– The WWE NXT Takeover: Rival Kickoff Pre-show kicks off from Full Sail University with Renee Young, Corey Graves, Jason “Tensai” Albert and Byron Saxton. Graves hypes tonight’s main event and plugs the #NXTTakeover hashtag. Albert says we’re in for a treat with Finn Balor vs. Adrian Neville. They talk more about tonight’s main event and we hear the NXT fans getting rowdy outside already with “ole” and “fight Owens fight” chants.
– We get a look at how Balor and Neville made it to Takeover. Saxton believes Neville has the advantage in tonight’s #1 contender’s match. Graves agrees but Albert is going with Balor. We go to a break and come back to footage of Kevin Owens arriving earlier this afternoon. We see the footage from last week where Tyler Breeze attacked Hideo Itami backstage. Renee confirms that match for later tonight. Graves believes Breeze’s new aggression will give him the advantage. Albert about how Itami is getting his footing in NXT and Breeze bit off more than he can chew. Saxton say either way, Breeze will have people talking about him and will be trending. They talk about Baron Corbin vs. Bull Dempsey in a No DQ match and we get a video looking at what happened last week.
– Albert predicts Corbin will take the win tonight. The panel talks about tonight’s NXT Women’s Title match and the NXT Tag Team Title match. We get a video looking at Charlotte. We come back and Charlotte is out on the panel, replacing Saxton. She’s excited about the match. Albert asks how she’s prepared for the match tonight. She doesn’t think it’s about being prepared, the facts are that she beat Natalya, Paige and all the others when people thought she couldn’t. It’s a title shot to them but another chance for her to show why she’s the best. They talk more and Renee thanks her for coming. We take another break and come back to footage of NXT Champion Sami Zayn making his way into the building earlier today. We go out to Saxton in the crowd. One fan picks Owens to win tonight, another fan picks Owens also. The next two fans go with Zayn. Renee leads us to a video for Owens vs. Zayn. We come back to the panel for more discussion on tonight’s main event. Renee predicts Owens, Graves goes with Owens, Albert goes with Sami and Saxton picks Owens also. That’s it for the pre-show.
WWE NXT Takeover: Rival Results
– WWE NXT Takeover: Rival kicks off with a video package for tonight. We’re live from Full Sail University with a packed house. Rich Brennan, Jason Albert and Corey Graves are on commentary. We go right to the ring.
Hideo Itami vs. Tyler Breeze
Hideo Itami makes his way out to the ring to a pop as fans chant his name. Tyler Breeze is out next.
A female fan that looks like a plant runs and jumps on Breeze as he makes his entrance. Security takes her away. Hideo tries for kicks but Breeze puts the referee in the way and hits a kick of his own to strike first. Breeze with a splash in the corner and some trash talking. Itami turns it around with a big corner clothesline. They run the ropes. Itami misses a kick but hits a knee to the gut and a big kick that sends Breeze out of the ring. They run around and back in. Breeze misses and gets knocked out of the air. Itami with kicks. He goes for a running boot in the corner but Breeze escapes to the floor. Itami brings him back to the apron and hits a pair of kicks. Breeze goes for the leg and fights back in the ring. Breeze takes the leg out and Itami clutches his knee as the referee checks on him.
Breeze goes back to work on Itami and the referee stops to check on him again. Breeze whips Itami into the corner. Breeze slams Itami’s knee into the ring post and applies a Figure Four on the ring post. Breeze comes back in and keeps up the attack on the leg. Breeze applies a Sharpshooter but Itami makes it to the ropes. Breeze breaks the hold and stomps away. Itami goes for a GTS out of nowhere but it’s blocked. Breeze with a 2 count. Breeze blocks a kick and hits a superkick of his own for a 2 count. Fans do dueling chants as Breeze nails Itami from his knees. Breeze with more strikes as he gets to his feet. Itami takes them all and starts to hulk up.
Itami with a forearm and kick. Itami with more kicks against the ropes. Breeze goes down to his knees and takes more big kicks to the chest. Itami hits the hesitation dropkick in the corner and the running kick for the win.
Winner: Hideo Itami
– After the match, we get replays. Itami clutches his leg and limps after having his hand raised, selling the kicks from Breeze. Itami poses to end it.
