Needless to say, we all know how great last year’s Takeover in Brooklyn was. Even though I feel like the only thing that’s really talked about from that show these days is Sasha vs. Bayley, the whole show was great. Obviously Sasha/Bayley was the peak of that show, and one of, if not the best, matches of last year. That being said, could this year top it? Maybe. In fact, I would say that it probably can, considering that this has three matches that should be Sasha/Bayley level great. Last year, nothing else did reach the Sasha/Bayley level, even if the other matches were really good.
No Way Jose vs. Austin Aries
I’m struggling to find a reason to care about this one, however. I don’t dislike No Way Jose, but I don’t see a reason that he should be getting a spot on Takeover over the likes of Tye Dillinger or a returning Hideo Itami. They could easily have made a feud between Austin and either Tye or Hideo, and this would be a much higher quality match. Aries for the win, please.
Prediction: No Way Jose
Prediction: Ember Moon
Andrade Cien Almas vs. Bobby Roode
This one puzzles me too. I mean, it’ll be a great match, but Almas just debuted at the last Takeover, and Roode is debuting here. So now you’re putting them against each other? Isn’t that against NXT’s typical booking? You normally want them to win consecutive matches. Then again Austin lost at the last Takeover so I guess not. Anyways, Roode wins obviously.
Prediction: Bobby Roode
NXT World Tag Team Championship
(c) The Revival (c) vs. Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa
This match is going to be great. It’s probably what I’m most looking forward to on this show. We’ve already seen how great the matches between Revival and American Alpha have been, and against SAWFT too – and I think them vs. Gargano and Ciampa will be even better. And I’m hoping for a Gargano/Ciampa victory – I’m becoming a big fan of both of theirs so give them the belts.
Prediction: Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa
NXT Women’s Championship
Asuka (c) vs. Bayley
Well, it only took five months for the damn rematch to happen, but here it is. As great as the match will be, there’s absolutely no reason for Asuka to lose the title here. Sorry Bayley fans who think she’s the absolute best and must win every match. You are morons. Don’t get me wrong, Bayley is great – but the prevailing thought of most wrestling fans that she is the absolute best pisses me off when Sasha Banks and Asuka and Becky Lynch and Emma and Paige are all things is kind of annoying. I mean, my opinion varies in terms of ranking depending on the day, but Bayley can only reach second best under Sasha to begin with. (And that’s also only when my Paige superfan bias isn’t kicking in.) Anyways, why are Bayley fans worried about her winning the NXT Women’s Title back? They should realize there’s absolutely nothing left for her to do in NXT outside of lose to Asuka and come up to the main roster. And I thought that Smackdown needed her more that Raw did, but the way things are going, Raw needs more women. Because they’re only using three.
NXT World Heavyweight Championship
Samoa Joe (c) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
Another match that will be great. But really, what’s Nakamura still doing in NXT? Or Samoa Joe for that matter? One needs to be called up and Nakamura should be the one. NXT can get more out of Joe than they can get out of Nakamura. (Mainly because they have more face challengers lined up for Joe than what they’d have for Nakamura.)
Prediction: Samoa Joe
Anyways, as great as this show can be, for the first time in a long time, I feel like the main roster PPV that’s right after an NXT show at least has the potential to be just as good or maybe even better than it. Sure, it has some of its issues, but SummerSlam looks like it could be great as long as good decisions are made. Predictions for that will be up shortly.
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