With the Coronavirus pandemic causing WrestleMania 36 to be taped over two days at the Performance Center in front of no days, WWE was forced to cancel NXT TakeOver: Tampa.
This was a big blow for many fans, with TakeOver shows often providing some of the best in-ring action and story-driven matches of the entire year.
Fear not, as WWE has confirmed a report from Sports Illustrated that states the matches planned for NXT TakeOver: Tampa will now take place on the coming episodes of NXT TV.
WWE has confirmed that Triple H will appear on tomorrow night’s NXT to announce which makes will be taking place on which date. The string of TakeOver matches will start the Wednesday before WrestleMania.
🚨 BREAKING NEWS 🚨
As first reported by @SInow:
— WWE NXT (@WWENXT) March 24, 2020
Only one TakeOver had been confirmed prior to the show being cancelled, with Mia Yim, Tegan Nox, Chelsea Green and three other women will compete in a number one contenders ladder match.
The following matches will likely take place on the coming episodes of NXT. While they have not been confirmed, these have all been rumoured:
- Broserweights vs. Grizzled Young Veterans vs. Undisputed Era – NXT Tag Team Championship
- WALTER vs. Finn Balor – NXT UK Championship
- Keith Lee vs. Dominik Dijakovic – North American Championship
- Adam Cole vs. Velveteen Dream – NXT Championship
- Johnny Gargano vs. Tommaso Ciampa
This means that over the next few weeks, we are going to be treated to some truly brilliant TakeOver matches on NXT TV. This will be a good way to try and siphon viewers away from AEW.