NXT Takeover Toronto will take place on November 19, 2016. This is the first NXT Takeover to take place in the great white north of Canada and it features the finals of the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic tournament and the headlining match of Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Samoa Joe for the NXT championship.
The Selective Hearing staff have gathered to discuss the card and make bold predictions on the outcomes of the matches.
NXT Takeover Toronto Final Card
The Revival (Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder) vs. DIY (Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa) – 2 out of 3 falls match for the NXT Tag Team Championshop
The Authors of Pain (Rezar and Akam) vs. TM61 (Nick Miller and Shance Thorne) – Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic tournament
Bobby Roode vs. Tye Dillinger
Asuka vs. Mickie James – NXT Women’s Championship
Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Samoa Joe – NXT Championship
Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Final
Since we didn’t get to fully discuss the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic past our initial predictions let’s touch on that first. I believe all of brackets were busted early and then obliterated when Austin Aries got hurt. The only one of us who got remotely close to any sort of accuracy was BigFreaky with his call that TM61 would be in the finals. Of all the teams involved in this year’s tournament, which one disappointed you with their performance?
Greg: The Bollywood Boys. Granted, they were pretty much cannon fodder for The Authors of Pain but even in the Cruiserweight Tourney, neither member of that team really stood out.
Allen: I know it was storyline purposes but I thought Cedric Alexander and Andrade Cien Almas could have had great matches in the tournament with anyone. Also I don’t recall anything happening after Cien’s heel turn, so that is disappointing.
BigFreaky: I wouldn’t say disappoint, but I’ll have to echo Greg, about the Bollywood Boyz. They got stomped and it wasn’t even a joke.
Which of the teams impressed you?
Greg: Sanity made a great debut and the team of Tucker Knight and Otis Dozovic may be a couple of diamonds in the rough. Of the two I’m more interested in seeing where Sanity is going with their crazy post apocalyptic gimmick. Plus Eric Young.
Allen: Sanity is the new Wyatt Family. I hope they have great promos and really raise some hell around NXT. Hopefully they can bring something different and interesting to NXT.
BigFreaky: SAnitY was impressive. I’ve seen a few of them here and there, and it’s nice to see them have some kind of direction now. I am most happy to see Nikki Cross have something to do (although not directly involved in this tourney) I already knew TM61 was going all the way. The Mighty Don’t Kneel.
Are you surprised the Authors of Pain and TM61 are the last 2 standing? Which team do you think will benefit most from a tournament win?
Greg: I think many were expecting that team Japan would be the favorites when the brackets for this tournament were revealed. But with Itami on the shelf again, TM61 were the next logical choice to make a run to the top. The Authors of Pain are on the fast track to being the next heel monsters in the tag division so if DIY finally capture gold I think they will benefit the most from a tournament win.
Allen: Team Japan should have won but some green wrestler jacked up Itami’s neck. After they went down, I felt the door opened for everyone else. I think Authors of Pain will win. Last year we had the face team win, this year a heel team that will stay together should win and bring them some credibility without having to be the champions. TM61 can probably help get a very competitive match out of the Authors of Pain, but I don’t feel like it’s TM61’s time yet.
BigFreaky: I think AOP would benefit more from a win, but I think TM61 is going to take it. I’ve had them as my pick since the start.
Tag Team Championship Rematch
The Revival face off with DIY in a 2 out of 3 falls match. Match of the year candidate just based on premise alone? How high is your personal bar set for this match?
Greg: Yes, MOTY potential is written all over this. I will try not to set a high bar for this match but so far these teams have not disappointed when they are together in the ring. I only hope they are given a lot of time to tell their story.
Allen: It has tons of MOTY potential. These guys are just great at what they do so seeing them mix it up with a 2 out of 3 falls stipulation keeps the unpredictable feeling alive. I only hope that it doesn’t finish in a BS double pin or something weird.
BigFreaky: When 4 amazing talents walk into the ring, they make art. This match will be one of the best for sure. Expect us and the fans to be completely spent when the dust settles.
Do you believe DIY will finally claim the tag team championships or will dad bods continue to reign over the division?
Greg: DIY will capture gold from dad bods and everyone will get the happy ending that this feud has been building up to.
Allen: DIY should win and they can have great matches with the rest of the new tag division in NXT. I feel like it’s time to call up The Revival. Solid workers that have great heel aura with them and can match up with any team. As much as I would like to see them on Smackdown, they have a ton of teams on their roster. Raw’s tag team roster is so boring, I feel they can probably help that brand but I don’t know if they would fit in that mix.
BigFreaky: The gold is going to have a new home.
