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The best NXT TakeOver matches of 2020

Throughout the year, we asked you to tell us the best match of the night following each and every NXT TakeOver - which in 2020 meant from Portland to WarGames. It gave us all a chance to advocate for the bout we enjoyed the most. And it gives us a chance to look back on the year that was for the black-and-gold brand.

The advent of special event episodes now that NXT goes head-to-head with AEW Dynamite most weeks means there’s more great action not captured here than in year’s past. But this is still a distillation of some of the best wrestling Triple H & team served up to us over the last 12 months.

Here’s the results from each TakeOver “Match of the Night” poll:

  1. Keith Lee vs. Dominik Dijakovic
  2. Adam Cole vs. Tommaso Ciampa
  3. Johnny Gargano vs. Finn Bálor
  4. The BroserWeights vs. Undisputed ERA
  5. Dakota Kai vs. Tegan Nox
  6. Bianca Belair vs. Rhea Ripley
In Your House
  1. Charlotte Flair vs. Rhea Ripley vs. Io Shirai
  2. Damian Priest vs. Finn Bálor
  3. Keith Lee vs. Johnny Gargano
  4. Velveteen Dream vs. Adam Cole
  5. Karrion Kross vs. Tommaso Ciampa
  6. Candice LeRae, Dakota Kai & Raquel González vs, Mia Yim, Shotzi Blackheart & Tegan Nox
  1. Pat McAfee vs. Adam Cole
  2. Damian Priest vs. Bronson Reed vs. Cameron Grimes vs. Johnny Gargano vs. Velveteen Dream (North American title Ladder Match)
  3. Dakota Kai vs. Io Shirai
  4. Karrion Kross vs. Keith Lee
  5. Finn Bálor vs. Timothy Thatcher
  1. Kyle O’Reilly vs. Finn Bálor
  2. Johnny Gargano vs. Damian Priest
  3. Io Shirai vs. Candice LeRae
  4. Isaiah “Swerve” Scott vs. Santos Escobar
  5. Kushida vs. Velveteen Dream
  1. Undisputed ERA vs. Pat McAfee, Pete Dunne, Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch in WarGames
  2. Candice LeRae, Toni Storm, Dakota Kai & Raquel González vs. Shotzi Blackheart, Ember Moon, Rhea Ripley & Io Shirai in WarGames
  3. Timothy Thatcher vs. Tommaso Ciampa
  4. Damian Priest vs. Leon Ruff vs. Johnny Gargano
  5. Cameron Grimes vs. Dexter Lumis

And a list of the top matches from each show, with total votes and percentage of overall votes:

  • Keith Lee vs. Dominik Dijakovic at TakeOver: Portland (843 votes; 41% of total)
  • Charlotte Flair vs. Rhea Ripley vs. Io Shirai at TakeOver: In Your House (964; 49%)
  • Pat McAfee vs. Adam Cole at TakeOver XXX (490; 43%)
  • Kyle O’Reilly vs. Finn Bálor at TakeOver 31 (748; 72%)
  • Undisputed ERA vs. Pat McAfee, Pete Dunne, Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch at TakeOver: WarGames (619; 48%)

Interesting that for all the hype surrounding NXT’s women’s division, only one women’s match was voted Best of the Night by the cSs community. And for all the flak Charlotte’s run as champ gets, this admittedly-pretty-unscientific measure indicates she did bring attention to the brand.

Food for thought as we head into tomorrow’s Year End Awards...

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