NXT Takeover: San Antonio – Predictions & Preview (Jan.27)


I apologize to any of my readers that were expecting a review for Impact. The previous two weeks have been busy for me, and it’s affected the Impact Insider the most for the website. As for this week, I strictly wanted to focus on WWE and the Rumble weekend.

Roderick Strong vs Andrade Almas

In terms of match quality, this should be a pretty strong outing for both competitors. With that being said, it’s definitely been the worst built feud heading into this show. This contest is essentially based off two weeks worth of build up, with only one confrontation. To say that these two are coming in hot is quite laughable. The fans should expect this to occur somewhere in the middle of the card, as it will most likely act as filler.

As per the winner, it only makes sense for Roderick Strong to win. Ever since his NXT debut, Strong hasn’t done much and he truly needs to expand his credibility if they plan on pushing him as a threat. Almas has been booked fairly well within the past few weeks, so a loss shouldn’t hurt his character in anyway.

Winner: Roderick Strong

Eric Young vs Tye Dillinger

Similar to my previous prediction, this only had two weeks worth of build. However, the one difference is that Young and Dillinger cut an excellent promo two weeks ago. That segment allowed for their characters to feel genuine and gave them legitimate motivations for being in this match. It also helps that these two are among the most popular acts in NXT as of right now. Considering each competitors current status on the NXT food chain, I’d say this is the most difficult match to predict. Young certainly needs a win, as he’s the leader of the biggest heel group in NXT and a pretty big name. At the same time, Dillinger has done a magnificent job at getting himself over, and it would be heartbreaking for his fans to see him lose once again.

I’ll go ahead and base my prediction of Tye being called up to the main roster after this PPV. Eric Young should come out with the win, but we should expect Dillinger to make a surprise appearance in the Rumble (probably as entrant 10).

Winner: Eric Young

DIY vs Authors of Pain

I find it crazy how the Authors of Pain have yet to lose a match. With the way they’ve been booked, I can’t think of anybody who can stop them. Along with that, the writing team has done a good job at making them unlikable. That’s where DIY act as the perfect challenger for their undefeated opponents. At the end of the day, the main appeal behind Gargano and Ciampa is their ability to play the underdog. I’d be willing to go as far as saying they’re the Sami Zayn of tag team wrestling.

If the champs can carry the challengers to a half way decent match, this could turn out to be a roller coaster ride of emotions. The crowd would explode in happiness if DIY can conquer the Authors of Pain, however they’d easily be just as upset if the result went the other way around.

Like I said, I can’t see the Authors of Pain losing, and I’ve been conditioned to seeing them win. By the end of this match, we’ll have new tag champs and a very happy Paul Ellering. However, this will not be the end of this feud, because it has a lot more gas left in its tank. DIY are better when they chase, so them losing the titles might actually work for them in terms of creating a good story.

Winner: Authors of Pain

Asuka vs Nikki Cross vs Billie Kay vs Peyton Royce

NXT has finally taken a different direction with its women’s division by booking this match. This is the first time in while where a new crop of talent is being given a chance to work a big match. Even for Asuka this is a change, as all of her title matches have been against veteran workers (excluding Nia Jax). While this does feel different from what NXT fans are used to seeing, it should be incredibly exciting. Along with that, this has easily been the best built feud for this particular Takeover. It’s had the longest build up, and it’s had the best character progression.

This match isn’t that tough to predict, because none of the three challengers are ready to become champion. I’m sure this will be a lot of fun to watch, but expect Asuka to leave Takeover still as the women’s champ. She’s become such a star for the brand, it would only make sense if someone defeated her one on one.

Winner: Asuka

Bobby Roode vs Shinsuke Nakamura

For Shinsuke Nakamura, this program feels like a fresh breath of air. He’s only been feuding with Roode for two weeks, but I believe this has already made him less stale (side effect of his previous program). The two have only confronted each other once, but it worked for creating excitement for this Takeover main event. If their in ring chemistry is as good as their mic chemistry, there’s no reason that this contest couldn’t steal the show. I personally like how they made a positive with their lack of time and turned this into a match about the hottest NXT stars in 2016 squaring off.

The fans shouldn’t expect to see title switch on this show. While the match will likely be extremely close and make most people doubt their initial predictions, it doesn’t make sense to swap the title yet. Nakamura just won it back, meaning if he lost, he’d have dropped it twice in two months. In terms of character progression, this simply wouldn’t be an original idea.

Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura


For a show that hasn’t received a lot of build up, it’s looking to be pretty entertaining. That’s what I love about NXT, even when the build up isn’t strong, the crew still dishes out an eventful show.

Feel free to comment on my thoughts, and leave some predictions of your own.

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