– We see William Regal and a referee backstage talking to Kevin Owens.
No Disqualification Match: Bull Dempsey vs. Baron Corbin
We go to the ring and out comes Bull Dempsey first.
Baron Corbin rushes the ring and they start brawling in and out. Bull slams Corbin into the apron and suplexes him onto the steel ramp. Bull keeps control and beats on Baron at ringside. Fans chant for tables. Bull goes under the ring but doesn’t find what he’s looking for and fans boo. Bull goes back to stomping on Baron and slams his face into the apron. Bull brings Baron back in but Baron nails a spinebuster for a 2 count.
They tumble over the top rope and fans boo. They get up and Bull drops Baron with a right hand. Bull rolls Baron in and goes to the top for the big headbutt. He nails it but Baron kicks out just in time. Bull can’t believe he kicked out. Bull stomps and kicks Baron back out of the ring. Bull throws him into the steel steps and rolls him back in the ring. Bull brings a steel chair in but Corbin counters it and hits End of Days for the win.
Winner: Baron Corbin
– After the match, Corbin takes a seat in the chair while Bull tries to recover.
– We see William Regal and a referee talking to Sami Zayn backstage now. Back to commercial.
– Back from the break and we get shots of Becky Lynch and Bayley warming up backstage.
NXT Tag Team Title Match: The Lucha Dragons vs. Blake and Murphy
We go to the ring and out comes Sin Cara and Kalisto. NXT Tag Team Champions Blake and Murphy are out next to a decent reaction.
Cara starts off with Murphy and they lock up. Blake quickly tags in for some double teaming but it backfires and Cara takes control. Cara goes down on the apron and Blake stomps away. More back and forth action. Cara with a head scissors takedown. Kalisto comes in with a big kick. Kalisto slips on the rope but recovers and leaps out onto Murphy. Cara and Blake go at it in the corner. Cara with a victory roll from the top for a 2 count. Murphy tags in and goes at it with Kalisto. Kalisto gets the upperhand and tags in Cara for some double kicks and a double team senton for a 2 count.
Blake tags back in and they hit a big double team neckbreaker on Cara for a 2 count. Blake stomps away on Cara in the corner now. Murphy comes back in for a 1 count. Kalisto comes in with a corkscrew crossbody and a big kick. Kalisto spikes Murphy on his head. Murphy counters Kalisto’s finisher. Kalisto with another 2 count after a powerbomb reversal. More back and forth with pin attempts. Cara and Blake come in to break pins. They tag out and we get several more counters and pin attempts. Cara hits a big powerbomb on Murphy for a 2 count. Kalisto gets kicked out to the floor. Murphy hits a big suplex after a tag and Blake follows up with a frogsplash for the win.
Winners: Blake and Murphy
– After the match, the champions celebrate but the screen is interrupted by the graphics for Solomon Crowe that say stay tuned until next week.
– We get a video for tonight’s #1 contender’s match.
#1 Contender’s Match: Finn Balor vs. Adrian Neville
We go to the ring and out comes Adrian Neville to a pop. Finn Balor is out next with his “demon” look, body paint and all. Balor makes his special entrance to a big pop.
Neville watches from the apron as Balor finishes up his entrance. Balor charges but Neville takes him down with a headlock. They get up and Neville drops him with a shoulder. Neville with anther headlock takedown. Neville keeps control until they go back and forth. Balor drops Neville with a shoulder but Neville jumps right back up as fans cheer. Balor ends up rolling through and hitting a dropkick. Neville rolls to the floor for a breather. Balor goes to dive out but Neville runs in. They run the ropes and Balor nails a dropkick. Neville goes back to the floor. Balor goes for another dive but Neville jumps on the apron and stops him. Neville with a springboard dropkick for a 2 count. Neville with another headlock.
More back and forth. They end up on the apron after Neville nails a dropkick as Balor goes for a springboard. Neville brings Balor back in with a big suplex and a 2 count. Neville keeps Balor grounded. Balor finally turns it around with an enziguri that sends Neville to the floor. Balor tries for a dive and nails it this time. Balor stalks around the ring and hits a big running dropkick, sending Neville through the barrier. Fans chant “holy shit” as Balor grabs Neville and brings him back in the ring. Balor goes to the top and hits a huge stomp to the back of the head for a 2 count.
