I had completely forgotten that Takeover was happening this week. Last Wednesday, I had planned on writing a few pieces about the upcoming brand split, and that will continue next week.
Samoa Joe vs Finn Balor
The name of this Takeover is referring to the end of this feud, probably more than anything else. In fact, this could also be the end of the core of the current NXT roster. I’m expecting a few key players to be called up for the brand split and be drafted to either Raw or Smackdown, which will give NXT quite the shakeup.
Finn Balor has spent more than enough time in NXT. I’m fairly confident this will be the last match we’ll see him wrestle in a NXT ring. Could he join his Bullet Club brethren on the main roster? Possibly. I’m not sure how he’d fit into their story at this point, but I’m sure they’d find a way. With that being said, I predict Samoa Joe to beat Balor clean as a whistle. Joe has been an excellent monster heel, and he’ll be excellent in terms of leading the NXT brand. Also, whoever does end his reign of terror will receive a huge rub.
Winner: Samoa Joe
Shinsuke Nakamura vs Austin Aries
Have they announced if the winner of this match will receive a shot at the title? That’s what the main dispute was over when these two cut their promo a few weeks ago. Both men have been booked strong since their debuts in Dallas, so I don’t think a loss would hurt any of them. At the same time, the WWE is paying a lot of money for Nakamura, and I don’t think they want him losing anytime soon. With both men being excellent in ring performers, I do predict that this match will steal the show.
Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura
Nia Jax vs Asuka
Going into this match, Jax has been perfectly booked, very similar to how she was booked before losing to Bayley. The only difference between the two runs is that Asuka isn’t exactly being booked as the underdog.
I can’t picture Asuka losing in her first title defense, because that would be an insult to her character and her incredible win at Takeover:Dallas. However, what do they do with Jax if she loses in her second title match? Does she simply go back to demolishing smaller opponents until she’s granted another title match? Maybe these two will feud until Brooklyn. While I’m confused over who will win, my heart says that Asuka will find a way to win. Don’t be surprised if Jax somehow disqualifies herself.
American Alpha vs the Revival
After seeing how the Revival was handled on last week’s episode of NXT, I’m 100% sure that they lose this match. With the emergence of Gargano & Ciampa, the Revival isn’t even the second most interesting tag team on the NXT roster. I expect that this will still be a lot of fun to watch, and I wouldn’t be surprised if they out did their Dallas performance.
Winner: American Alpha
Tye Dilinger vs Andrade “Cien” Almas
I can’t say I’m that familiar with Almas’ career. I’m aware of his background and where he’s competed, but not completely up to date on his best matches and promos. One thing is for sure, Dilinger is not beating someone that has received as many vignettes as Almas. This is the only match that doesn’t have any build up, so the two will have to work hard to not be an afterthought on this show. Since I’m predicting that a few top players will be called up to the main roster, it’ll be nice to see some new faces lead the NXT brand, so I hope Cien clicks with the crowd.
Winner: Andrade “Cien” Almas