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    NXT Takeover: 31 - Oct. 4th - Card & Discussion



    NXT Championship
    Finn Balor (c) vs Kyle O'Reilly




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    Finn Bálor defeated one member of The Undisputed ERA to win the NXT Championship for a second time. Now he’ll have to go through another to retain it.

    Bálor will defend the NXT Title against Kyle O’Reilly at NXT TakeOver 31.

    The Prince has reassumed his throne atop the black-and-gold brand after a grueling two-week marathon, first emerging from the first ever Fatal 4-Way 60-minute Iron Man Match in a tie with Adam Cole. Then, Bálor toppled the leader of The Undisputed ERA the next week in an unforgettable classic to once again capture NXT’s most prestigious prize.

    O’Reilly went through an arduous test of his own to emerge as the No. 1 Contender. The skilled martial artist survived four other men in the first-ever Gauntlet Eliminator Match to earn his chance at the title.

    As a three-time NXT Tag Team Champion, O’Reilly knows plenty about hoisting gold in NXT. But capturing his first singles championship without the rest of The Undisputed ERA — and doing so against one of the most accomplished Superstars in NXT history — will likely prove to be the greatest obstacle he has faced.

    Is Bálor’s reign only just beginning, or is O’Reilly poised to stun The Prince?

    Find out by tuning in to NXT TakeOver 31, streaming live Sunday, Oct. 4, at 7 ET/4 PT on the award-winning WWE Network.
    NXT Women's Championship
    Io Shirai (c) vs Candice LeRae



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    Candice LeRae is finally getting the opportunity she’s been eyeing: a chance at the NXT Women’s Title.

    The Poison Pixie is set to go one-on-one with Io Shirai for her championship at NXT TakeOver 31.

    Since undergoing a drastic change in attitude earlier this year, LeRae has repeatedly decried being “passed up” by other adversaries for the opportunities she believes she deserves.

    After winning a Battle Royal on NXT by last eliminating Shotzi Blackheart to earn this match, it will be put up or shut up time for LeRae against Shirai.

    The Genius of the Sky has been unshakable since defeating Charlotte Flair and Rhea Ripley to reach the top of NXT, turning aside worthy challenges from the likes of Dakota Kai and Tegan Nox.

    But in LeRae, she finds an opponent as experienced as she has ever faced — not to mention one who’s likely willing to go to any length to achieve victory. LeRae demonstrated that prior to the Battle Royal when she ruthlessly attacked Nox's surgically repaired knee backstage.

    Will LeRae prove she was right all along? Or will Shirai continue her dominant run as champion? Find out at NXT TakeOver 31, streaming live Sunday, Oct. 4, at 7 ET/4 PT on the award-winning WWE Network!
    NXT North American Championship
    Damian Preist (c) vs Johnny Gargano



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    Damian Priest wants to live in infamy as NXT North American Champion, but he’ll have to defeat one of the black-and-gold brand’s most decorated Superstars in Johnny Gargano to keep his hands on the title.

    William Regal announced on social media that The Archer of Infamy will battle Johnny Wrestling for the title at NXT TakeOver 31 on Sunday, Oct. 4.

    Gargano has been vocal about his and his wife Candice LeRae’s plans to bring gold back to the Gargano household. Priest, on the other hand, is fresh off his first successful title defense after a grueling victory over Timothy Thatcher. The first-time champion captured the title in a jaw-dropping NXT North American Title Ladder Match at NXT TakeOver XXX. In the critical moment of that match, Priest and Gargano found themselves atop the ladder. Gargano seemed destined for gold as he unhooked the title, but Priest held firm and knocked Johnny Wrestling from the ladder to secure the victory.

    Can Gargano get the better of Priest in a one-on-one battle? Or will Priest be ready for another infamous TakeOver title celebration?

    Don’t miss NXT TakeOver 31, streaming on Oct. 4 at 7 ET/4 PT on the award-winning WWE Network!
    KUSHIDA vs Velveteen Dream



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    The Velveteen Dream has shown a new penchant for viciousness since his return. Along the way, he’s made an enemy of Kushida, prompting previously unseen aggression from NXT’s resident Time Splitter in turn.

    Will Kushida make Dream regret it when they square off at NXT TakeOver 31?

    His Purple Highness made a surprise return to the black-and-gold brand last month but came up short in a Triple Threat Match involving Kushida and Cameron Grimes. Dream took out his frustrations with a post-match assault.

