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NXT TakeOver: Vengeance Day was a professional wrestling pay-per-view and WWE Network event, produced by WWE for their NXT brand division. It took place on February 14, 2021, and was broadcast from the Capitol Wrestling Center, hosted at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida. It was the 33rd NXT TakeOver event.

Production

Background

TakeOver is a series of professional wrestling shows that began on May 29, 2014 as WWE's NXT brand held their second WWE Network-exclusive live broadcast, billed as TakeOver. In subsequent months, the "TakeOver" moniker became the brand used by WWE for all of their NXT live WWE Network specials.

Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, WWE's NXT events had to be presented from a behind closed doors set at NXT's home base of Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida since mid-March 2020; WWE's programming for Raw and SmackDown were also done in this manner but at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida, before moving to Orlando's Amway Center in August in a setup dubbed the WWE ThunderDome (which was relocated to Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida in December). In October, it was announced that beginning with TakeOver 31, NXT would be moving their events to the Performance Center, which would feature the "Capitol Wrestling Center" setup, an homage to the Capitol Wrestling Corporation, the predecessor to WWE. Like the ThunderDome for Raw and SmackDown, LED boards were placed around the Performance Center so that fans could attend virtually, while additionally, friends and family members of the wrestlers were in attendance, along with a limited number of actual live fans, divided from each other by plexiglass walls.

Storylines

The show included matches that resulted from scripted storylines, where wrestlers portray heroes, villains, or less distinguishable characters to build tension and culminate in a wrestling match or series of matches. Results are predetermined by WWE's writers on the NXT brand, while storylines are produced on their weekly television program, NXT.

On the February 3 episode of NXT, Pete Dunne demanded NXT Champion Finn Bálor give him a title match. Bálor then came to the ring and told Dunne he would get his match at Vengeance Day. Men's Royal Rumble winner Edge then came to the ring. He spoke about how seeing the drive, passion, and focus on wrestling in NXT helped motivate him to make his comeback. He said he had never held the NXT Championship and told Bálor and Dunne that he would be watching their match at Vengeance Day, and regardless of who won, it may help him decide which world championship he would challenge for at WrestleMania 37.

In January 2021, the sixth Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic was announced, and for the first time, a women's version was also announced. The finals of both the men's and women's tournaments were scheduled for Vengeance Day.

Match Preview

Io Shirai vs. Toni Storm vs. Mercedes Martinez Preview
Finn Bálor vs. Pete Dunne Preview
Johnny Gargano vs. Kushida Preview
Dakota Kai & Raquel González vs. Ember Moon & Shotzi Blackheart Preview
MSK vs. Grizzled Young Veterans Preview

Results

Numbers in parentheses indicate the length of the match.
(c) refers to the champion(s) heading into the match.

Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic bracket

Men's

  First Round
NXT and 205 Live
(January 13–)
Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
                                     
 The Undisputed Era
(Adam Cole & Roderick Strong)
11:57  
 Breezango
(Tyler Breeze & Fandango)
Pin  
   The Undisputed Era
(Adam Cole & Roderick Strong)
17:05  
   Tommaso Ciampa & Timothy Thatcher Pin  
 Tony Nese & Ariya Daivari
 Tommaso Ciampa & Timothy Thatcher Pin  
   Tommaso Ciampa & Timothy Thatcher 11:37  
   Grizzled Young Veterans
(James Drake & Zack Gibson)
Pin  
 Kushida & Leon Ruff 14:46  
 The Way (Johnny Gargano & Austin Theory) Pin  
   Kushida & Leon Ruff 9:51
   Grizzled Young Veterans
(James Drake & Zack Gibson)
Pin  
 Ever-Rise
(Chase Parker & Matt Martel)
7:58
 Grizzled Young Veterans
(James Drake & Zack Gibson)
Pin  
   Grizzled Young Veterans
(James Drake & Zack Gibson)
18:28
   MSK (Nash Carter & Wes Lee) Pin
 MSK (Nash Carter & Wes Lee)  
 Isaiah Scott & Jake Atlas  
   MSK (Nash Carter & Wes Lee) 11:04
   Drake Maverick & Killian Dain Pin  
 Drake Maverick & Killian Dain 10:01
 August Grey & Curt Stallion Pin  
   MSK (Nash Carter & Wes Lee) 9:34
   Legado Del Fantasma (Joaquin Wilde & Raul Mendoza) Pin  
 Imperium (Fabian Aichner & Marcel Barthel) 9:54  
 Lucha House Party (Gran Metalik & Lince Dorado) Pin  
   Lucha House Party (Gran Metalik & Lince Dorado) 6:23
   Legado Del Fantasma (Joaquin Wilde & Raul Mendoza) Pin  
 Legado Del Fantasma (Joaquin Wilde & Raul Mendoza) 9:45
 The Bollywood Boyz (Samir Singh & Sunil Singh) Pin  

