- Oct 26, 2017
Live from... *checks notes*... huh.
Live from Bridg-really? Okay.
Live from the Webster Arena in Bridgeport, Connecticut, it's NXT Takeover XXV!
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Here's a reminder of what happened last time at Takeover: New York.
Velveteen Dream def Matt Riddle to retain the NXT North American Championship
WALTER def Pete Dunne to become the new WWE United Kingdom Champion
Shayna Baszler def Kairi Sane, Io Shirai and Bianca Belair in a Fatal 4 Way to retain the NXT Women's Championship
After being vacated by Tommaso Ciampa pre-Takeover due to injury, Johnny Gargano def Adam Cole 2-1 in a Two Out of Three Falls match to (FINALLY!) become the new NXT Champion
And then this happened:
Here's what's on tap at Takeover XXV:
Matt Riddle vs Roderick Strong
Strong's first Takeover singles match since...Takeover Chicago 1? After a backstage beatdown on Riddle on TV, the two will now go at it at Takeover.
Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch vs The Street Profits (Angelo Dawkins and Montez Ford) vs The Undisputed Era (Kyle O'Reilly and Bobby Fish) in a ladder match for the NXT Tag Team Championship
(Let's not discuss what happened after the last tag team title ladder match, eh?)
Velveteen Dream © vs Tyler Breeze for the NXT North American Championship
LOOK EVERYONE, IT'S TYLER!
Tyler Breeze is back in NXT. His first target: the NXT NA Champion who has made NXT 'The Velveteen Experience'. It's clear there's no room in this town for two massive egos, so they're gonna settle this at Takeover. And you know what? This legit low key could be match of the night.
Shayna Baszler © (w Jessamyn Duke and Marina Shafir) vs Io Shirai for the NXT Women’s Championship
Baszler is now rid of her biggest rival in NXT after beating Kairi Sane on TV, albeit via DQ, that saw the Pirate Princess depart for the main roster. But a beatdown afterward saw her friend and former Stardom rival Io Shirai try to stop it to no avail, being forced to watch what was going on by The Faux Horsewomen.
At Takeover, Shirai will attempt to avenge her friend, take down Baszler and become the brand new NXT Women's Champion.
Johnny Gargano © vs Adam Cole II for the NXT Championship
One of the best NXT matches of all time. The first WWE brand match to ever break Meltzer's five-star scale. One of the most cathartic matches in NXT history.
What else can you say about the match that was WWE's best match on Wrestlemania weekend? Johnny Gargano and Adam Cole (BAYBAY!) stole the show at Takeover: New York with Gargano walking away with the title after a 2-1 win over Cole in a Two Out of Three Falls match.
After Cole's badgering of the fact he won the first fall in Brooklyn in April and that if it was just on that first fall, he'd now be NXT Champion. Now, the two now go at it again to definitive prove a winner once and for all in a match scheduled for - and only for - one fall (ONE FALL!).
If it's anything like back in April, this'll be incredible.
Takeover Pre-Show on the WWE Network with Charly Caruso, TOMMASO CIAMPA IN HIS APPEARANCE POST-TAKEOVER: NEW YORK, Pat McAfee and Sam fuckhead Roberts - 6:30pm EST/3:30pm PST/11:30pm GMT/12:30am CET
Thanks to Serene for the OT suggestion!