Tye Dillinger vs. Bobby Roode
Tye Dillinger will have one thing on his mind when he faces Bobby Roode at NXT TakeOver: Toronto – payback.
Before the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic began, the glorious Superstar had approached The Perfect 10, saying that to win the tournament, he didn’t just need any partner, he needed the perfect partner. Roode also appealed to Dillinger’s close relationship with the tournament’s namesake, The American Dream. Dillinger accepted Roode’s offer to join forces, but made it clear that he was doing this “for Dusty.”
The NXT Universe was thrilled at the prospect of the “Glorious 10” becoming a regular tag team between the yellow ropes, but their hopes were dashed with the arrival of SAnitY. Represented by Alexander Wolfe & Sawyer Fulton, the chaotic crew cornered and pummeled Dillinger. When The Perfect 10 reached out to tag in his partner, Roode exchanged a glance with SAnitY, then cinched up his robe and ditched Dillinger, leaving him to be battered by all four anarchists.
While icing his bruised body at the WWE Performance Center one week later, cameras caught up with a furious Dillinger, who laid out a challenge to Roode for TakeOver: Toronto. Later that night on WWE Network, Roode claimed ignorance of why The Perfect 10 would have any gripes with him, saying that he only tried to make Dillinger glorious. A furious Dillinger charged the ring and got the upper hand on Roode, sending “The Glorious One” scrambling for cover.
As great as Dillinger is in the ring, and he is, he is one of the most talented on the roster. I see Bobby Roode taking the win here, possibly via rollup, which is fine, a win is a win as they say.
With the potential departure of Samoa Joe to the main roster closing in soon, nothing is confirmed but it just feels like it’s going to be happening pretty soon, Bobby Roode is most likely the next contender for Nakamura’s NXT championship. So that’s why I think he will win.
I believe it will be a hard-fought fight in which Bobby can’t seem to win so possibly has to resort to cheating and eventually the win. These two opponents should put on a great match. After this NXT need to try to cement Dillinger as a threat as he is damn talented
Winner: Bobby Roode
TM61 vs. The Authors of Pain (Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Final)
TM61 and The Authors of Pain will clash at NXT TakeOver: Toronto in the final of the 2016 Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic. In the interest of keeping the playing field level, NXT General Manager William Regal has declared that Akam & Rezar’s manager, WWE Hall of Famer Paul Ellering, will be suspended high above the ring in a cage, to prevent him from meddling in this historic battle.
Shane Thorne & Nick Miller have taken the NXT tag team division by storm since their arrival earlier this year. The world-traveled pair of Australians have hung in with the best teams NXT have to offer, including #DIY, The Revival and The Authors of Pain. TM61 have looked impressive in the Dusty Classic thus far. Their road to Toronto started with a win over Tino Sabbatelli & Riddick Moss in the opening round. It took a unique turn in the second round.
With Austin Aries unable to compete due to injury, Thorne took on Roderick Strong in singles action to determine which of their teams moved on. Thorne emerged victorious, setting up a showdown with SAnitY in the semifinals. TM61 was able to withstand the chaotic onslaught from Sawyer Fulton & Alexander Wolfe and the interference of Eric Young and Nikki Cross to cement their place in the final.
The Authors of Pain have unleashed pure devastation since their arrival in NXT, and the Dusty Classic has been no different. The undefeated Akam & Rezar bulldozed over The Bollywood Boyz in the first round. With an assist from Paul Ellering, The Authors defeated No Way Jose & Rich Swann to advance to the semifinals. The monstrous duo defeated #DIY to move on to Toronto, thanks to Ellering and NXT Tag Team Champions The Revival.
Because of Ellering’s interference, Regal considered banning the Hall of Famer from ringside, but was threatened with legal action. Taking inspiration from Mattel’s WWE Crash Cage playset, Regal found a way to keep Ellering at ringside (or above it), but unable to interject himself in the bout.
This is an interesting match, not the good kind either. I’m not particularly excited about either TM61 or the AOP. When the brackets were released for the tag tournament, none of these two teams were in my mind anywhere close to reaching the final.
Personally I believe it’s a bit distasteful to Dusty’s legacy to have either of these teams win, but that is again, just my opinion. The only good thing about this match is Paul Ellering inside a cage hanging from the arena. Not really interested in this match but hopefully I will be surprised and they both pull out all the stops. After all, this is in remembrance & tribute to Dusty.
Winners: Authors Of Pain
NXT Tag Team Champions The Revival vs. #DIY (2-out-of-3 Falls Match)
A deep dislike between these two teams has grown over the last few months, as Johnny Gargano & Tommaso Ciampa set their sights on Scott Dawson & Dash Wilder’s titles.
The popular challengers pushed the titleholders to the limit in an epic title clash at TakeOver: Brooklyn II and have been champing at the bit for another opportunity to become NXT Tag Team Champions ever since.
