Welcome to WWE NXT.
We are at Full Sail University and your announcers are Percy Watson, Nigel McGuinness, and Mauro Ranallo.
Triple H makes his way to the ring and he has Goldie with him.
Hunter says he does not have to remind everyone how special this place is. The building and the environment. NXT is something special. Because it is here in this ring that dreams can become possibilities. For some people, the dream starts here in this ring. For others, it takes a long time. For others, it takes years scratching and clawing for the chance to step in this ring. The reality of it is, for every man and woman who steps into this ring, that dream can end at any moment.
Hunter says he was going to announce the main event of Takeover, an epic match, years in the making. A match between Johnny Gargano and NXT Men’s Champion Tommaso Ciampa. The truth is that reality has made that match an impossibility. For Tommaso Ciampa, the dream has been put on hold. Reality means that he will need neck surgery. He sits in a hospital with a neck brace on and he has had to relinquish the title.
Hunter says that when one dream ends, another dream begins. That dream begins tonight and continues for Johnny Gargano. He will move on to New York to fight for the title. Who will be his opponent? We will find out tonight when five men will step into the ring. Former champions Ricochet, Adam Cole, Aleister Black, the current North American Champion Vevleteen Dream, and the undefeated Matt Riddle.
Those five men will step into this ring with an opportunity to live their dream to go to Takeover and compete for the NXT Championship against Johnny Gargano. That match has to be decisive, so it will be two out of three falls. The winner of that match will walk out of New York and into the history books as the new NXT Champion.
Hunter puts the title belt on the announce table while Mauro talks about the match at Takeover. Nigel says that it is a seismic shift in the title picture.
We go outside the locker room and Kona Reeves emerges. Kona asks Cathy if she is checking him out. He is asked about the main event. He says the match will be alright. The Forgotten Sons walk out and they are asked about tonight’s main event. Wesley asks about their match next week. They mention that they are hoping Aleister or Ricochet win tonight because it will make things easier for them next week to win the Dusty Classic and then go on to beat the War Raiders.
We go to commercial.
We are back and we go to comments from the participants in the main event.
Ricochet says he did not come to NXT to be the highlight reel. Aleister Black says he walked through hell to get here, but that is just his life. Ricochet says it is every man for himself. They expect the best for each other. When they win the Dusty Classic, one of them will be doing double duty. Black says tonight is not about alliances, it is about the most important title in NXT. Everyone else will fade to black.
Velveteen Dream says with the title on the line, the biggest spotlight will be on. There is only one person deserving that spotlight. When the Dream wins it all, you can call him NXT’s first dual champion.
We go to footage of Tommaso Ciampa getting ready for surgery. He says he has been to Birmingham too many times over the last few years. The doctor mentions he has done three surgeries for Ciampa. He returned successfully but then he suffered the neck injury that just got worse over time. He is told that he could be paralyzed with the situation the way it currently is. They are going to take the pressure off the spinal column. They say it could take up to a year to recover. The doctor talks about the dedication that Ciampa has to show with the number of surgeries he has had.
We hear from Matt Riddle. He says he is stoked. He has been here long enough and he finally gets an opportunity for the NXT Championship. Nothing will change him or his undefeated streak. At Takeover, he will become the next NXT Champion, BRO.
Adam Cole says no one deserves the title more than him. Tonight, he fights four of NXT’s best and the winner gets a chance at the vacant NXT Title at the Barclays Center. He mentions he debuted two years ago in Brooklyn and he held the title over his head. This time, you will call him the NXT Champion.
Kairi Sane and Io Shirai are asked about the main event. Kairi says they are excited to see who will go to Takeover. They are asked about being part of the NXT Women’s Championship Match. Io says nothing can come between their friendship. May the best woman win. Kairi says both of them want the championship and they will fight each other if they have to.
Bianca Belair stops by and she says that neither of you deserve to be in the match. If Shayna had not interfered, she would have beaten Io. Bianca says she will have to run through both of you and become the next NXT Women’s Champion.
We go to commercial.
Match Number One: Adam Cole versus Matt Riddle versus Ricochet versus Aleister Black versus Velveteen Dream in a Number One Contender Match to Determine Who Faces Johnny Gargano for the Vacant NXT Men’s Championship
Cole kicks Black and punches Ricochet while Riddle goes after Dream on the floor. Dream sends Riddle into the guardrails. Cole pulls Ricochet to the floor and hits a forearm. Dream gets a near fall on Black. Dream sends Black into the corner but Black kicks Dream away and misses a double stomp. Black with a waist lock and Dream rolls through to get Black onto his shoulders. Black with a small package for a near fall. Cole trips Black and pulls him to the floor. Black with a round kick to the chest. Dream knocks Black off the apron. Ricochet kicks Dream and Ricochet with a handstand head scissors followed by a drop kick to send Dream to the floor.