Survivor Series 2016 takes place in Toronto on Sunday night, but another major WWE event is scheduled just 24 hours prior in the same arena. NXT TakeOver: Toronto will get underway at 8 p.m. EST on Saturday at the Air Canada Centre, featuring three championship matches.
It’s the first time that an NXT event will precede Survivor Series, and it definitely won’t be the last. Starting with WrestleMania 33 in April, there will be an NXT event on the weekend of every “Big Four” pay-per-view. WWE’s new model means that NXT, “Monday Night Raw” and “SmackDown” will accompany Survivor Series, WrestleMania, SummerSlam and Royal Rumble.
NXT TakeOver: Toronto can be seen exclusively on WWE Network. A subscription to the network costs $9.99 per month. New subscribers, however, can watch the event with a complimentary live stream online since they get their first month of network service for free.
Below is the entire card, as well as predictions for each match.
NXT Champion Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Samoa Joe
It’s time for Samoa Joe to leave NXT and head to WWE’s main roster, giving him little chance to defeat Nakamura. Nakamura has taken over as the face of NXT, and he could hold the belt until at least the weekend of WrestleMania 33.
Prediction: Shinsuke Nakamura
NXT Women’s Champion Asuka vs. Mickie James
Considering James is almost certain not to become a regular on NXT, Asuka will retain the belt. It’s been six years since James had a match in WWE, and if she did return to the company on a full-time basis, it would be on WWE’s main roster. Asuka should remain undefeated until at least the Royal Rumble.
NXT Tag Team Champions The Revival vs. #DIY (2-out-of-3 Falls Match)
Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa have been feuding with The Revival for months, and it’s time that they finally get the better of their rivals. As the only ever two-time tag team champions in NXT, Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder no longer need the belts, and their time as members of the main roster might be coming up shortly.
TM61 vs. The Authors of Pain (Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Final)
The Authors of Pain have been indestructible since they made their debut in the summer, and they are likely to win the second Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic. A victory for them could make them the future No. 1 contenders for Gargano and Ciampa’s tag team titles.
Prediction: The Authors of Pain
Tye Dillinger vs. Bobby Roode
In his few months with NXT, Bobby Roode has quickly become one of the promotion’s top stars. He’ll likely be headed to WWE’s main roster soon enough, no matter the result on Saturday, and a victory for Dillinger would help elevate him to a new level in NXT.
Prediction: Tye Dillinger