Roode vs. Dillinger
Two proud Canadians face off in Bobby Roode’s hometown. Do you expect Roode to have truly glorious entrance for his homecoming?
Greg: Man, Roode better come out to an entrance with flowing waterfalls of maple syrup, showers of hockey pucks and beavers carrying him on his throne to the ring. In all seriousness, this dude will probably get a pretty epic entrance given that he’s in his home town. The crowd for sure will cheer for him as soon as his music starts.
Allen: If every person in that crowd doesn’t sing his theme in unison, I will be very disappointed in Canada. Maybe his robe can be the Canadian flag colors or he can wear some trunks from his Team Canada TNA days. Tye Dillinger is also Canadian so he will get a big reaction as well. There better be tons of 10 signs all over the place.
BigFreaky: The crowd is going to be electric for this match. I would be happy with waterfalls of maple syrup.
Will Dillinger get the big win over Roode to catapult his career or will the Glorious One put him down in glorious fashion?
Greg: One can hope that Dillinger finally gets a big win. The build for this match is making Tye the underdog and if Roode loses it’s not going to hurt him at all.
Allen: I don’t see Tye getting the win if the plan is to set up Roode as Nakamura’s next feud. Tye is another one that should be on one of the main rosters just because they need more faces to mix things up, he deserves to be called up.
BigFreaky: Tye is just one of those guys who is so over with the NXT crowd, I don’t see how they can bring him up. Roode with a decisive victory or Tye with a sneaky win.
Asuka vs. Mickie James
Asuka is facing a returning Mickie James. Do you expect her to steamroll through James like she has done with her other opponents or will this be a competitive match?
Greg: This should be a very competitive match. I don’t see Asuka running over James and this will probably end up being a bit of a brawl until the end.
Allen: I haven’t seen anything from Mickie James since she was in WWE, so I’m hoping she can still go. It’ll be a nice matchup to see and I’m sure it won’t be a total squash. There has to be some spots for James to make her look competitive. I have a feeling that this will be the sleeper match that will surprise a lot of people.
BigFreaky: I just saw Mickie last weekend, she has not lost a step and looks to be in the best shape of her life. Asuka will win this, but there will be no steamroller.
Do you see a swerve of some sort where James wins the belt or is that just wishful fantasy booking?
Greg: Nah. No way James wins. Not unless she is going to commit to sticking around past this one night.
Allen: Nope. Asuka could snap and go nuts on Mickie and Ember Moon has to make the save. That or Peyton Royce and Billie Kay could jump the both of them and we see Mickie and Asuka team together for a future feud.
BigFreaky: Asuka retains, bar none.
Nakamura vs. Joe
This is most likely going to be another hard hitting and physical matchup. Is this going to be the end of this feud or will there be one more match regardless of whether Nakamura retains or not?
Greg: I don’t think this feud is over after Toronto. There will probably be a third and final match to determine who the better man is before both men move on.
Allen: I feel like this should be the end. I know it would be cool to see more matches from them but I feel Joe’s window for the main roster is closing the longer he stays in NXT.
BigFreaky: I hope this is the end, Angry all the time Joe is boring.
If Joe loses and the feud ends, do you see him being called up to help bolster up the thin ranks of the main roster? Or has he not hit his ceiling in NXT yet?
Greg: While Joe has hit his ceiling in NXT he’s not being moved up yet. As I said, I think Nak and Joe will go one more round. After that then maybe Joe gets his shot on the main roster.
Allen: Joe in NXT has been amazing. He revived his career in NXT and has become such a badass heel. He needs to take that to the main roster ASAP. I think he could be destroying guys on Smackdown, Raw might be a little bit more difficult with Roman, Braun and Rusev on that roster. He has nothing left to prove in NXT.
BigFreaky: Loss and up to main. Not sure how soon. Might have to wait til Rumble.
Last question. Do you see this Takeover special being better than Survivor Series on paper? Does this interest you more than what the main roster is doing on Sunday?
Greg: To me this card looks better than the Survivor Series one. I am more invested in this show simply because the narratives are better. I’ll watch Survivor Series but I’m not going to care as much about what is going on.
Allen: I kind of forgot Takeover was this Saturday since Survivor Series has been pushed so much. I’m actually more interested in Survivor Series but Takeover tends to steal the weekend away when they are up against the main PPV’s mainly because of the matches and how well they are booked. I have a feeling the main roster show will find a way to disappoint, just like Summerslam.
BigFreaky: I tend to be the kind of guy who loves to see as much talent as possible. SS was always my favorite behind Rumble. I think both are completely different. If I really had to choose I would go with SS by sheer volume alone. But lucky I don’t have to and I’ll be watching both.