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.
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.
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.
|Damian Priest (c) vs. Johnny Gargano||Singles match for the NXT North American Championship|
|Io Shirai (c) vs. Candice LeRae||Singles match for the NXT Women's Championship|
|Finn Bálor (c) vs. Kyle O'Reilly||Singles match for the NXT Championship|
|Kushida vs. Velveteen Dream||Singles match|
|Santos Escobar (c) vs. Isaiah "Swerve" Scott||Singles match for the NXT Cruiserweight Championship|
|Singles Match - North American Championship match||Johnny Gargano vs Damian Priest (c)||Damian Priest defeated Johnny Gargano via pinfall|
|Singles Match||Kushida vs Velveteen Dream||Kushida defeated Velveteen Dream via pinfall|
|Singles Match - NXT Cruiserweight Championship match||Isaiah "Swerve" Scott vs Santos Escobar (c)||Santos Escobar defeated Isaiah "Swerve" Scott via pinfall|
|Singles Match - NXT Women's Championship match||Candice LeRae vs Io Shirai (c)||Io Shirai defeated Candie LeRae via pinfall|
|Singles Match - NXT Championship match||Kyle O'Reilly vs Finn Balor (c)||Finn Balor defeated Kyle O'Reilly via pinfall|
Just like all other WWE events, NXT Takeover: 31 will stream live on the WWE Network.