Neville blocks the reverse DDT. Neville with kicks. Balor blocks a dropkick and hits the pele kick. Neville comes right back with a huge kick of his own as the pele didn’t connect all the way. Neville gets up first and grabs Balor but Balor fights out. Neville comes right back with a big German suplex. Neville with another German but he holds it for the 2 close 2 count. Neville gets frustrated now. Neville goes to the second rope for a corkscrew and nails it but Balor manages to kick out at 2. Neville with the running uppercut in the corner. Neville stuns Balor with a forearm shot. Neville runs but Balor drops him out of nowhere. Fans chant Finn’s name as he hits a big lariat. Balor hits the big reverse DDT but Neville kicks out at 2. Balor goes to the top but Neville crotches him. Neville with an enziguri. Neville brings him to the mat and goes up for Red Arrow. Balor gets up and Neville lands on his feet. Neville with a kick to the head. He goes back up for Red Arrow but Balor gets his knees up. Balor rolls Neville up for a close 2 count. Balor dropkicks Neville into the corner. Balor goes to the top and hits a stomp for the win and #1 contendership.
Winner and New #1 Contender: Finn Balor
– After the match, Neville and Balor end up shaking hands. We go to replays and come back to Balor celebrating as fans cheer.
– We get shots of Sasha Banks and Charlotte backstage getting ready for tonight’s Fatal 4 Way. We go to a video package for the match.
Fatal 4 Way for the NXT Women’s Title: Bayley vs. Sasha Banks vs. Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte
We go to the ring and Bayley is out first followed by Sasha Banks. Becky Lynch is out next. WWE NXT Women’s Champion Charlotte is out last. Lots of back and forth to start. They break a LED board at ringside. Becky takes Sasha out with a huge suplex after they both go for a pin. Becky ends up going at it with Bayley and putting her in a submission. Sasha comes in to break it up. Sasha and Becky go at it. Sasha takes her to the corner. Sasha goes for the double knee drop but it’s blocked. Becky with a big dropkick and a 2 count but Charlotte breaks it up. Charlotte with a nice neckbreaker on Becky. Charlotte keeps control and hits another neckbreaker on Sasha for a 2 count.
Charlotte takes control of Becky and goes for the pin but Sasha breaks it up. Sasha and Charlotte trade big shots now. Sasha blocks a move and Charlotte spears Becky. Bayley runs in for a double team move with Charlotte but gets sent back out. Charlotte ends up going into the ring post. Sasha hits a double knee in the corner on Becky and Charlotte at the same time. Sasha covers Charlotte for a 2 count and then covers Becky for 2. Another 2 count on Charlotte as Sasha screams in frustration. Bayley runs in with a suplex on Sasha. Bayley with four back elbows on Charlotte in the corner. Bayley takes Charlotte up for a hurricanrana and nails it as fans start chanting her name. Bayley hits her belly-to-belly suplex but Becky breaks the pin and pulls Bayley to the floor.
Bayley takes out Becky on the floor. Sasha leaps out onto both of them on the ramp. Fans chant NXT as Charlotte recovers by herself in the ring. Fans chant “this is wrestling” now. Charlotte dives out and takes out the other three Divas. Charlotte brings Becky back in the ring. Becky meets her with a big shot coming in the ring. Becky with an overhead suplex for a 2 count. Becky with uppercuts now. Becky takes Charlotte to the top. Sasha comes up on the apron but Bayley pulls her down. Bayley climbs in and hits a German on Becky. Bayley climbs up with Charlotte and hits her belly-to-belly from the top but Sasha breaks the pin. Sasha covers for a 2 count of her own. Sasha with the crossface on Charlotte. Sasha kicks Bayley and Becky off the apron and re-applies the hold. Charlotte crawls for the ropes but Sasha pulls her back. Sasha turns it into a backslide for the pin and the title.
Winner and New NXT Women’s Champion: Sasha Banks
– After the match, we go to replays. We come back to Charlotte and Sasha looking like they’re about to hug but Sasha pushes her away and goes back to dancing. Sasha celebrates as her music plays.
– We get a promo for tonight’s main event.
