So it turns out this isn’t actually the end of NXT after all. Thank God. If WWE had ended the program it wouldn’t have been too long till I stopped watching the product altogether. If you’ve listened to Dan and I’s most recent podcast for EXTREME RULES you’d know I’m out of the love with the product somewhat. I no longer watch Raw or Smackdown and even NXT has taken a hit too. I’m still just about sticking in for the PPV’s though.
You could say I’m somewhat out of the loop and you’d be right but wrestling is wrestling so I think I can still get a good read on the results. I’m expecting something big to happen at some point during the show, I just don’t know what. It could be a debut or a title change or something else. Either way I’m excited. Anyway, let’s see who I’ve got to win tonight!
Andrade ‘Cien’ Almas vs. Tye Dillinger
Let’s be honest, Tye Dillinger makes people look good. That’s pretty much his job and he’s damn good at it. Apollo Crews hasn’t looked better in ring or personality wise since he’s debut match against him.
It says a lot for WWE’s confidence in him to keep giving him this responsibility, even if it must be frustrating to be a talent over with the crowd who wont be given a push of his own.
In honesty, I don’t know much about Almas, but I’m expecting this match to be a good introduction for me.
Winner: Andrade Almas
Tag Titles: American Alpha (c) vs. The Revival
Now then, it’s time to go crazy. I think we might be in for a shock here. As you’ll learn, I haven’t got any title changes predicted for tonight. Which got me thinking, maybe they’ll be a shock. I can’t see it coming from anything other than this match up.
American Alpha are huge fan favourites but I loved the heel work that Dash and Dawson have been doing for a long time now. I think it would be a great idea for them to cheat to win back the titles again so soon. After all, you don’t tend to get short title runs in NXT, so not many people would see it coming.
That said, I wouldn’t be surprised if American Aplha did just pick up the victory however I’m going out on a limb here. Will it pay off?
Winners: The Revival
Womens Title: Asuka (c) vs. Nia Jax
This is a weird one, Asuka is the top of the women’s division having beaten Bayley back in Dallas so you’d expect her to be on top for a while. That said, Nia Jax is a monster in NXT and she already lost her first title challenge so, to continue to look like a big bad dominant heel she does need a big win sooner rather than later.
Having said that you’d probably expect me to pick her as the winner here, but no. Asuka will walk away champion this time.
Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Austin Aries
Match of the night, right here. I’m expecting something really special. Both competitors are new to NXT but Nakamura is definitely getting the bigger push. He’s the number one in NXT for now.
So it’s clear I think Nakamura is going to be winning this one, but what’s really important is the quality. This should be a blinder. It’ll be interesting to see where Aries goes from here though.
Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura
NXT Title: Samoa Joe (c) vs. Finn Bálor
This is the match I’m really expecting to see some fireworks in. I don’t know what’s coming, but if this is ‘the end’ for this feud then it’s going to be good. Hopefully at least, NXT doesn’t tend to disappoint at any rate.
I’ve heard some people saying they wouldn’t be surprised if Finn won the title back. I don’t see it that way, with the brand split looming I can see him being one of the big picks for either Smackdown or Raw. Probably Smackdown, which of course means he’ll be losing tonight.
Winner: Samoa Joe