NXT TakeOver: Orlando Results: Bobby Roode vs. Shinsuke Nakamura Highlights


Can Bobby Roode hold off The King of Strong Style at NXT TakeOver: Orlando?

At NXT TakeOver: Orlando, NXT Champion Bobby Roode is going to put his title on the line against Shinsuke Nakamura. Roode won the title from Nakamura at TakeOver: San Antonio, but can he he beat Nakamura again?

Their last contest was a brutal affair, with Roode viciously attacking Nakamura. It was a measured strategy that put the then-champion right where Roode wanted him. Nakamura was able to hit the Kinshasa, but he couldn’t capitalize because of his injury, and Roode won the match and the title with a Glorious DDT. In the aftermath, Nakamura was off TV for a few weeks, selling the injury. He would return with a vengeance though, ready for his rematch with Roode.

Since winning the title at the end of January during Royal Rumble weekend, Roode has done a good job of carrying it. He successfully defended it against Kassius Ohno to keep the rematch with Nakamura intact.

Can Nakamura win the NXT Championship for a third time? Can Roode retain and continue the Glorious Era of NXT? Read on to find out.

As we’ve come to expect from the big matches at TakeOver, it all started with the entrances.

The challenger Nakamura came out first, but for the first time in a few TakeOve specials, he came out without any extra frills. Yet, it was still special. This is because it was Shinsuke Nakamura in front of a sold out arena, and they were singing every note of his entrance song.

As for the champion, his theme had a live intro from two piano players. His theme song then played as scheduled, and the crowd joined in on his theme song as well.

Finally, before the match kicked off, we were treated to our first look at the newly-designed NXT Championship.

When the match got started, there was some back and forth, with both men trying to gain the early advantage. Of course, that meant some mind games from Nakamura.

Roode had no problem returning the favor.

Roode did get down to business, though, and he took it to Nakamura.

However, Nakamura fought back. For a minute, it seemed like he might regain the title.

At the end of the match, Roode went for the ring bell, but was stopped by the referee. Nakamura capitalized with a standing Kinshasa, but that wasn’t enough. Both men fought with everything they had to gain control, until Roode was on the top rope and hit a top-rope spinning variation of the Glorious DDT for the win.

Winner…and STILL NXT Champion: Bobby Roode.

It would appear that Roode will be looking for a new challenger moving forward. No word yet on who that could be.

Next: Full NXT TakeOver: Orlando Review

Great match from Roode and Nakamura. Maybe not the match of the night (I’m looking at you Authors of Pain, Revival and DIY), but still a strong main event. The last match on Sunday night won’t even come close.