, which was also the very first event to air live on WWE's online streaming service, the WWE Network, which launched earlier that same month. However, after NXT held an event titled TakeOver in May that year, the "TakeOver" name became the branding for all NXT live specials. All NXT live specials were initially held at Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida, as with the main NXT series. They were also originally exclusive to the WWE Network until TakeOver 31 in October 2020 when they also became available on traditional pay-per-view (PPV), before also becoming available on Peacock after the American version of the WWE Network merged under Peacock in March 2021.
Beginning with TakeOver: Brooklyn in 2015, the events were held at various U.S. and international locations, with most TakeOvers being named after their host city or U.S. state, which also began with that Brooklyn event. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, however, all NXT events returned to Full Sail University in mid-March 2020 until TakeOver 31 that October, when events were moved to the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida, presented as a virtual fan viewing experience with a small live crowd called the "Capitol Wrestling Center", an homage to the Capitol Wrestling Corporation, the predecessor to WWE. The Capitol Wrestling Center was similar to the WWE ThunderDome, which was a bio-secure bubble that the company utilized for Raw and SmackDown's programs. Most COVID restrictions were lifted in mid-2021 with the events no longer including a virtual audience and resumed having a live audience. Although the Raw and SmackDown brands resumed live touring in July 2021, NXT remained at the Capitol Wrestling Center. As TakeOvers were only held in Florida since the start of the pandemic in March 2020, they were named either by their installment number (e.g., TakeOver 31) or revived old WWE pay-per-view names (e.g., TakeOver: In Your House), with the exception of TakeOver: WarGames that year.
Since TakeOver: Brooklyn in 2015, several TakeOver events were scheduled as a support event for each of WWE's "Big Four" pay-per-view events at the time (Royal Rumble, WrestleMania, SummerSlam, and Survivor Series), and occasionally, their other monthly pay-per-views, such as Backlash and Money in the Bank. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, TakeOvers also shared the same venue as those PPVs, except when those PPVs were held in a stadium; in these cases, TakeOver was held at an arena in the same city instead. There were also recurring subseries of TakeOver events; TakeOver: Brooklyn was also the first to have its own subseries of TakeOvers. Other subseries of TakeOvers included Toronto, Chicago, In Your House, and the most prominent, WarGames, which had been held on the night preceding Survivor Series from 2017 to 2019; in 2020, it was held two weeks after Survivor Series. The event featured the namesake WarGames match as its main event. TakeOver: Stand & Deliver in April 2021 was the only TakeOver held across two nights.
Only one NXT TakeOver event had to be canceled. TakeOver: Tampa Bay was originally set to air live from the Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida on April 4, 2020. The event was initially postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which began effecting WWE's programming in mid-March; however, it was ultimately canceled with matches planned and scheduled for the event moved to weekly episodes of NXT, beginning April 1.
In September 2021, the NXT brand went through a restructuring, being rebranded as "NXT 2.0", reverting to a developmental territory for WWE. In October, it was speculated that the company may end the TakeOver series as another TakeOver event was not scheduled for 2021 after August's TakeOver 36. On November 9, 2021, NXT's next PPV and Peacock/WWE Network event was announced as WarGames to be held on December 5, 2021. Unlike the previous WarGames events, however, the announcement confirmed that the event would not be a TakeOver event, thus ending the TakeOver series. Vengeance Day, Stand & Deliver, and In Your House would also continue on as their own events following TakeOver's discontinuation, although the 2022 Vengeance Day aired as a television special instead of airing on PPV and Peacock/WWE Network, while the 2022 Stand & Deliver only aired on Peacock/WWE Network and not on PPV.
Although the TakeOver series was discontinued, the Mat Men Podcast reported that WWE may use the TakeOver name again if an NXT event is held in a large venue, such as sharing the same venue with one of WWE's major events, and held as a support show for one of those events, like several previous TakeOvers had done.
