Best NXT TakeOver Event

NXT TakeOver: New York is going down tonight, April 5th, 2019. We’ve compiled a list of all 23 previous TakeOver events and ranked them from worst to best.

So before the men and women of NXT steal the show at WrestleMania weekend, fire up the WWE Network and relive some of the best WWE-produced pay-per-view events of all time!





23NXT TakeOver: San Antonio

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Date: January 28, 2017

Main Event: Shinsuke Nakamura (c) vs. Bobby Roode for the NXT Championship


22NXT TakeOver: Fatal 4-Way

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Date: September 11, 2014

Main Event: Adrian Neville (c) vs. Tyler Breeze vs. Tyson Kidd vs. Sami Zayn for the NXT Championship


21NXT TakeOver: Unstoppable

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Date: May 20, 2015

Main Event: Kevin Owens (c) vs. Sami Zayn for the NXT Championship


20NXT TakeOver: The End

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Date: June 8, 2016

Main Event: Samoa Joe (c) vs. Finn Bálor for the NXT Championship in a Steel Cage Match


19NXT TakeOver: Rival

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Date: February 11, 2015

Main Event: Sami Zayn (c) vs. Kevin Owens for the NXT Championship


18NXT TakeOver

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Date: May 29, 2014

Main Event: Adrian Neville (c) vs. Tyson Kidd for the NXT Championship


17NXT TakeOver: Respect

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Date: October 7, 2015

Main Event: Bayley (c) vs. Sasha Banks in a 30-minute Iron Man Match for the NXT Championship


16NXT TakeOver: London

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Date: December 16, 2015

Main Event: Finn Bálor (c) vs. Samoa Joe for the NXT Championship


15NXT TakeOver: Orlando

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Date: April 1, 2017

Main Event: Bobby Roode (c) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura for the NXT Championship


14NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn II

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Date: August 20, 2016

Main Event: Samoa Joe (c) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura for the NXT Championship


13NXT TakeOver: Phoenix

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Date: January 26, 2019

Main Event: Tommaso Ciampa (c) vs. Johnny Gargano for the NXT Championship


12NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn

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Date: August 22, 2015

Main Event: Finn Bálor (c) vs. Kevin Owens in a Ladder Match for the NXT Championship


11NXT TakeOver: WarGames

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Date: November 18, 2017

Main Event: SAnitY vs. The Authors of Pain and Roderick Strong vs. Undisputed Era in a WarGames Match


10NXT TakeOver: Toronto

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Date: November 19, 2016

Main Event: Shinsuke Nakamura (c) vs. Samoa Joe for the NXT Championship


9NXT TakeOver: Philadelphia

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Date: January 27, 2018

Main Event: Andrade “Cien” Almas (c) vs. Johnny Gargano for the NXT Championship


8NXT TakeOver: Chicago II

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Date: June 16, 2018

Main Event: Tommaso Ciampa vs. Johnny Gargano in a Street Fight


7NXT TakeOver: R Evolution

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Date: December 11, 2014

Main Event: Adrian Neville (c) vs. Sami Zayn for the NXT Championship


6NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn IV

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Date: August 18, 2018

Main Event: Tommaso Ciampa (c) vs. Johnny Gargano in a Last Man Standing Match for the NXT Championship


5NXT TakeOver: Dallas

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Date: April 1, 2016

Main Event: Finn Bálor (c) vs. Samoa Joe for the NXT Championship

TakeOver: Dallas was made even more special by an electric crowd. Sure, all TakeOver events so far have had a hot crowd, but the energy in Dallas hasn’t been matched before or since.

Finn Bálor and Samoa Joe headlined the event, but Shinsuke Nakamura’s debut bout against Sami Zayn easily stole the show (and WrestleMania Weekend 2016).



4NXT TakeOver: Chicago

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Date: May 20, 2017

Main Event: The Authors of Pain (c) vs. DIY in a Ladder Match for the NXT Tag Team Championships

Most people remember the first TakeOver: Chicago show for what happened in the very last moments, but the rest of the show is worth talking about, too. Tyler Bate vs. Pete Dunne was especially memorable and went a long way in helping launch the NXT UK brand.



3NXT TakeOver: WarGames II

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Date: November 17, 2018

Main Event: Pete Dunne, War Raiders, and Ricochet vs. Undisputed Era in a WarGames Match

From top to bottom, WarGames II was one of the best shows of 2018. The last three matches in particular (Black/Gargano, Ciampa/Dream, and WarGames) stand out above the rest.



2NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn III

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Date: August 19, 2017

Main Event: Bobby Roode (c) vs. Drew McIntyre for the NXT Championship

The TakeOver: Brooklyn series has been absolutely fantastic. We’ve already gotten four incredible events so far, with this particular show being the best of the bunch (so far).



1NXT TakeOver: New Orleans

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Date: April 7, 2018

Main Event: Tommaso Ciampa vs. Johnny Gargano in an Unsanctioned Match

From a personally standpoint, this show goes head-to-head with WrestleMania 17 for our favorite WWE pay-per-view of all time. From the opening ladder match, to the Unsanctioned Match between Ciampa and Gargano, and everything in between, TakeOver: New Orleans is an all-time classic event.



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