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WWE Announce NXT WarGames, ‘TakeOver’ Name Dropped

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WWE have announced that NXT WarGames is set to return, although the ‘TakeOver’ name appears to have been dropped.

On the November 9th episode of NXT 2.0 it was announced that NXT WarGames will take place on Sunday, December 5th. The event marks the first brand’s first ‘super’ show since it was rebranded as NXT 2.0 in September.

Interestingly, the announcement and resulting graphics feature no mention of the ‘TakeOver’ name that was previously used for such shows.

The announcement comes after it was reported that an NXT special would take place on December 5th, but that ‘TakeOver’ would no longer be used.

At time of writing, no matches have been announced for NXT WarGames.

TakeOver had been a staple of the NXT brand since the first event baring that name took place in May 2014. In a sign of how much things have changed in WWE since then, only 3 of the 12 competitors on that show are still active WWE Superstars.

In the following years, TakeOvers became the most talked-about shows on the wrestling calendar and moved out of their Orlando home for the first time in August 2015 for the first NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn show. That event was headlined by Finn Balor defeating Kevin Owens in a Ladder Match to retain the NXT Title.

The most recent NXT TakeOver event took place in August 2021 on the night after SummerSlam. NXT TakeOver 36 was the last TakeOver event before NXT was revamped into NXT 2.0 and was also Adam Cole’s last night in the company.

The first WarGames match took place in July 1987, as the brainchild of Dusty Rhodes. The matches featured regularly in WCW through the 1990’s with the final WarGames match being held on WCW Nitro in 2000.

WWE brought back the concept along with the advent of “NXT TakeOver: WarGames” in 2017.