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NXT TakeOver 31 was a professional wrestling and WWE Network event produced by WWE for their NXT brand division. It took place on October 4, 2020 at Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida. As the name implies, it was the 31st 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 has had to present the majority of its programming from the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida with no fans in attendance, though in late May, the promotion began using trainees to serve as the live audience, which was further expanded to friends and family members of the wrestlers in mid-June. Broadcasts of NXT, as well as previous events, TakeOver: In Your House and TakeOver XXX, however, have emanated from NXT's home base of Full Sail University since mid-March.

Storylines

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

On September 23, NXT general manager William Regal announced that Damian Priest would defend the NXT North American Championship against Johnny Gargano at TakeOver 31.

On the September 23 episode of NXT, Candice LeRae won a battle royal to become the number one contender for the NXT Women's Championship against Io Shirai at TakeOver 31.

On the September 23 episode of NXT, Kyle O'Reilly won a gauntlet eliminator match and would face NXT Champion Finn Bálor for the title at TakeOver 31.

On the August 12 episode of NXT, Kushida and the returning Velveteen Dream competed in a triple threat match, to determine who would qualify for the ladder match at TakeOver XXX. After the match, Dream attacked Kushida. On the September 8 episode of NXT, Kushida returned and attacked Dream. On September 26, a match between the two was scheduled for TakeOver 31.

Match Preview

Damian Priest vs. Johnny GarganoPreview
Kushida vs. Velveteen DreamPreview
Santos Escobar vs. Isaiah "Swerve" ScottPreview
Io Shirai vs. Candice LeRaePreview
Finn Bálor vs. Kyle O'ReillyPreview

Results

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

Other on-screen talent

Commentators
Pre-show Panel
Interviewer
Ring announcer
Referees

See also

External links

NXT TakeOver 31 previews

Damian Priest v Johnny GarganoIo Shirai v Candice LeRaeFinn Bálor v Kyle O'ReillyKushida v Velveteen DreamSantos Escobar v Isaiah Scott

NXT Takeover

TakeoverFatal 4-WayR EvolutionRivalUnstoppableBrooklynRespectDallasThe EndBack to BrooklynTorontoSan AntonioOrlandoNXT TakeOver: ChicagoBrooklyn IIIWarGamesPhiladelphiaNew OrleansChicago IIBrooklyn IVWarGames IIPhoenixNew YorkXXVToronto IIWarGames IIIPortlandTampa BayTakeOver: In Your HouseXXXXXXI

2020 NXT pay-per-views

PortlandTampa BayTakeOver: In Your HouseXXX

2020 World Wrestling Entertainment pay-per-views

TakeOver: Blackpool IIWorlds CollideRoyal RumbleTakeover: PortlandSuper ShowDownElimination ChamberWrestleMania 36Money in the BankTakeOver: In Your HouseBacklashExtreme RulesTakeOver: XXXSummerSlamPaybackClash of ChampionsTakeOver 31Hell in a CellSurvivor SeriesTLC: Tables, Ladders, & ChairsDublin

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: XXX8/269/19/89/169/239/3010/710/1410/2110/2811/411/1111/1811/2512/212/912/1612/2312/30

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