Tonight, Wednesday, October 7, WWE presented NXT Takeover 7: Respect, live on the WWE Network. Tonight’s show aired from NXT’s home base of Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida. The two-and-a-half-hour special, which aired live and commercial free, highlighted the stars of WWE’s developmental territory, NXT. The match aired marquee matches of the young talent and featured up-and-comers the company is high on. This two-hour special followed in the footsteps of NXT ArRival, which aired lived days after The Network debuted, NXT Takeover 1, which aired on May 29, 2014, NXT Takeover 2: Fatal Four Way, which aired on September 11, 2014, NXT Takeover 3: R-Evolution, which aired on December 11, 2014, NXT Takeover 4: Rival, which aired on February 11, NXT Takeover 5: Unstoppable, which aired on May 20 and NXT Takeover 5: Brooklyn, which aired on August 22. Here are the results.
The show opened with a great video package, highlighting many of WWE’s great World Champions, rivalries built around respect and segued into a package about tonight’s big matches and top stars.
In the night’s opening match, NXT Champion Finn Balor and Samoa Joe beat Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder in a semi-final match of the Dusty Rhodes Classic Tag Team Tournament. Balor pinned Wilder with a Coup de Grace after Joe had hit him with a Muscle Buster previously. Balor tweaked his knee during the match, setting up the night’s storyline.
They then gave hype to the bands Bring Me To Life, who provided tonight’s theme song and showed highlights from NXT’s visit last weekend to the Louder Than Life Festival.
Baron Corbin and Rhyno beat Jason Jordan and Chad Gable in a semi-final match of the Dusty Rhodes Classic Tag Team Tournament. Corbin pinned Gable after catching with a tilt-a-whirl style End of Days. Both teams are normally villains but Jordan and Gable worked as “faces” in the match, and the crowd in particular supported Gable, who had a star-making performance here.
They then showed a video package of the debuting Asuke, a top female star from Japan formerly known as Kana.
Asuke beat Dana Brooke (with Emma) via submission. Asuke caught Dana in a Crossface Chicken Wing with a body scissors the announcers called the Asuke Lock. Post-match, Dana tried to attack Asuke but got caught with a spinning heel kick. Then on the outside of the ring, Asuke stared down Emma, but Emma wouldn’t even look her in the eyes.
During a brief intermission, they showed a video package highlighting WWE’s partnership with Susan G. Komen. They then cut to Finn Balor getting checked on by doctors backstage while Samoa Joe looked on. Then they aired a video package for the soon-to-be-coming Nia Jax.
Apollo Crews pinned Tyler Breeze after hitting an elevated spinning powerbomb.
They then showed Funaki and Hideo Itami watching the show from the crowd. They then aired a WrestleMania 32 commercial. Then a cut to backstage showed Bailey warming up for the main event.
In the finals of the Dusty Rhodes Classic Tag Team Tournament, NXT Champion Finn Balor and Samoa Joe beat Rhyno and Baron Corbin. Joe hit Rhyno with a Muscle Buster and then Balor hit the Coup de Grace for the pinfall. Post-match the entire Dusty Rhodes family, including Dustin Rhodes, Cody Rhodes, their two sisters and their mother came to the ring to present Joe and Balor with Classic trophy. Cody’s wife Eden Stiles did ring announcing duties for the match as well. Cody talked about his father dying on the same day that his idol John Wayne, and said that tonight “we are all Rhodes.” It was an incredibly emotional and great moment for all involved.
Before the main event, they showed Stephanie McMahon, Lita, Becky Lynch and WWE Divas Champion Charlotte in the crowd. They then aired a video package for the main event. Greg Hamilton did the super special in-ring announcements for the main event.
In the main event, NXT Women’s Champion Bailey beat Sasha Banks in a 30 Minute Iron Man to retain the Championship.
- Sasha pinned Bailey about 9 minutes in after an eye poke and a roll up. (0-1)
- Bailey caught Sasha with a Bailey-to-Belly for a pinfall about 11 minutes in. (1-1)
- Bailey was counted out after Sasha threw her into the video board about 16 minutes in. (1-2)
- Bailey caught Sasha with a desperation roll-up about 17 minutes in. (2-2)
- Bailey made Sasha tap out to an arm bar with literally 2 seconds left on the clock.
Post-match, Triple H, Stephanie McMahon and the entire NXT roster came out to the stage area to applaud both women. Stephanie and trainer Sara Del Ray had flower bouquets for both ladies. Sasha collapsed to one knee in front of the roster and took her flowers. Triple H then went to the ring and presented Bailey with her bouquet and then let her have her moment to shine.
This is another broken record scratch, but NXT delivered once again with a live special. The tag tournament was great fun and the in-ring presentation was incredibly emotional. The main event over-delivered and the women were treated with great respect by the fans and their peers. Bailey looked like a star in her inauguration, and Sasha got a beautiful farewell, as she is certainly moving up to the main roster full time from this point forward.