NXT TakeOver: XXV

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NXT TakeOver: XXV
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Promotional poster featuring Johnny Gargano, Adam Cole, Shayna Baszler, and Io Shirai
PromotionWWE
Brand(s)NXT
DateJune 1, 2019
CityBridgeport, Connecticut
VenueWebster Bank Arena
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NXT TakeOver: XXV was a professional wrestling show and WWE Network event produced by WWE for their NXT brand. It took place on June 1, 2019, at the Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, Connecticut.[1] It was the twenty-fifth event under the NXT TakeOver chronology.

Seven matches were contested at the event, incuding two taped for the following week's episode of NXT. In the main event, Adam Cole defeated Johnny Gargano to win the NXT Championship. The undercard saw NXT Women's Champion Shayna Baszler and NXT North American Champion Velveteen Dream defeating Io Shirai and Tyler Breeze respectively to retain their titles, and Street Profits (Angelo Dawkins and Montez Ford) won the vacant NXT Tag Team Championship in a Fatal Four-Way Ladder match.

Production[edit]

Background[edit]

NXT TakeOver is a series of professional wrestling shows that began on May 29, 2014, as the WWE developmental territory NXT held their second WWE Network exclusive live broadcast billed as NXT TakeOver.[2] In subsequent months, the "TakeOver" moniker became the brand used by WWE for all of their NXT live specials.

Storylines[edit]

The card will include matches that result from scripted storylines, where wrestlers portray villains, heroes, or less distinguishable characters to build tension and culminate in a wrestling match or series of matches, with results predetermined by WWE's writers on the NXT brand.[3][4]. Storylines are produced on the NXT television program.

At NXT TakeOver: New York, Johnny Gargano defeated Adam Cole in a two-out-of-three falls match to win the vacant NXT Championship.[5] On the May 15, 2019, episode of NXT, a rematch between the two for the title was scheduled for TakeOver: XXV.[6]

During the 2019 WWE Superstar Shake-up, NXT Tag Team Champions The Viking Raiders (Erik and Ivar) were drafted to Raw.[7] They then voluntarily relinquished the titles on the May 1, 2019 taping of NXT (aired May 15), though had one final title defense against Street Profits (Angelo Dawkins and Montez Ford) that ended in disqualification after The Forgotten Sons (Wesley Blake and Steve Cutler) and Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch got involved.[6] A four-way tag team ladder match was later scheduled for TakeOver: XXV between Lorcan and Burch, Street Profits, The Forgotten Sons, and The Undisputed Era (Kyle O'Reilly and Bobby Fish).

Event[edit]

Other on-screen personnel
Role: Name:
English commentators Mauro Ranallo
Nigel McGuinness
Beth Phoenix
Ring announcer Alicia Taylor
Referees Drake Wuertz
Eddie Orengo
Darryl Sharma
Pre-show panel Charly Caruso
Sam Roberts
Pat McAfee

In the main event, Johnny Gargano defended the NXT Championship against Adam Cole. Gargano performed a "Garga-No-Escape" on Cole, but Cole ultimately escaped after targeting Gargano's injured knee. Cole performed a "Panama Sunrise" on Gargano, then performed a "Last Shot" to become the new NXT Champion. As the show closed, Cole, Kyle O'Reilly, Bobby Fish, and Roderick Strong stood in the middle of the ring as Cole celebrated his victory.

Reception[edit]

NXT TakeOver: XXV was met with highly positive reviews among fans and wrestling journalists. Larry Csonka of 411Mania gave the show and 8/10. He described the event by stating "To the surprise of absolutely no one, NXT TakeOver: XXV was another great TakeOver event with all four titles on the line a big moment for some stars that have been waiting for their chance on the big stage, and a new champion being crowned as the power in NXT shifts."[8]

Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter also praised the event with all the matches getting positive ratings. Rating out of a possible 5 stars, he awarded Matt Riddle vs. Roderick Strong and the NXT Tag Team Championship ladder matches 4.5 stars, the NXT North American Championship match of Velveteen Dream vs. Tyler Breeze 3.75 stars, the NXT Women's Championship match of Shayna Baszler vs. Io Shirai 4 stars and the NXT Championship match of Johnny Gargano vs. Adam Cole 5.25 stars, making it only the second WWE match Meltzer has given more than 5 stars.[9]

Results[edit]

