Hideo Itami vs. Tyler Breeze
The WWE Network special’s newest match, announced on the TakeOver Pre-Show, stems from the first round of the NXT Championship No. 1 Contender’s Tournament, where Itami eliminated Breeze in a competitive contest, dashing the gorgeous Superstar’s hopes of winning the NXT Title. Furious over his elimination, Breeze fired back weeks later, sneak-attacking Itami backstage after the Japanese Superstar narrowly lost to tag partner Finn Bálor in the tournament’s semifinals.
Though Breeze’s ambush proved effective, now that TakeOver: Rival’s newest matchup is official, could Breeze’s selfie-ready good looks be in jeopardy when he faces the slicing, debilitating kicks of Itami? Or will Breeze, denied an opportunity at the NXT Championship he craves so dearly, crank up the intensity like never before?
Watch this fierce conflict unfold tonight at NXT TakeOver: Rival, airing live on WWE Network at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.