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Wednesday Wrap Around – Takeover: Respect Edition (Oct.7)

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Luckily for me, the Sens season opener isn’t until Thursday night, so NXT won’t cause me to miss any important hockey. Takeover is the second of three events on the network this month, which tells me WWE is serious about making October extremely eventful.

Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic (Semi-Finals & Finals):

  1. Finn Balor & Samoa Joe vs Scott Dawson & Dash Wilder

This match is quite predictable, and it’s easy to figure that Joe and Finn move onto the finals. With the way they dismantled Enzo and Cass, I don’t imagine Dawson and Wilder being a challenge for them. In fact, don’t be surprised if this match doesn’t go longer than five minutes.

  1. Baron Corbin & Rhyno vs Chad Gable & Jason Jordan

I think this is slightly more unpredictable than the other semi-final match. Gable and Jordan have been pushed hard as of late, so their momentum can give them a win. At the same time, they’re facing Baron Corbin, who’s only suffered one clean loss within the year. With this being said, I’ll put my money on Rhyno and Corbin.

  1. Baron Corbin & Rhyno vs Finn Balor

It wouldn’t make much sense to have the heel tag team win this tournament, so I’m guessing Balor and Joe win after a hard fought match. Count on one of them to pin Rhyno clean, as Corbin will be protected. I believe the drama will occur after the award is presented, and it will be Joe turning on Balor or vise versa. After this special, NXT will need a major feud for the NXT Championship, and I can’t think of anything better than this.

Tyler Breeze vs Apollo Crews

In my opinion, Tyler Breeze has been the highlight of NXT since the last special. He’s been consistent on each show with great work rate and character presentation. Apollo Crews has also been showcased, but not to the same extent. With the way they’ve been building Apollo, I can’t imagine him losing. This match could steal the show, given enough time, so I don’t think Breeze will look weak in defeat.

Dana Brooke vs Asuka

If any match ends in a DQ, it will be this one. Asuka of course needs to be presented as a threat to the women’s division, but so does Dana. Emma will be at ring side, so she’ll obviously get involved. After the interference, I predict Asuka to beat down the both of them, and stand tall. If this doesn’t end in a no contest, I’d imagine the two trade wins within the next few weeks.

Sasha Banks vs Bayley

I personally believe this is the most predictable match on this card. With that being said, it has best chance to steal the show and have the fans on the edge of their seats. After the clinic that was put on in Brooklyn, I think they’ll bring out even more for this one. I predict Bayley to win this ironman match with a final score of 3-2. I think it would be neat if Bayley went down 2-0 and came back with three straight pins, because that would truly make her the ultimate underdog.


Before typing this out, I wasn’t exactly psyched for tonight’s special, but going through each match made me excited. This show needs to rely on great work rate and a ton of drama, because the overall results look very predictable. Although I don’t mind predictability, as long as they tell a great story.

5 thoughts on “Wednesday Wrap Around – Takeover: Respect Edition (Oct.7)

  1. I agree it looks promising. Not sure Joe vs. Balor is a good idea. It might be for ratings, although I’m not a Samoa Buzz Joe supporter, but it will go against the main purpose of NxT, development of wrestlers. If done, its only purpose needs to be pushing Balor over.

    But is there a need for that? He’s a high as he could ever be, since I believe he wouldn’t survive too long on the main roster.

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    1. Once its said and done, Joe vs Balor could be the biggest feud either man has had to date in the WWE. While both men are industry veterans, I’m sure they’d learn a lot from having a high profile feud. Also, it can be an awesome way to send Joe to the main roster.


      1. I just hope Joe never makes it to the main roster. I’m still waiting for him to show he deserves it. His performances are on free fall. He passed his prime, if he ever had one. He is better in NxT pushing new talent like Rhyno is doing right now.

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      2. Oh wow, I wasn’t aware your dislike of Joe was this great. I can see where you’re coming from though. Based on this new system, its difficult to explain why he deserves a main roster spot over somone such as Sami Zayn or Tyler Breeze.

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      3. Exactly my point. Even if he goes to the main roster, how long will it last? His career has been in decline for a while.

        I don’t want NxT to turn in a TNA clone filled with old timers. I appreciate Rhynos role, pushing people over. Big Show should join them and Joe stay there doing the same, getting the next generation of super stars ready.

        What will happen when Cena retires? Gladly we have Ex-Shield members and others in the system. We can’t rely on Joe!

        As much as I like Lesnar, we can’t rely on part timers either.


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