This might be the first Takeover that I’m not excited for. No let me rephrase that. It’s not that I’m not excited for it, because I know it will be an awesome show. The quality of the wrestling will no doubt be stellar. They always are. I’m just not hyped to the moon about it, like I have been for previous shows.
I think in honesty the fact that my boys The Revival aren’t on the show is the main reason I’m not feeling the love. For the past 5 Takeover’s I would argue that they either stole the show, or came within inches of doing so. The NXT tag team division has been a wrestling highlight for me over the last few years and while #DIY are amazing too, I can’t help but feel slightly underwhelmed by the idea of them versus The Authors of Pain. When The Revival move up to the main roster, they’re absence will be noticed even stronger.
It’s the same with how since a lot of the women moved up, I haven’t been able to get excited about the NXT Women’s division. Asuka is great, but where is the competition?
Roderick Strong versus Andrade Almas should be good and I’m curious to see where Tye Dillinger’s story goes next. Yet even in the main event I’m not that interested. Well, again that’s not really fair. It’ll be a top match, but there is no way Nakamura loses the title right? That’s kind of my problem with the whole show, for an NXT event, the big matches feel very predictable. Now granted they could swerve everything and I’d look like a right fool but I don’t think that will happen.
Enough grumbling, let’s get to the predictions!
Roderick Strong vs. Andrade Almas
Honestly this match is the toughest to predicted. I could see either man winning. Almas has been doing so much better since turning heel and this would be a big win to have under his belt to cement that turn.
Meanwhile Roderick Strong has yet to get properly going in NXT, so this could be what kick starts his push. After all, with Samoa Joe looking to be moving to the main roster there is a gap at the top of the card.
I think his push can wait a little bit longer, until after Wrestlemania prehaps once another shuffle is done. So I think for now, it makes sense having Almas go over. Especially if he can do it in a really smug way.
Winner: Andrade Almas
Tye Dillinger vs. Eric Young
For all I said earlier about not being particularly excited for this Takeover I have to say I am so curious to see what happens next with Tye Dillinger. He’s been working a fantastic crisis of confidence story, coming so close multiple times to winning the big match that could make his career. Yet he always loses.
Eric Young seems pretty keen on the idea of him joining Sanity, if he loses will he be forced to join in a similar way to when Daniel Bryan joined The Wyatt’s?
The thing about Tye is that he’s so over with the crowd as well and his popularity has been growing for quite sometime. Dillinger is someone you want to see succeed. I physically want to see him win. Will it happen at this Takeover? I don’t think so, which will frustrate a few people. Look at the bigger picture though, this is all going somewhere. At Takeover: Orlando I expect him to get his big win.
Sometimes the best stories take a while to be told and I’m happy to see it play out. Yet, at the same time I would be so delighted if he won on Saturday night.
No matter what happens at Takeover though, surely he’ll be entering the Royal Rumble at number 10. To what I hope, will be an amazing ovation. Just imagine it. It would be perfect.
Winner: Eric Young
NXT Women’s Championship Fatal 4-Way
As I mentioned earlier the NXT’s Women’s Division isn’t the strongest right now. It’s basically Asuka, who is admittedly great, sitting alone on a mountain top wondering where all the competition went.
Last Takeover WWE brought back Mickie James to provided a bit of competition. It was a fun match but no one really thought James had a chance of winning. For this Takeover they seemed to have realised that they still don’t have any real contenders so have just thrown some people together. Unfortunately I still don’t think any of them have a chance. It effectively looks like Asuka versus three jobbers.
There is one scenario, unlikely as I believe it to be, that I could see happening. Nikki Cross pins either Billie Kay or Peyton Royce to effectively steal the title from under Asuka’s nose without her actually losing. I’m effectively ruling our Kay and Royce from winning the title because despite going in as allies. They will fall out mid match when one of them tries to actually win.
I don’t think it’s likely that Asuka will lose though. It would, in my opinion, be a massive waste of her undefeated streak.
Tag Team Titles: #DIY (c) vs. The Authors of Pain
I just can’t help be slightly disappointed with this one. I have no problem with a monster tag team ruining rough shot over the division for a while. Which is what I assume The Authors of Pain will do. I just miss The Revival alright! In honesty I would prefer a slightly longer run for #DIY too but what can you do.
Now I assume it won’t be up to the calibre of the last two title matches involving #DIY, but I’m sure Gargano and Ciampa will make The Authors of Pain (who are apparently called Rezar and Akam, who knew) look like a million bucks. I do expect #DIY to put in a decent showing for themselves as well of course, but this has defeat written all over it.
Winners: The Authors of Pain
NXT Title: Shinsuke Nakamura (c) vs. Bobby Roode
I love Bobby Roode and I very much enjoy Nakamura’s wrestling. So this should be an excellent match up. Again though, like the rest of the card I can only see one outcome. Nakamura wins.
Why do I say that so confidently? Well, after the multiple quick title changes in his feud with Samoa Joe (which made them both x2 champions, the only 2 in NXT history) I have to assume that they will try to solidify this reign.
So with the result (in my head) guaranteed, what am I expecting from this match? I’m expecting it to be very good. With plenty of back and forth and I expect both men to come out from it looking better. Especially Roode, who I think will use this as a chance to elevate his standings even in defeat.