During the Aug. 31 edition of NXT, The Revival ambushed Ciampa, further fueling the animosity between these duos. However, when faced with a Second Round showdown against #DIY in the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic, The Revival ended up forfeiting. Dawson curiously claimed he had to back out of the match due to a serious knee injury, but this seemed to only make Gargano & Ciampa even more determined to get their hands on their foes.
After the champions cost Gargano & Ciampa their Semifinal Match in the Dusty Classic, General Manager William Regal announced TakeOver: Toronto’s 2-out-of-3-Falls Match, meaning whichever duo is the first to win two falls – whether by pinfall, submission, count-out or disqualification – takes home the NXT Tag Team Championship.
Will Dawson & Wilder continue to cement their status as NXT’s “top guys” with another successful title defense? Or will best friends Gargano & Ciampa finally achieve their goal of becoming the NXT Tag Team Champions?
This match is probably the one I, and a lot of people are looking forward to most on the card. Definitely going to be the match that steals the show. At NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn II, these guys had an awesome match. These two teams have great chemistry in the ring together & they are without a doubt two of the best tag teams in WWE (all of WWE, not just NXT).
This bout is bound to be a classic, with the potential of being a 5 star, match of the year candidate. The Revival have held the tag titles for 164 days,a few weeks short of 6 months, if I’m honest I don’t see what else is left for these guys in NXT, they are great Champions who are damn talented and I believe they should be on the main roster adding to the tag team division and outshining many of the teams there. I feel the titles may change.
NXT Women’s Champion Asuka vs. Mickie James
Since her arrival in NXT last fall, Asuka has dominated the competition. Everyone from the towering Nia Jax to the spirited Bayley has fallen before The Empress of Tomorrow. Asuka has remained undefeated since her debut, and though Superstars like Liv Morgan have tried to stand up to her in recent weeks, no one has been successful in knocking the champion off her pedestal.
With that in mind, NXT General Manager William Regal went outside the NXT roster to find Asuka’s next challenger. Mickie James is a 17-year veteran of the mat game, a five-time WWE Women’s Champion and a former Divas Champion. She’s defeated some of the greatest female competitors in WWE history, including Beth Phoenix and WWE Hall of Famer Trish Stratus. If anyone is ready for a war with Asuka, it’s James.
Asuka is the most dominant female on the NXT roster, unbeaten and awaiting any challenge that is given to her. NXT has done a great job of building Asuka up to be an unstoppobale force. Bayley couldn’t stop her, Nia couldn’t, Liv Morgan either.
Since the draft, the womens division hasn’t been what it was before the draft, no-one on the roster is capable of beating Asuka right now except perhaps Ember Moon, who is probably going to be the next champion, but still needs time to be built up as a real threat. Mickie James was brought in as a potential threat to Asuka, realistically she could beat her, but it isn’t going to happen. They are not going to bring someone even as great as Mickie in and beat her in her first match in NXT. They just needed someone until the womens division has been built up even more. Although this should be a great match, Mickie James is one of the best so it should be a damn classic.
NXT Champion Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Samoa Joe
Shinsuke Nakamura will put his NXT Championship on the line in a huge rematch against Samoa Joe in the main event of NXT TakeOver: Toronto.
There is no love lost between champion and challenger, especially since TakeOver: Brooklyn II, where The King of Strong Style …
Samoa Joe later obtained the medical diagnosis of the NXT Champion, revealing that The King of Strong Style would be out of action for 6-12 weeks. Not wanting to wait for his title opportunity, Joe gave NXT General Manager William Regal an ultimatum: “Bring me Nakamura, or hand me my title!” The brute then made good on a promise to destroy the NXT roster until Regal rendered a decision, bulldozing through the Ealy twins and ruining the debut of Dan Matha. After he prematurely ended a match between Buddy Murphy and Wesley Blake in ruthless fashion, Joe re-stated his demands and got an answer, but not the one he was looking for.
Nakamura returned, carrying the NXT Championship and sporting a neck brace. However, The King of Strong Style quickly showed that he was ready to fight, ripping off the brace and charging right at his rival. The two fought through a swarm of security guards, raining blows down on each other. In the end, it was Nakamura who made the ultimate statement, leaving Joe knocked out cold in the middle of the ring with a devastating Kinshasa. After the carnage cleared, Regal made this huge rematch official for Toronto.
The rematch following Joe’s loss at NXT TakeOver:Brooklyn II is sure to be a hell of a rematch. Their previous match wasnt as good as expected to be, but the build for the rematch has been really well done. The stakes are high and it feels like a big money match. Which it is after all, the NXT Championship is on the line.
This should be pretty much a brawl, that’s the way this match has been built up to be and that’s what it should be. Joe & Nakamura giving all they have got. I don’t believe Joe has what it takes to beat Shinsuke again and that he will fall short once again. Either leading him somewhere else, or (please) debut on the main roster. Which I believe is most likely to happen.
Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura