NXT Takeover: The End Results and Reaction
Here are your quick and dirty, editorial-free NXT TakeOver: The End results for the June 8, 2016, WWE Network live special. The show was headlined by a cage match for the NXT Championship, as well as Tag Team and Women’s Championship matches.
Be back here tomorrow for the full Best and Worst of NXT TakeOver: The End column.
NXT TakeOver: The End Results:
1. Andrade “Cien” Almas defeated Tye Dillinger. The debuting Almas won by pinfall after running knees to a seated Dillinger in the corner.
2. NXT Tag Team Championship Match: The Revival defeated American Alpha (c). The Revival pinned Jason Jordan after a Shatter Machine to become the first 2-time NXT Tag Team Champions. After the match, American Alpha were attacked by the debuting Selmani and Dhinsa, aka “The Authors of Pain.” Legendary manager Paul Ellering joined Selmani and Dhinsa after the attack.
3. Shinsuke Nakamura defeated Austin Aries. Nakamura pinned Aries after a Kinshasa.
4. NXT Women’s Championship Match: Asuka (c) defeated Nia Jax. Asuka retained the championship after a series of kicks, followed by a running kick.
5. Steel Cage Match for the NXT Championship: Samoa Joe (c) defeated Finn Balor. Finn tried to escape the cage, but Joe was able to pull him down and hit a Muscle Buster off the second rope to retain the championship.
The NXT Takeover specials on WWE Network have set some lofty expectations for themselves. By no means was NXT Takerover: The End a bad show. It did fall short of previous specials, however. These just shows the expectation that has been set because a very good show almost feels like a disappointment. It should also be noted that when the special came on the air the tagline of the show had been changed to “The End of the Beginning”. I think it’s clear some major changes are coming to NXT with the brand split coming. I’m guessing a large portion of the performers from last evening’s show will end up on either RAW or Smackdown come July. It certainly felt like a farewell for Finn Balor. We’ll have to keep a close eye on this evening’s television tapings to see who does and most importantly doesn’t appear. We should note though that all of these episodes would air before the WWE draft.