I don’t get paid to do any of this; until I find a way to get some monetary compensation from doing this, everything I do on this blog is for absolutely free. And the reason why I do it is because I love wrestling, music, and entertainment. I, like many others, love predicting who’s going to win on wrestling events and award shows. But this weekend, too much stuff is going down. After reviewing a new WrestleMania every day for two weeks straight, I find out that not only is NXT TakeOver: Dallas happening on a Friday, but that the iHeartRadio Music Awards, the Academy of Country Music Awards, and WrestleMania are all happening on the same night. Because of that, I decided to make it easier on myself by foregoing a Forecast on the iHeartRadio Music Awards. I’m still deciding whether or not I’ll do the ACMs. The WrestleMania review, though: definitely happening, and so is this, the Forecast for WWE NXT TakeOver: Dallas. Let’s jump right in!
Apollo Crews vs. Elias Samson
I really don’t want to talk about Elias Samson; that would mean I’d have to put forth a ton of effort trying to find anything noteworthy to say about him. He’s the latest in a line of pro wrestlers who can always be seen with an acoustic guitar. Sadly, he doesn’t have the arrogance or personality of Jeff Jarrett and Honky Tonk Man before him. And as we heard this past week, he is also an awful singer. Not even intentionally awful for comedic effect like Jillian did; no, the guy just can’t sing. The supposed Drifter hasn’t been up to much except for squash matches, but after recently assaulting a poor guy post-match, Apollo Crews came to make the save. Unless I missed something, that’s the entire story behind this feud.
Who I Want to Win: Apollo Crews; like I said before, I don’t care enough about Elias Samson to want him to get the victory.
Who Will Win: Apollo Crews; there’s still potential to be seen in him. Meanwhile, if Elias Samson has some, he has to work a bit more to find it.
Baron Corbin vs. Austin Aries
TNA’s loss was once again WWE’s gain as Triple H’s mini-promotion was able to score The Greatest Man Who Ever Lived. Though NXT has been spoiling us with big-name Indy signings a lot lately, it was still mind-blowing when he showed up to NXT. So it’s easy to understand why a man as frustrated as Baron Corbin would crash the party. Assaulting Austin Aries on his first night in, Corbin made sure he remained relevant enough to land on NXT’s latest super-card. He realizes the difference in how he and Aries came up into the game, and he wants to prove to Aries that he’s the real deal even without the experience of wrestling for smaller promotions.
Who I Want to Win: Austin Aries; me rooting for Baron Corbin to win something? Don’t be silly.
Who Will Win: Depends on what they want to do here: book Corbin to beat a veteran of the ring or establish the veteran in his debut. I’m going with the latter: Aries wins.
Dash & Dawson vs. American Alpha
Holy hedgehog, I can’t stand Dash & Dawson. The call themselves The Revival; what are they reviving? Because it sure isn’t my interest in tag team wrestling. They can get the job done in the ring, but not enough to be engaging personalities one he slightest. American Alpha, on the other hand, is a different story. Even though Jordan was reluctant to team with Gable at first, they’re really seemed to find their groove as a team. They’re likeable and are absolute wrestling machines between the ropes. And they do it ten times better than Dash & Dawson. After the failed attempts by Enzo & Cass, can American Alpha finally be the team that topples Dash & Dawson?
Who I Want to Win: American Alpha. PLEASE win!
Who Will Win: American Alpha. I’m sure NXT knows it’s time for the Revival to lose those titles already.
Sami Zayn vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
Sami Zayn has quite a busy weekend ahead of him. Before he can enter the WrestleMania ring and put his body on the line for the Intercontinental Championship, he must first face off with a man dubbed the “King of Strong Style”. Gee, will Sami Zayn still be able to feel by Monday? A standout in Japan, the in-the-know smarks of the wrestling world must be very excited for Nakamura to arrive in WWE. To fans who aren’t as familiar with his work – me, for example – it looks like we’ll just have to sit back and take more, because like Kevin Hart says, “We Gon’ Learn Today”.
Who I Want to Win: Nakamura, but only because of my “Having the new guy lose in his debut”.
Who Will Win: Nakamura; with Sami on the main roster now and Nakamura sticking with NXT, it’s for the best.
Bayley vs. Asuka
We’ve been waiting for this. Since Bayley has been THE woman in NXT since her fellow Four Horsewoman joined the main roster, she’s been the kind of fighting champion that the division needs. She’s defeated Alexa Bliss, Eva Marie, Carmella, and Nia Jax. But her next challenge comes in the form of a Diva unlike anyone she’s ever faced. Asuka is a silent killer basically, someone whose smile is only a decoy to set you up for a painful beatdown. Bayley is tough, no doubt; but can even she withstand the tenacious ability that Asuka has bought to the table to make her the most intimidating Diva around? She will have to at least try if she wants to retain her Women’s Championship.
Who I Want to Win: Asuka; Bayley’s been a great champion, but she may have finally met her match.
Who Will Win: Asuka; especially if rumors of a post-WrestleMania call-up is on the cards for Bayley.
Finn Bálor vs. Samoa Joe
Holy rematch. This is a match we’ve seen before on NXT, and in the main event of a TakeOver special, no less. And the first time around, I remember seeing fans point out that Samoa Joe is in the best shape he’s been in years. In addition to that was the fact that they’d put on a pretty good main event match with one another. But now, with Samoa Joe having jumped through Sami Zayn hoops numerous times to get another opportunity, the Demon sees himself once again facing off with the Samoan Submission Machine. Madder and more physically imposing than ever, Balor’s title reign might legitimately be in jeopardy here.
Who I Want To Win: Samoa Joe; while I like Bálor, I see Joe taking over from here.
Who Will Win: Samoa Joe. Sorry, no happy ending tonight. The villain comes out on top.
Do you agree with the forecast? Who do you see winning at TakeOver: London? Who are you rooting for to win? Tag me on Twitter @FearlessRiOT and let me know or leave a comment below. Then check out TakeOver: Dallas on the WWE Network tonight to see which predictions come true. Hope you all enjoy the show.