NXT Takeover 31

Updated: Oct 5, 2020

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Some delays, got a podcast episode to upload.

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Scott Stanford and Sam Roberts' beard hosted the Pre-show. Cousin Sam's Beard gets a thumbs up

It looked like a custom face mask

The show opened with a montage featuring tons of old footage and stock photos of Capitol Wrestling. The promo showed a quote from Vince McMahon in 1977 putting over the quality of the WWWF product at the time. Once the vignette finished, a logo appeared onscreen for the CWC, or “Capitol Wrestling Center,” or what they’ve decided to call the venue. The CWC logo looks almost identical to the Cruiserweight Classic logo.

Damian Priest defeated Johnny Gargano to retain the NXT North American title

***3/4 Thumbs Up

KUSHIDA defeated Velveteen Dream via submission

***1/2 Thumbs Up

After the match, KUSHIDA didn't let up on Dream and kept striking him. He laid in hard palm strikes and elbows, then kept locking on arm submissions. This KUSHIDA is so much more interesting than who we saw in NJPW. Really good match all around.

NXT aired a commercial for Halloween Havoc, which will air for the first time under the NXT banner on October 28. Check out the front page for more details on that.

Santos Escobar defeated Isaiah Scott to retain the NXT Cruiserweight title

All action from the get-go. Swerve landed a moonsault off the apron, then a corkscrew senton from the turnbuckle, then a Fosbury flop onto Escobar near the entrance. This was just a minute or two into the match, too. Swerevtastic, indeed. Before the finish, there was a spot where Escobar and Swerve fell onto the apron and Swerve hit his head against the ringpost. He sold like he was knocked silly. Escobar then landed a double-underhook GTS, slamming Swerve’s face into his knee, and scored the win. Isaiah Scott looked awesome here.

I went from not caring about the feud and not looking forward to this match to marking out.

***3/4 Thumbs Up

(I'm caught up to the present)

Candace Lerae VS Io Shirai for the NXT Women's Championship

Io Shirai Retains. ***1/4 Thumbs Up

Toni Storm returned and I guess challenged for the title

Seconds later Ember Moon Returned To NXT

Kyle O'Reilly VS Finn Balor for NXT Championship

Finn Balor Retained ***1/2 Thumbs Up

Ehh...the other waiting for the other shoe to drop......and then It did. Someone killed Adam Cole

Another Thumbs Up show, to the point where I think NXT Takeover at it's worst would still be a Thumbs Up. NXT on weekly TV is missing the energy every Takeover brings even just a fraction of it.