First things first. Yes, North American champion Velveteen Dream entered TakeOver: Toronto with the NBA champion Raptors’ dance team and dressed as a sexy Mountie...
D.R.E.A.M. is... the champion for ALL of North America. And @VelveteenWWE always gets his man!— TDE Wrestling (@tde_wrestling) August 11, 2019
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His challengers in the Triple Threat at Scotiabank Arena were all business, both during their entrances and to start the match. After Pete Dunne got the best of an early confrontation with Roderick Strong, things got so serious Dream took off his suspenders! Babyfaces Velveteen and Dunne were the first to team-up, but that didn’t end well for the champ...
We all know how this one ends. @VelveteenWWE @PeteDunneYxB #NXTTakeOver pic.twitter.com/MuXIIMUmZW— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) August 11, 2019
... who ended up going crotch first at a ringpost, leaving former Dusty Classic partners Roddy and the Bruiserweight alone for a stretch. After the Messiah of the Backbreaker broke everyone’s backs, that is...
.@roderickstrong going crazy here. #NXTTakeOver pic.twitter.com/vbWS1UW7Rz— Italo Santana (@BulletClubIta) August 11, 2019
Honorary Canadian Dream used Bret Hart’s finisher on Strong, but the long-reigning UK champ broke that up and ran wild...
That torque got us like .#NXTTakeOver @VelveteenWWE pic.twitter.com/jYviLaXoCq— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) August 11, 2019
Behold, I bring you great tidings of @PeteDunneYxB!— TDE Wrestling (@tde_wrestling) August 11, 2019
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... long enough to force a brief team-up between the Undisputed ERA member and the Experience. But it was literally only seconds before it was every man for himself again. Moves came fast and furious from there, many of them performed on two men at once. A really inventive flurry of three-way spots.
Double Strong Hold from @roderickstrong! #NXTTakeOver pic.twitter.com/PO02ad5FRU— Italo Santana (@BulletClubIta) August 11, 2019
It was after finger snaps on the champ and Roddy that Dunne hit Strong with an X-Plex, but Dream distracted, then stopped the referee’s count.
A short time after that, an End of Heartache on the Bruiserweight made it look like Strong would do what Bobby Fish & Kyle O’Reilly couldn’t and claim gold for his squad. But a savvy Dream flew in with an elbow drop on Roddy to steal the pin.
Five letters. One champ.@VelveteenWWE #NXTTakeOver pic.twitter.com/qzfhop56OF— WWE NXT (@WWENXT) August 11, 2019
For a complete rundown of everything that happened in Scotiabank Arena tonight, head to our live blog here.