† After Ashante Adonis & Desmond Troy suffered storyline injuries at the hands of Karrion Kross, they were replaced in the tournament by Tommaso Ciampa & Timothy Thatcher.

Women's

  Quarterfinals
NXT and 205 Live
(January 20–January 29)
Semifinals
NXT
(February 3–February 10)
Final
NXT TakeOver: Vengeance Day
(February 14)
                           
   Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell Pin  
 Gigi Dolin & Cora Jade 5:56  
   Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell Pin  
   Shotzi Blackheart & Ember Moon 14:19  
 Shotzi Blackheart & Ember Moon Sub
   Marina Shafir & Zoey Stark 8:45  
     Shotzi Blackheart & Ember Moon Pin
   Dakota Kai & Raquel González 17:40
   Mercedes Martinez & Toni Storm Pin  
 Kacy Catanzaro & Kayden Carter 9:27  
   Kacy Catanzaro & Kayden Carter Pin
   Dakota Kai & Raquel González 13:01  
 Aliyah & Jessi Kamea Pin
   Dakota Kai & Raquel González 5:56  

Other on-screen talent

Commentators
Interviewer
Pre-show Panel
Ring announcer
Referees

See also

External links

NXT TakeOver: Vengeance Day previews

Triple Threat MatchFinn Bálor v Pete DunneJohnny Gargano v KushidaDakota Kai & Raquel González v Ember Moon & Shotzi BlackheartMSK v Grizzled Young Veterans

NXT Takeover

TakeoverFatal 4-WayR EvolutionRivalUnstoppableBrooklynRespectDallasThe EndBack to BrooklynTorontoSan AntonioOrlandoNXT TakeOver: ChicagoBrooklyn IIIWarGamesPhiladelphiaNew OrleansChicago IIBrooklyn IVWarGames IIPhoenixNew YorkXXVToronto IIWarGames IIIPortlandTampa BayTakeOver: In Your HouseXXXXXXIWarGames IVXXXIIIVengeance DayStand & DeliverNXT TakeOver 36

2021 NXT pay-per-views

TakeOver: Vengeance DayTakeOver: Stand & DeliverTakeOver: In Your HouseNXT TakeOver 36

2021 World Wrestling Entertainment pay-per-views

Royal RumbleTakeOver: Vengeance DayElimination ChamberFastlaneTakeOver: Stand & DeliverWrestleMania 37WrestleMania BacklashNXT: In Your HouseHell in a CellMoney in the BankSummerSlamTakeOver 36Extreme RulesCrown JewelSurvivor SeriesTLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs

WWE NXT Results
2010 List of WWE NXT results

2/233/23/93/163/233/304/64/134/204/275/45/115/185/256/16/86/156/226/297/67/137/207/278/38/108/178/248/319/79/149/2110/510/1210/1910/2611/211/911/1611/2311/3012/712/1412/2112/28

