NXT TakeOver
Created byTriple H
Promotion(s)WWE
Brand(s)NXT
First eventTakeOver

NXT TakeOver is a series of periodic professional wrestling events produced by WWE, a professional wrestling promotion based in Connecticut. The events are produced exclusively for the promotion's NXT brand division and air live on pay-per-view (PPV) and the WWE Network. The first TakeOver event was simply titled TakeOver and was held on May 29, 2014. TakeOver events have since been held several times a year. Originally, the events were exclusively streamed live on the WWE Network until TakeOver 31 in October 2020, when the events also became available on traditional PPV.

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.

History

WWE's first NXT live special was uniquely titled Arrival in February 2014, which was the very first event to air live on the WWE Network. However, after the debut TakeOver in May that year, the "TakeOver" name became the branding for all NXT live specials.[1][2] 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.[3]

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.[4] Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, however, all NXT events returned to Full Sail University in mid-March 2020[5] 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. As TakeOvers have only been held in Florida during the pandemic, they have been named either by their installment number (e.g., TakeOver 31) or have revived old WWE pay-per-view names (e.g., TakeOver: In Your House), with the exception of the annual TakeOver: WarGames.[6][7][8][9]

Since TakeOver: Brooklyn in 2015, several TakeOver events have been scheduled as a support event for each of WWE's "Big Four" pay-per-view events (Royal Rumble, WrestleMania, SummerSlam, and Survivor Series), and occasionally their other monthly pay-per-views, such as Backlash and Money in the Bank.[4] 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.[10] There have also been recurring subseries of TakeOver events; TakeOver: Brooklyn would also be the first to have its own subseries of TakeOvers.[4] Other subseries of TakeOvers include Toronto, Chicago, In Your House, and the most prominent, WarGames, which has been held on the night preceding Survivor Series since 2017 (except in 2020 when it was held two weeks after Survivor Series), and features the namesake WarGames match as its main event.[11] TakeOver: Stand & Deliver in April 2021 was the first TakeOver held across two nights.[12]

Only one NXT TakeOver event has 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.[13][14][15]

Dates and venues

No. Event Date Venue Location Main event Ref.
1 TakeOver May 29, 2014 Full Sail University Winter Park, Florida Adrian Neville (c) vs. Tyson Kidd for the NXT Championship [16]
2 Fatal 4-Way September 11, 2014 Adrian Neville (c) vs. Sami Zayn vs. Tyler Breeze vs. Tyson Kidd for the NXT Championship [17]
3 R Evolution December 11, 2014 Adrian Neville (c) vs. Sami Zayn in a Title vs. Career match for the NXT Championship [18]
4 Rival February 11, 2015 Sami Zayn (c) vs. Kevin Owens for the NXT Championship [19]
5 Unstoppable May 20, 2015 Kevin Owens (c) vs. Sami Zayn for the NXT Championship [20]
6 Brooklyn August 22, 2015 Barclays Center Brooklyn, New York Finn Bálor (c) vs. Kevin Owens in a Ladder match for the NXT Championship [21]
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 [22]
8 London December 16, 2015 SSE Arena London, England Finn Bálor (c) vs. Samoa Joe for the NXT Championship [23]
9 Dallas April 1, 2016 Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Dallas, Texas [24]
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 [25]
11 Brooklyn II August 20, 2016 Barclays Center Brooklyn, New York Samoa Joe (c) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura for the NXT Championship [26]
12 Toronto November 19, 2016 Air Canada Centre Toronto, Ontario, Canada Shinsuke Nakamura (c) vs. Samoa Joe for the NXT Championship [27]
13 San Antonio January 28, 2017 Freeman Coliseum San Antonio, Texas Shinsuke Nakamura (c) vs. Bobby Roode for the NXT Championship [28]
14 Orlando April 1, 2017 Amway Center Orlando, Florida Bobby Roode (c) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura for the NXT Championship [29][30]
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 [31]
16 Brooklyn III August 19, 2017 Barclays Center Brooklyn, New York Bobby Roode (c) vs. Drew McIntyre for the NXT Championship [26][32]
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 [33][11]
18 Philadelphia January 27, 2018 Wells Fargo Center Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Andrade "Cien" Almas (c) vs. Johnny Gargano for the NXT Championship [34][35][36]
19 New Orleans April 7, 2018 Smoothie King Center New Orleans, Louisiana Johnny Gargano vs. Tommaso Ciampa in an unsanctioned match [37][38]
20 Chicago II June 16, 2018 Allstate Arena Rosemont, Illinois Johnny Gargano vs. Tommaso Ciampa in a Chicago Street Fight [39][40]
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 [41][42]
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 [43][44][45]
23 Phoenix January 26, 2019 Talking Stick Resort Arena Phoenix, Arizona Tommaso Ciampa (c) vs. Aleister Black for the NXT Championship [46][47]
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 [48][49][50]
25 XXV June 1, 2019 Webster Bank Arena Bridgeport, Connecticut Johnny Gargano (c) vs. Adam Cole for the NXT Championship [51][52]
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 [53][54]
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 [55][56]
28 Portland February 16, 2020 Moda Center Portland, Oregon Adam Cole (c) vs. Tommaso Ciampa for the NXT Championship [57]
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 [6]
30 XXX August 22, 2020 Keith Lee (c) vs. Karrion Kross for the NXT Championship [58][59]
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 [60][61]
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 [9][62]
33 Vengeance Day February 14, 2021 Finn Bálor (c) vs. Pete Dunne for the NXT Championship [63][64]
34 Stand & Deliver April 7, 2021 Io Shirai (c) vs. Raquel González for the NXT Women's Championship [65][66][67]
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 [68]
(c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

See also

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