WWE NXT TakeOver 31 Results, Viewing Party & More


Welcome to the live results watch page for WWE NXT TAKEOVER 31 pay-per-view!

The event is scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. ET with the pre-show, followed by the main show starting at 7 p.m, all hailing from the brand new Capitol Wrestling Center (formerly the WWE Performance Center).

Follow along here throughout the show for the results of each match as well as my personal thoughts on everything throughout the night down after the separation bar.

Keep refreshing for new updates, check out the quick results at the top of the page for the winners and chat it up with everyone in the comments as the show goes on!

Quick Hits Results:

  • NXT North American Championship Match: Damian Priest (c) defeated Johnny Gargano by pinfall.
  • Kushida defeated Velveteen Dream by submission.
  • NXT Cruiserweight Championship Match: Santos Escobar (c) defeated Isaiah “Swerve” Scott by pinfall.
  • NXT Women’s Championship Match: Io Shirai (c) defeated Candice LeRae by pinfall.
  • NXT Championship Match: Finn Balor (c) defeated Kyle O’Reilly by pinfall.

Author’s POV, Running Commentary & Thoughts:


  • Rhea Ripley wants the winner of Io Shirai vs. Candice LeRae. I think that’s a mistake. Nothing she does with NXT can make up for losing the title to Charlotte Flair at WrestleMania. That’s especially true if she loses against Io/Candice. I think she needs to go to Raw or SmackDown and move on from the NXT title. She’s already lost so much momentum over the past few months. Let’s give her a fresh start.

North American Championship Match

  • First look at the Capitol Wrestling Center. This looks pretty sweet, all things considered. I’m of the opinion it’s a mistake to bring fans back to a closed arena, but maybe it’ll be better than the way we were having the Performance Center shows before. Let’s see once the action starts if it’s just the same with a slight face lift or if it has a truly different feel.
  • Gargano is one of the few guys I trust to do a suicide dive without getting injured.
  • Nice Razor’s Edge onto the apron. Simple, but effective.
  • Now that I’ve seen some action in this environment, I think it’s about as good as WWE could have it be right now. The ThunderDome screens help fill it out and make it a little less dark (still too dark for my tastes, though) and the live crowd making noise helps out with the fake feel of it.
  • Thumbs up on Priest jumping to the outside, taking out the security and Gargano using that time to low-blow him. Nice series of stuff there with a solid flip from Priest to start it all off. Even better that it was a kick out, as I thought that was the end of the match. They got me.
  • Oh hey, Priest retains. There goes my theory that both Garganos will walk out with the titles. I guess that’s typical WWE for you, booking them strong before the show so they lose and it’s a 50/50 type of thing. But I like Priest, too, so I’m not mad at that at all. Good match!

Kushida vs Velveteen Dream

  • I certainly didn’t expect this match to start with Kushida jumping the gun and chairs to be involved, nor both of them to wrestle in jeans.
  • One thing’s for sure. Dream never looks the same in his appearances. Today, he’s been electrocuted or his hair has been replaced by a dust wand. Nice Back to the Future tie-in.
  • Nice move dropkicking the steps with VD’s arm caught between it. I liked that.
  • Oh hey, VD tapped. I didn’t think he would. I figured he had a good chance of winning, but if he were to lose, it would be a pinfall. Not opposed to Kushida getting a win like this by any means.
  • After the match, Kushida kept going after Velveteen Dream. I wonder if they’re going to reverse the decision. They haven’t done that in a while. Nope. I guess it’s just a way to make Kushida look stronger.

Oh sweet. Halloween Havoc is being brought back! I’ve been saying WWE should do this for years.

NXT Cruiserweight Championship Match

  • Santos Escobar has some cool ring attire going on while he heads to the ring.
  • Not too much to talk about here. It’s a decent match, but nothing is standing out to me. We’ve already seen them fight and I don’t think they’re doing anything particularly interesting.
  • What’s up with that shoulder breaker? That was awful.
  • Wow. That hurricanrana off the ropes to the outside was sweet, though.
  • Oh hey, I guess they’ve decided Ashante “Thee” Adonis is officially a babyface instead of going back and forth between heel/face.

NXT Women’s Championship Match

  • Not a whole lot to say about this, too. It’s been good.
  • The referee being inadvertently struck by Candice isn’t something I saw coming.
  • Ha. Ref takes a bump from Io. This guy’s not having a good day.
  • Big fan of Johnny Gargano trying to throw on a referee shirt and do a fast count. I don’t think that would’ve been valid anyway, but it was a funny moment.
  • Oh damn! Shirai kicks out of the title belt shot, too. They got me there, again.
  • After the match, Toni Storm pops up on the screen to say she’s back in NXT.
  • Then, we see that the former champion who is returning to NXT is Ember Moon.
  • Further proof Rhea Ripley shouldn’t be bothered with the NXT Women’s Championship, right?

NXT Championship Match

  • Yessssssssss we got the heartbeat thing with Finn Balor walking to the ring. I looooove that sound.
  • As expected, these guys are working well together.
  • O’Reilly bleeding from the mouth helps the mood of this match quite a bit. Any time someone’s bleeding, it makes them seem like they’re having a tougher fight.
  • Very good match. Not Match of the Year in my mind, but still a damn good match. I’m glad O’Reilly wasn’t punked out.
  • After the match, Ridge Holland appeared behind the barricade and dumped Adam Cole’s body toward the ring. What’s that all about?

Check out the Smark Out Moment Smack Talk YouTube channel for my post-show podcast review of this event in more detail!

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