2011 List of WWE NXT results
1/41/111/181/252/12/82/152/223/13/83/153/223/294/54/124/194/265/35/105/175/245/316/76/146/216/287/57/127/197/268/28/98/168/168/169/69/139/209/2710/410/1210/1910/2611/211/911/1611/2311/3012/712/1412/2112/28
2012 List of WWE NXT results
1/41/111/181/252/12/82/152/222/293/73/143/213/284/44/114/184/255/25/95/165/235/306/66/136/206/277/47/117/187/258/18/88/158/228/299/59/129/199/2610/310/1010/1710/2410/3111/711/1411/2111/2812/512/1212/1912/26
2013 List of WWE NXT results
1/21/91/161/231/302/62/132/202/273/63/133/203/274/34/104/174/245/15/85/155/225/296/56/126/196/267/37/107/177/247/318/78/148/218/289/49/119/189/2510/210/910/1610/2310/3011/611/1311/2011/2712/412/1112/1812/25
2014 List of WWE NXT results
1/11/81/151/221/292/52/122/19Arrival3/63/133/203/274/34/104/174/245/15/85/155/22Takeover6/56/126/196/267/37/107/177/247/318/78/148/218/289/4Takeover II9/189/2510/210/910/1610/2310/3011/611/1311/2011/2712/4Takeover III12/1812/25
2015 List of WWE NXT results
1/141/211/282/42/10Takeover IV2/182/253/43/113/183/254/14/84/154/224/295/65/135/19Takeover V5/276/36/106/176/247/17/87/157/227/298/58/128/19Takeover VI8/269/29/99/169/239/30Takeover VII10/1410/2110/2811/411/1111/1811/2512/212/9Takeover VIII12/2312/30
2016 List of WWE NXT results
1/61/131/201/272/32/102/172/243/23/93/163/233/30Takeover IX4/64/134/204/275/45/115/185/256/1TakeOver: The End6/156/226/297/67/137/207/278/38/108/17Back to Brooklyn8/248/319/79/149/219/2810/510/1210/1910/2611/211/911/16TakeOver: Toronto11/2311/3012/712/1412/2112/28
2017 List of WWE NXT results
1/41/111/181/25TakeOver: San Antonio2/12/82/152/223/13/83/153/223/29TakeOver: Orlando4/54/124/194/265/35/105/17TakeOver: Chicago5/245/316/76/146/216/287/57/127/197/268/28/98/16TakeOver: Brooklyn III8/238/309/69/139/209/2710/410/1110/1810/2511/111/811/15TakeOver: WarGames11/2211/2912/612/1312/2012/27
2018 List of WWE NXT results
1/31/101/171/24TakeOver: Philadelphia1/312/72/142/212/283/73/143/213/284/4TakeOver: New Orleans4/114/184/255/25/95/165/235/306/66/13TakeOver: Chicago II6/206/277/47/117/187/258/18/88/15TakeOver: Brooklyn IV8/228/299/59/129/199/2610/310/1010/1710/2410/3111/711/14TakeOver: WarGames II11/2111/2812/512/1212/1912/26
2019 List of WWE NXT results
1/21/91/161/23Phoenix1/302/62/132/202/273/63/133/203/274/3New York4/104/174/245/15/85/155/225/296/56/126/196/267/37/107/177/247/318/7Toronto II8/148/218/289/49/119/189/2510/210/910/1610/2310/3011/611/1311/20WarGames11/2712/412/1112/1812/25
2020 List of WWE NXT results

1/11/81/151/221/292/52/12Portland2/192/263/43/113/183/254/1Tampa Bay4/84/154/224/295/65/135/205/276/3In Your House6/106/176/247/17/87/157/227/298/58/128/19TakeOver: XXX8/269/19/89/169/239/30TakeOver: XXXI10/710/1410/2110/2811/411/1111/1811/2512/2WarGames 202012/912/1612/2312/30

2021 List of WWE NXT results

1/61/131/201/272/32/10Vengeance Day2/172/243/33/103/173/243/31Stand & Deliver4/134/204/275/45/115/185/256/16/8In Your House 20216/156/226/297/67/137/207/278/38/108/17TakeOver 368/248/319/79/149/219/2810/510/1210/1910/2611/211/911/1611/2311/3012/712/1412/2112/28

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