    Kushida returned with force, attacking Velveteen Dream weeks later and putting him on the NXT Injury Report thanks to a brutal rope-assisted cross armbreaker. He also showed an all-business attitude while defeating Austin Theory in short order.

    Then, Dream took an already flammable situation and dumped gasoline all over it when he cost Kushida a potential NXT Title opportunity. Interfering in the first-ever Gauntlet Eliminator Match, Dream spiked Kushida with a Dream Valley Driver that led to his elimination.

    Now, Kushida gets a chance at payback. Will NXT’s Time Splitter seize the opportunity, or will it be Dream over?

    Find out at NXT TakeOver 31, streaming live Sunday, Oct. 4, at 7 ET/4 PT on the award-winning WWE Network!


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    Isaiah “Swerve” Scott is the only man to defeat Santos Escobar since Escobar’s arrival in NXT. Can “Swerve” topple the leader of Legado del Fantasma for the third time at NXT TakeOver 31 and become NXT Cruiserweight Champion?

    Scott defeated the then-masked Escobar during the NXT Cruiserweight Title Tournament and later pinned him in a Six-Man Street Fight alongside Breezango against Legado del Fantasma.

    But when the time came for Scott’s first title opportunity, Escobar headbutted him while wearing what appeared to be a loaded lucha mask to retain his championship.

    With the benefit of a second chance, will Scott make the NXT Cruiserweight division “Swerve’s house,” or will Escobar’s reign continue?

    Be sure to tune in to NXT this Wednesday night as we'll hear from both the champion and the challenger ahead of their clash. And don’t miss NXT TakeOver 31, streaming live Sunday, Oct. 4, at 7 ET/4 PT on the award-winning WWE Network!
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    Re: NXT Takeover: 31 - Oct. 4th - Card & Discussion

    Strongest looking Takeover show for a while. Every match should deliver.

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    Re: NXT Takeover: 31 - Oct. 4th - Card & Discussion

    Should be good looking forward to Gargano/Preist

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    Re: NXT Takeover: 31 - Oct. 4th - Card & Discussion

    CGS what time GMT?
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    Re: NXT Takeover: 31 - Oct. 4th - Card & Discussion

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    CGS what time GMT?
    Main show starts at midnight

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    Re: NXT Takeover: 31 - Oct. 4th - Card & Discussion

    Any idea why this random TakeOver is on a traditional PPV?

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    Re: NXT Takeover: 31 - Oct. 4th - Card & Discussion

    I think Kool Kyle has a real shot.

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    Re: NXT Takeover: 31 - Oct. 4th - Card & Discussion

    The new set up is solid. Still a little overly gaudy, like the Thunderdome is, but still decent. At least they got real people in there too.

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    Re: NXT Takeover: 31 - Oct. 4th - Card & Discussion

    They definitely hit the right notes with that opener. Solid, high impact action to get you invested for the rest of the night. Big win for Priest too.

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    Re: NXT Takeover: 31 - Oct. 4th - Card & Discussion

    Kinda looks the same as before only with the distracting thunderdome crowd.

    Opening blew. So much happened and yet nothing seemed to land like they wanted. The set-up for Preist's Chokeslam had so many moves and additional set ups, it was so bizzare. And the match was filed with those little movements that distracted from what they were trying to do.

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    Dream dressed up as an old man that hangs around with a teenage boy. Why did trips approve this.
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    Re: NXT Takeover: 31 - Oct. 4th - Card & Discussion

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    Dream dressed up as an old man that hangs around with a teenage boy. Why did trips approve this.

    Trips also just downplayed his grooming and pedophilia as "immaturity".

    Not a good look lol
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    That is not Barrett and Beth on the commentary desk
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    Re: NXT Takeover: 31 - Oct. 4th - Card & Discussion

    Santos Escobar's gimmick change gotta rank up there as one of the biggest improvements in terms of look, presentation and intrigue level ever.

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    Re: NXT Takeover: 31 - Oct. 4th - Card & Discussion

    I thought they fired Dream?

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    Loved Escobar v Swerve. Escobar has so much to him. It's super compelling to watch.

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    Re: NXT Takeover: 31 - Oct. 4th - Card & Discussion

    Io Shirai really... honestly... could be WWE's best women's wrestler.

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