{{Professional wrestling results table |times = [10] |future = no |match1 = Keith Lee defeated Kona Reeves |stip1 = Singles match[11] |time1 = N/A |regnxt1= yes |match2 = Mia Yim defeated Bianca Belair |stip2 = Singles match[11] |time2 = N/A |regnxt2= yes |match3 = Matt Riddle defeated Roderick Strong |stip3 = Singles match[12] |time3 = 14:45 |match4 = Street Profits (Angelo Dawkins and Montez Ford) defeated Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch, The Undisputed Era (Kyle O'Reilly and Bobby Fish), and The Forgotten Sons (Wesley Blake and Steve Cutler) |stip4 = Ladder match for the vacant NXT Tag Team Championship[13] |time4 = 21:30 |match5 = Tyler Breeze defeated {{Velveteen Dream]} (c)


|stip5 = Singles match for the NXT North American Championship[14] |time5 = 16:50 |match6 = Shayna Baszler (c) defeated Io Shirai by submission |stip6 = Singles match for the NXT Women's Championship[15] |time6 = 12:15 |match7 = Johnny Gargano(c) defeated Template:Adam Cole |stip7 = Singles match for the NXT Championship[16] |time7 = 32:00 }}

References[edit]

  1. ^ "NXT TakeOver: XXV tickets available today". WWE. May 6, 2019. Retrieved May 16, 2019.
  2. ^ Howell, Nolan (May 29, 2014). "Neville tops Kidd at NXT Takeover". canoe.ca. Retrieved September 21, 2017.
  3. ^ Grabianowski, Ed. "How Pro Wrestling Works". HowStuffWorks. Discovery Communications. Archived from the original on November 18, 2013. Retrieved March 5, 2012.
  4. ^ "Live & Televised Entertainment". WWE. Archived from the original on February 26, 2009. Retrieved March 21, 2012.
  5. ^ Powell, Jason. "4/5 Powell's NXT Takeover: New York live review – Johnny Gargano vs. Adam Cole in a best of three falls match for the vacant NXT Championship, Pete Dunne vs. Walter for the WWE UK Championship, Velveteen Dream vs. Matt Riddle for the NXT North American Title, NXT Women's Title four-way, NXT Tag Title match". Pro Wrestling Dot Net. Retrieved April 5, 2019.
  6. ^ a b Moore, John (May 15, 2019). "5/15 NXT TV results: Moore's live review of the Viking Raiders addressing their future as NXT Tag Champions, Kushida vs. Kona Reeves, Keith Lee vs. Cezar Bononi, Jessie vs. Vanessa Borne". Pro Wrestling Dot Net. Retrieved May 16, 2019.
  7. ^ Powell, Jason (April 15, 2019). "4/15 Powell's WWE Raw TV Review: The 2019 WWE Superstar Shakeup Night One". Pro Wrestling Dot Net. Retrieved April 15, 2019.
  8. ^ https://411mania.com/wrestling/csonkas-nxt-takeover-xxv-review/
  9. ^ https://www.iwnerd.com/dave-meltzer-star-ratings-nxt-takeover-xxv-25-2019/
  10. ^ Powell, Jason (June 1, 2019). "6/1 Powell's NXT Takeover: XXV live review – Johnny Gargano vs. Adam Cole for the NXT Championship, Shayna Baszler vs. Io Shirai for the NXT Women's Championship, Velveteen Dream vs. Tyler Breeze for the NXT North American Title, four-way ladder match for the vacant NXT Tag Titles, Matt Riddle vs. Roderick Strong". Pro Wrestling Dot Net. Retrieved June 1, 2019.
  11. ^ a b Powell, Jason (June 1, 2019). "NXT TV taping (spoilers): Full results of the matches taped for NXT television prior to NXT Takeover: XXV (spoilers)". Pro Wrestling Dot Net. Retrieved June 1, 2019.
  12. ^ Clapp, John (May 22, 2019). "Matt Riddle vs. Roderick Strong". WWE. Retrieved May 22, 2019.
  13. ^ "Danny Burch & Oney Lorcan vs. Street Profits vs. Undisputed ERA vs. Forgotten Sons (NXT Tag Team Championship Ladder Match)". WWE. May 22, 2019. Retrieved May 22, 2019.
  14. ^ Bristout, Ralph (May 22, 2019). "NXT North American Champion Velveteen Dream vs. Tyler Breeze". WWE. Retrieved May 22, 2019.
  15. ^ "NXT Women's Champion Shayna Baszler vs. Io Shirai". WWE. May 15, 2019. Retrieved May 16, 2019.
  16. ^ Bristout, Ralph (May 15, 2019). "NXT Champion Johnny Gargano vs. Adam Cole". WWE. Retrieved May 16, 2019.

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