Grudge Match for the NXT Title: Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn
We see Kevin Owens backstage pacing and out he comes to the ring. WWE NXT Champion Sami Zayn is out next to a big pop as Owens looks on from the corner.
Fans chant “ole” as Sami wraps up his entrance. We get formal ring introductions from JoJo. Both of them get big pops and chants during the introductions. The bell rings and they stare at each other from their corners. Fans do the “ole” chant again. They look to lock up but Owens goes to the floor and fans boo. Owens takes his time before coming back to the apron but drops right back to the floor to stall some more.
Owens teases going in the ring one more time but doesn’t. This time Sami runs the ropes and leaps out, taking Owens out. Fans chant “holy shit” as Sami brings Owens back in and works him over. Sami with kicks and punches in the corner as the referee counts. Sami climbs up with right hands in the corner. Owens turns it around and drops Sami’s face into the turnbuckle. Owens with a big clothesline in the corner. Fans chant “fight Owens fight” as he stomps away. Owens with another big clothesline in the corner. Owens yells out to the fans and asks how is that. We get dueling chants as Owens whips Sami hard into the opposite corner. Owens nails a huge chop in the middle of the ring and covers for a 2 count.. Owens with another kick and some trash talking. Owens with forearm shots, knocking Sami down.
Owens with more offense, sending Sami back to the mat for a 2 count. Owens keeps Sami grounded now. Owens keeps control and slams Sami hard over the top rope for another 2 count. Owens keeps Sami down with another headlock. Owens with a back suplex for a pin attempt. They end up on the floor and Owens delivers big chops. Owens stands tall on the steps and slams Zayn in the apron. Owens strikes Sami and rolls back in to break the count. Owens drops Sami on the floor and brings him back in for a 2 count. Owens with more offense. Owens hits a big gutbuster and a senton for a 2 count. Sami finally comes back with a big clothesline. Sami fights back and sends Owens to the floor. Sami slams Owens head first into the steel steps. Sami with right hands on the floor. Sami breaks the count and goes back to work but Owens rolls him in. Sami rolls right back out and nails a clothesline.
They come back in and Owens hits a back elbow. Sami misses a shot but nails the Blue Thunder powerbomb for a 2 count. Sami runs but Owens nails a big superkick to the chin. Sami stumbles around and fall in the corner. Owens runs and hits the cannonball for a close 2 count. Owens drops Zayn’s neck over his knee for a close 2 count. Sami counters a powerbomb and hits a dropkick. Sami hits the half and half suplex for a close 2 count. Sami slams Owens head first into the turnbuckle. Owens counters a move and drops Sami’s neck over the top rope. Owens goes to the top but Sami cuts him off. Sami climbs up for a superplex but Owens fights him off and headbutts him to the mat. Owens goes for a swanton but Sami gets his knees up. Owens charges but Sami catches him with the exploder suplex into the turnbuckles. Sami misses the running kick as Owens rolls to the floor. Sami follows but Owens kicks him. Owens goes for a powerbomb on the floor but Sami jumps to the apron. Sami hits a springboard moonsault out onto Owens but smacks his own head on the steel.
They come back in the ring and Sami waits for Owens to get up in the corner. Sami is dazed and runs but Owens catches him in a powerbomb for a close 2 count. The referee keeps checking on Sami and Graves is talking about how he has a look in his eyes. Owens comes over and hits a bunch of big shots to the head, knocking Sami back down. Owens goes back to work on Sami and knocks him into the ropes with an uppercut. The referee backs Owens off and checks on Sami but Owens goes right back to beating on Sami’s face and head. Fans boo. A trainer comes over to check on Sami. Owens grabs Sami and powerbombs him. Owens nails another powerbomb but somehow Sami kicks out in time. Some fans look on shocked and worried. Trainers come in the ring to check on Sami now.
Owens pulls Sami back for two more powerbombs. Owens goes for one more as the trainers tell the referee to stop it. The referee pulls Sami away as fans boo. The referee ends up stopping the match due to Sami’s condition.
Winner and New WWE NXT Champion: Kevin Owens
– After the bell, the referee hands Owens the title and he begins his celebration as we get replays. Trainers check on Sami as Takeover goes off the air.