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Fans chant, enjoy NXT TakeOver: The End of The Beginning

The crowd erupts with chants of “10” as The Perfect Tye Dillinger enters the ring during NXT TakeOver: The End on Wednesday, June 8 live on WWE Network from Full Sail Live at Full Sail University in Winter Park, near Orlando. Dillinger worked a very good match with the debuting Andrade ‘Cien’ Almas.
The crowd erupts with chants of “10” as The Perfect Tye Dillinger enters the ring during NXT TakeOver: The End on Wednesday, June 8 live on WWE Network from Full Sail Live at Full Sail University in Winter Park, near Orlando. Dillinger worked a very good match with the debuting Andrade ‘Cien’ Almas. Photo By Jim Varsallone

NXT TakeOver: The End represented the end of the beginning of NXT, which continues to develop and grow into its own white hot brand.

Those who started the NXT phenomenon -- like Enzo Amore, Jason Ayers, Sasha Banks, Tyler Breeze, Dana Brooke, Big Cass Colin Cassady, Charlotte, Apollo Crews, Bo Dallas, Big E, Emma, Aiden English, Simon Gotch, Konnor, Lana, Becky Lynch, Neville, Kevin Owens, Paige, Summer Rae, Rusev, Viktor, Xavier Woods, Sami Zayn -- are on the main roster

Now it’s time for the next group to step up, and they are.

On Wednesday, June 8, at Full Sail Live, before a very amp’d crowd, NXT delivered another action-packed, crowd-pleasing NXT TakeOver special, broadcast live on WWE Network.

Not Your Average Joe

Samoa Joe successfully defended the NXT title by beating fan favorite, face-painted Finn Balor in the main event in NXT’s first steel cage match.

Fans chants: “Let’s Go Finn...Joe” “This Is Awesome” “Thank You Finn” “See You Monday” “Maybe Tuesday”

NXT Senior Referee Shawn Bennett worked inside the steel structure, and ref Drake Wuertz manned the outside.

Asuka Rules

Asuka also successfully defended her NXT women’s title over Nia Jax.

Fan chants: “Asuka, Asuka, Asuka” “Nia” “We Want Eva; No We Don’t” “Asuka City”

Your referee Danilo Anfibio.

No Flips, Just Fists And Gold

In an stellar tag team battle, The Revival (Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder) regained the NXT tag team titles by beating the fan favorite American Alpha (Chad Gable and Jason Jordan). American Alpha showed their inner Steiner Brothers at one point during the match. Afterward, a commando tandem attacked American Alpha while a Paul Ellering look-a-like stood stoic atop the rampway.

(Update: That was Precious Paul Ellering - sans Wall Street Journal)

Fan chants: “Alpha, Alpha, Alpha” “Gable” (like Kurt Angle chants) “Jordan” Let’s Go Gable” “This Is Awesome” “Yea” (to the music after Revival wins) “Who Are You?” (after the commandos attack)

Accompanied by Christian Abbate and Brett Kaplan, WWE superfan Tye Dye Guy stood, held up two fingers and pointed on a two-count. Your referee Danilo Anfibio.

Living The Dream

In a dream matchup, Shinsuke Nakamura defeated Austin Aries.

The crowd hummed Nakamura’s entrance music before and during the match.

Other fan chants: “Nakamua” “Austin Aries” “Shinsuke Bomaye” “NXT” “No, No, No” “This Is Awesome” “Boo-Yea” “Holy (Bleep)” “1-2-3”

Your referee Drake Wuertz.

Almas Perfect 10 Debut

Andrade ‘Cien’ Almas (formerly La Sombra) made his NXT television debut by beating the Perfect 10 Tye Dillinger. Really good opening matchup. The audience was into both, making it even better.

Fan chants: “10” “dos, dos, dos” “N-XT, N-XT, N-XT”

Your referee Eddie Orengo.


What NXT Fans Are Saying

Nick traveled from Port Charlotte to see his first NXT show live. He is a fan of Finn Balor and Samoa Joe.

“I like NXT because they are bringing in a lot of indie talent.”

Derek drove a couple of hours from Jacksonville to also attend his first live NXT show.

“NXT is a happening in Orlando, and a lot of people come here for this.

“You don’t get as many casual fans like for WWE. With NXT, you get older fans, who are invested in it.”

Miasha of Palm Bay and her friend, Shaura, of Gainesville, have attended many NXT shows, and they are big fans of Finn Balor.

“He has this silent presence, mysterious. We love everything about him. His athleticism, his look, everything. He just has this charisma... like Nakamura.”

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5 More Minutes

WWE Executive Vice President of Talent, Live Events, & Creative Paul Triple H Levesque said during a conference call on Tuesday: “There has been a lot of talk about the name of this TakeOver ‘The End.’ It has a lot of meanings, and I think you’ll see that [June 8] as well.”

We did. NXT TakeOver: The End of The Beginning

Levesque said: “When Samoa Joe and Finn Balor step in the ring for the first time in NXT history inside a steel cage, I think you can expect it to be the end.”

Levesque also noted NXT conducts TV tapings at Full Sail Live on Thursday, June 9, before an exciting UK Tour.

Levesque said: “Everybody [in NXT] is heading over to the UK, including myself, for the Download Festival, which is one of the biggest [rock] music festivals in the world, and then we’re going to continue to hit the UK, the other side, so to speak, that we didn’t hit the first time.

“We have June 13 in Belfast; June 14 in Dublin, Ireland; June 15 in Liverpool; June 16 in Bournemouth; and June 17 in Plymouth.

“If you haven’t seen NXT live, you can go online; you can look at the social media chatter. I would highly recommend you do that. I feel like there is no better show, no experience like it. NXT brings something totally different to the table and brings an energy that few things can deliver.”

Tickets for the Download Festival are available at


Tickets for the rest of NXT’s tour of the U.K. and Ireland are also available.

Visit Ticketmaster.co.uk and Ticketmaster.ie for more information.

In late June starts the Cruiserweight Classic spectacular.

Levesque said: “We have 32 of the best cruiserweights from around the world coming into Orlando to compete in what I feel will be the premiere cruiserweight tournament ever and find out who the best in the world is in the under 205-pound division. When you bring in some of the names who we’re bringing in, I think this is going to be just an unbelievable opportunity over 10 weeks to see some amazing, amazing performers.

“We’ll be having some announcements coming up of who those performers will be. There’s going to be a lot of surprises. This show will be something like you’ve never seen come out of WWE or NXT, even in the way it’s presented. The commentary team, all of it. It’s going to be something totally different, and I’m really, really excited about it.”

Recently announced: NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn is Saturday, Aug. 20 at the Barclays Center, the night before WWE SummerSlam at the same venue.

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