|1||TakeOver||May 29, 2014||Full Sail University||Winter Park, Florida||Adrian Neville (c) vs. Tyson Kidd for the NXT Championship|||
|2||Fatal 4-Way||September 11, 2014||Adrian Neville (c) vs. Sami Zayn vs. Tyler Breeze vs. Tyson Kidd for the NXT Championship|||
|3||R Evolution||December 11, 2014||Adrian Neville (c) vs. Sami Zayn in a Title vs. Career match for the NXT Championship|||
|4||Rival||February 11, 2015||Sami Zayn (c) vs. Kevin Owens for the NXT Championship|||
|5||Unstoppable||May 20, 2015||Kevin Owens (c) vs. Sami Zayn for the NXT Championship|||
|6||Brooklyn||August 22, 2015||Barclays Center||Brooklyn, New York||Finn Bálor (c) vs. Kevin Owens in a Ladder match for the NXT Championship|||
|7||Respect||October 7, 2015||Full Sail University||Winter Park, Florida||Bayley (c) vs. Sasha Banks in a 30-minute Iron Woman match for the NXT Women's Championship|||
|8||London||December 16, 2015||SSE Arena||London, England||Finn Bálor (c) vs. Samoa Joe for the NXT Championship|||
|9||Dallas||April 1, 2016||Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center||Dallas, Texas|||
|10||The End||June 8, 2016||Full Sail University||Winter Park, Florida||Samoa Joe (c) vs. Finn Bálor in a Steel Cage match for the NXT Championship|||
|11||Brooklyn II||August 20, 2016||Barclays Center||Brooklyn, New York||Samoa Joe (c) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura for the NXT Championship|||
|12||Toronto||November 19, 2016||Air Canada Centre||Toronto, Ontario, Canada||Shinsuke Nakamura (c) vs. Samoa Joe for the NXT Championship|||
|13||San Antonio||January 28, 2017||Freeman Coliseum||San Antonio, Texas||Shinsuke Nakamura (c) vs. Bobby Roode for the NXT Championship|||
|14||Orlando||April 1, 2017||Amway Center||Orlando, Florida||Bobby Roode (c) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura for the NXT Championship|||
|15||Chicago||May 20, 2017||Allstate Arena||Rosemont, Illinois||The Authors of Pain (Akam and Rezar) (c) vs. DIY (Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa) in a Ladder match for the NXT Tag Team Championship|||
|16||Brooklyn III||August 19, 2017||Barclays Center||Brooklyn, New York||Bobby Roode (c) vs. Drew McIntyre for the NXT Championship|||
|17||WarGames||November 18, 2017||Toyota Center||Houston, Texas||SAnitY (Alexander Wolfe, Eric Young, and Killian Dain) vs. The Authors of Pain (Akam and Rezar) and Roderick Strong vs. The Undisputed Era (Adam Cole, Bobby Fish, and Kyle O'Reilly) in a WarGames match|||
|18||Philadelphia||January 27, 2018||Wells Fargo Center||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania||Andrade "Cien" Almas (c) vs. Johnny Gargano for the NXT Championship|||
|19||New Orleans||April 7, 2018||Smoothie King Center||New Orleans, Louisiana||Johnny Gargano vs. Tommaso Ciampa in an unsanctioned match|||
|20||Chicago II||June 16, 2018||Allstate Arena||Rosemont, Illinois||Johnny Gargano vs. Tommaso Ciampa in a Chicago Street Fight|||
|21||Brooklyn 4||August 18, 2018||Barclays Center||Brooklyn, New York||Tommaso Ciampa (c) vs. Johnny Gargano in a Last Man Standing match for the NXT Championship|||
|22||WarGames||November 17, 2018||Staples Center||Los Angeles, California||Pete Dunne, Ricochet, and War Raiders (Hanson and Rowe) vs. The Undisputed Era (Adam Cole, Bobby Fish, Kyle O'Reilly, and Roderick Strong) in a WarGames match|||
|23||Phoenix||January 26, 2019||Talking Stick Resort Arena||Phoenix, Arizona||Tommaso Ciampa (c) vs. Aleister Black for the NXT Championship|||
|24||New York||April 5, 2019||Barclays Center||Brooklyn, New York||Johnny Gargano vs. Adam Cole in a two-out-of-three falls match for the vacant NXT Championship|||
|25||XXV||June 1, 2019||Webster Bank Arena||Bridgeport, Connecticut||Johnny Gargano (c) vs. Adam Cole for the NXT Championship|||
|26||Toronto||August 10, 2019||Scotiabank Arena||Toronto, Ontario, Canada||Adam Cole (c) vs. Johnny Gargano in a two-out-of-three falls match for the NXT Championship|||
|27||WarGames||November 23, 2019||Allstate Arena||Rosemont, Illinois||Tommaso Ciampa, Keith Lee, Dominik Dijakovic, and Kevin Owens vs. The Undisputed Era (Adam Cole, Bobby Fish, Kyle O'Reilly, and Roderick Strong) in a WarGames match|||
|28||Portland||February 16, 2020||Moda Center||Portland, Oregon||Adam Cole (c) vs. Tommaso Ciampa for the NXT Championship|||
|29||In Your House||June 7, 2020||Full Sail University||Winter Park, Florida||Charlotte Flair (c) vs. Rhea Ripley vs. Io Shirai for the NXT Women's Championship|||
|30||XXX||August 22, 2020||Keith Lee (c) vs. Karrion Kross for the NXT Championship|||
|31||31||October 4, 2020||Capitol Wrestling Center at WWE Performance Center||Orlando, Florida||Finn Bálor (c) vs. Kyle O'Reilly for the NXT Championship|||
|32||WarGames||December 6, 2020||The Undisputed Era (Adam Cole, Kyle O'Reilly, Roderick Strong, and Bobby Fish) vs. Team McAfee (Pat McAfee, Pete Dunne, Danny Burch, and Oney Lorcan) in a WarGames match|||
|33||Vengeance Day||February 14, 2021||Finn Bálor (c) vs. Pete Dunne for the NXT Championship|||
|34||Stand & Deliver||April 7, 2021||Io Shirai (c) vs. Raquel González for the NXT Women's Championship|||
|April 8, 2021||Adam Cole vs. Kyle O'Reilly in an unsanctioned match|
|35||In Your House||June 13, 2021||Karrion Kross (c) vs. Adam Cole vs. Kyle O'Reilly vs. Johnny Gargano vs. Pete Dunne for the NXT Championship|||
|36||36||August 22, 2021||Karrion Kross (c) vs. Samoa Joe for the NXT Championship|||
(c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match
Finn Balor vs Samoa Joe for the NXT Championship was made official for Takeover in December, plus next week they will sign the contract for their match.