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NXT TAKEOVER: 31

30 Sep 2020

WWE NXT TakeOver: 31 


NXT TakeOver: 31 is an upcoming professional wrestling show under WWE’s NXT brand and will emanate from the Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida on October 4, 2020. In terms of WWE PPV chronology, NXT TakeOver 31 will take place after WWE Clash of Champions and will be followed by NXT UK TakeOver: Dublin that will primarily feature the Superstars of the NXT UK brand. On the other hand, the last TakeOver event that took place was NXT TakeOver: XXX.


  1. Background
  2. NXT TakeOver: 31 Storyline
  3. NXT TakeOver: 31 Match Card
  4. NXT TakeOver: 31 Results
  5. How to watch NXT TakeOver: 31


NXT TakeOver: 31 


Background

 

The first TakeOver event took place on May 29, 2014 and since then the ‘TakeOver’ name became the primary choice for WWE to name all their subsequent NXT PPV events. Usually, NXT’s TakeOver events were named according to the city in which they were hosted but unfortunately due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Black and Gold brand’s premier PPV events have been taking place at the Full Sail University along with the weekly NXT episodes. At first, the shows took place with no audience, but in late May, the company began using trainees and other NXT Superstars to serve as the live audience behind walls of plexiglass, which was further expanded to friends and family members of the Superstars somewhere around June.

 

NXT TakeOver: 31 Storyline


The matches at NXT TakeOver: 31 will be based upon scripted storylines and like any other WWE event, the matches will have results predetermined by WWE's writers on the NXT brand. As of now, three matches have been confirmed for the show.

Karrion Kross defeated Keith Lee at TakeOver: XXX to become the NXT Champion but unfortunately, he had to relinquish the title on the very next episode of WWE NXT due to a legitimate shoulder injury. The vacant NXT Championship was then won by previous champion Finn Balor who defeated another previous NXT Champion Adam Cole on NXT: Super Tuesday II. On the September 23 episode of NXT, Kyle O’Reilly became the No. 1 contender for Balor’s NXT title by winning a gauntlet eliminator match and will face him at TakeOver: 31. 


Also, on the September 23 episode of the Black and Gold brand, General Manager William Regal announced that NXT North American Champion Damian Priest will defend his title at TakeOver: 31 against former North American Champion Johnny Gargano.

Candice LeRae won a battle royal on the September 23 episode of NXT to become the No. 1 contender to Io Shirai’s NXT Women’s Championship and will face her at TakeOver: 31.


Plus, tensions have been flaring between Velveteen Dream and Kushida after The Vainglorious One viciously attacked NXT’s resident Time Splitter for failing to win a Triple Threat match that involved him, Kushida, and Cameron Grimes on the August 12, 2020 episode of NXT. The weeks that followed, saw Kushida and Velveteen Dream interfering in each other’s matches and costing them their respective matches. Now, both of them will face each other at NXT TakeOver: 31 to settle the score.


NXT TakeOver: 31 Match Card


NXT TakeOver: 31 Match Card 


MatchesStipulations
Damian Priest (c) vs. Johnny GarganoSingles match for the NXT North American Championship
Io Shirai (c) vs. Candice LeRaeSingles match for the NXT Women's Championship
Finn Bálor (c) vs. Kyle O'ReillySingles match for the NXT Championship
Kushida vs. Velveteen DreamSingles match
Santos Escobar (c) vs. Isaiah "Swerve" ScottSingles match for the NXT Cruiserweight Championship


NXT TakeOver: 31 Results


StipulationsFightsResults
Singles Match - North American Championship matchJohnny Gargano vs Damian Priest (c)Damian Priest defeated Johnny Gargano via pinfall
Singles MatchKushida vs Velveteen DreamKushida defeated Velveteen Dream via pinfall
Singles Match - NXT Cruiserweight Championship matchIsaiah "Swerve" Scott vs Santos Escobar (c)Santos Escobar defeated Isaiah "Swerve" Scott via pinfall
Singles Match - NXT Women's Championship matchCandice LeRae vs Io Shirai (c)Io Shirai defeated Candie LeRae via pinfall
Singles Match - NXT Championship matchKyle O'Reilly vs Finn Balor (c)Finn Balor defeated Kyle O'Reilly via pinfall

How to watch NXT TakeOver: 31


Just like all other WWE events, NXT Takeover: 31 will stream live on the WWE Network.


3 interesting things that happened at NXT TakeOver: 31

3 interesting things that happened at NXT TakeOver: 31

Ranking every match from NXT TakeOver 31

Ranking every match from NXT TakeOver 31

Top 5 performers from NXT TakeOver 31 

Top 5 performers from NXT TakeOver 31 

5 things WWE got right at NXT TakeOver 31

5 things WWE got right at NXT TakeOver 31

5 surprising moments from NXT TakeOver 31

5 surprising moments from NXT TakeOver 31

5 Top WWE Superstars and their greatest NXT TakeOver performances

5 Top WWE Superstars and their greatest NXT TakeOver performances

WWE NXT TakeOver 31: Best and Worst – Multiple Superstars busted open in epic main event, former champion makes a surprise return (October 4th, 2020)

WWE NXT TakeOver 31: Best and Worst – Multiple Superstars busted open in epic main event, former champion makes a surprise return (October 4th, 2020)

Finn Balor on his way to the hospital following brutal NXT TakeOver 31 main event 

Finn Balor on his way to the hospital following brutal NXT TakeOver 31 main event 

NXT TakeOver 31 Results: Winners, Grades, and Video Highlights 

NXT TakeOver 31 Results: Winners, Grades, and Video Highlights 

Adam Cole attacked after Kyle O'Reilly vs. Finn Balor

Adam Cole attacked after Kyle O'Reilly vs. Finn Balor

Ember Moon revealed as mystery person behind NXT vignettes

Ember Moon revealed as mystery person behind NXT vignettes

Santos Escobar retains Cruiserweight Championship at NXT TakeOver 31 in controversial finish

Santos Escobar retains Cruiserweight Championship at NXT TakeOver 31 in controversial finish

Kushida defeats Velveteen Dream in debut TakeOver match

Kushida defeats Velveteen Dream in debut TakeOver match

Damian Priest retains NXT North American Championship at TakeOver 31

Damian Priest retains NXT North American Championship at TakeOver 31

WWE NXT TakeOver 31 Preview: Long-term feud set to end tonight, Injured Superstar to return and interfere in the main event? (October 4, 2020)

WWE NXT TakeOver 31 Preview: Long-term feud set to end tonight, Injured Superstar to return and interfere in the main event? (October 4, 2020)

Kushida makes statement ahead of NXT TakeOver 31 match

Kushida makes statement ahead of NXT TakeOver 31 match

NXT TakeOver 31: 5 possible finishes for Io Shirai vs. Candice LeRae

NXT TakeOver 31: 5 possible finishes for Io Shirai vs. Candice LeRae

Kyle O'Reilly reveals reaction to facing Finn Balor for the WWE NXT Championship

Kyle O'Reilly reveals reaction to facing Finn Balor for the WWE NXT Championship

NXT TakeOver 31: The long road to Kushida's debut at the prestige event

NXT TakeOver 31: The long road to Kushida's debut at the prestige event

5 Surprises for NXT TakeOver: 31 - Triple H makes a huge announcement, former NXT Champion makes a stunning return

5 Surprises for NXT TakeOver: 31 - Triple H makes a huge announcement, former NXT Champion makes a stunning return

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