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Every fighter that appeared in the first NXT acquisition: Where are they now?

The first TakeOver NXT event was held more than three years ago in May 2014, but in today’s WWE, the NXT brand special event became an important part of the weekend of some of the pay-per-view events most important of the company. .

NXT’s TakeOver special events series has helped NXT grow from a brand that was originally recognized as the WWE development division, to a brand that many understand as on par with Monday Night Raw and SmackDown Live as the third brand. WWE official.

The NXT TakeOver special events series has grown and traveled across the United States to places like Chicago, Brooklyn and San Antonio, as well as out of the country to Toronto and London.

However, the first TakeOver NXT event had a simple start on May 29, 2014, and took place at Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida, and was an absolute classic.

Here are the coincidences that took place in the first TakeOver event of NXT three years ago, and where now are the superstars that participated in those games.



  • Brandi Rhodes, wife of Cody Rhodes, was the ring announcer for this event. She is now fighting for Ring of Honor after leaving WWE a few days after her husband did it in 2016.
  • The team of commentators tonight was Tom Phillips, Bryon Saxton and William Regal. Regal is now the general manager of NXT, while Phillips and Saxton are now on the main list as part of the comments team on SmackDown Live.
  • Rusev and Mojo Rawley also had a segment during the event, which resulted in the two fighters and The Bulgarian Brute coming out on top. Now they are both part of the SmackDown Live roster.
  • Paige also appeared during the event to thank NXT fans for their support over the years. She is now part of the Raw list as a member of Absolution.



With Braun Strowman as one of his Rose Buds, who is now a great superstar on Raw, Adam Rose managed to win the first game on NXT TakeOver after hitting his finalist Party Foul in Camacho.

Rose would go on to debut on the main list later that year with her Exotic Express trick before leaving WWE due to being involved in a domestic violence case. Earlier this year, he announced that 2017 would be his last year of wrestling.

As for Camacho, he is now working for New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) under the name of Tanga Loa and is part of the famous Bullet Club.



In the second match of the night, The Ascension (Konnor and Viktor) successfully defended the NXT Tag Team Championship against Kalisto and El Local. Viktor immobilized El Local after the Fall of Man to preserve the title.

The Ascension debuted on the main list later that year and is now part of the team division of SmackDown Live. Kalisto, on the other hand, would pair with Sin Cara as The Fight Dragons and make his debut on the main list a year later. Now it is part of the Cruiserweight division.

The Local, also known as Ricardo Rodríguez, was released from WWE two months after NXT TakeOver and retired from professional wrestling in May 2017.



In the number one contender for the NXT Championship, Tyler Breeze executed a beauty hit on Sami Zayn to win the game, while The Underdog of the Underground attempted a Helluva Kick.

Breeze was unsuccessful in his bid to win the NXT title against Adrian Neville after becoming the number one contender. He debuted on the main list in October 2015. He is now part of the SmackDown Live list on a Fandango label team called Breezango.

Zayn would stay on NXT for almost two more years due to injuries, but he won the NXT title on NXT TakeOver: R Evolution in December 2014. He also had big fights with Adrian Neville and Kevin Owens during his time on NXT. Now he is fighting with Owens on SmackDown Live.



In the NXT TakeOver main event, Adrian Neville successfully defended the NXT Championship against Tyson Kidd, running a Super Hurricane and a Red Arrow on Kidd to retain the title.

Neville eventually lost the NXT title to Sami Zayn in December 2014 on NXT TakeOver: R Evolution. He made his debut on the main list the following year in March, and became a two-time Cruiserweight Champion after the introduction of the Cruiserweight division.

However, Neville has been in recess since WWE since October 2017, and reports indicate that he is not happy with the way they are reserving him.

Kidd, on the other hand, began to partner with Cesaro after his time at NXT successfully revived his career in WWE. He won the Tag Team Championship with The Swiss Sensation, but his career in the ring was abruptly interrupted in June 2015 after suffering a serious neck / spine injury. Since June of this year, Kidd has been a full-time employee for WWE as a producer.

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Updated: January 1, 2018 — 1:06 pm
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