NXT TakeOver: The End. The end of what? I don’t know. Maybe it’s just false advertising like The Black Eyed Peas’ second-to-last (for now) album was. You know, the one that gave us “Boom Boom Pow”. According to the Internet, it could be because NXT might get cancelled after this, which I guess means all the NXT talent currently on TV will have to find spots on RAW and Smackdown during the upcoming draft. Or maybe underappreciated talents can make their way to Ring of Honor or Lucha Underground. Eiher way, NXT is rumored to meet it’s demise soon. But since I’m not WhatCulture, I won’t read to deeply into it. Long story short, something will end at this TakeOver event that contains a grade total of five matches, three of them for a title and one of them featuring a newcomer who sadly isn’t the still-yet-yo-debut Wrestling Goddess. There hasn’t been a single flat-out awful NXT TakeOver event to date, so we know this card is most likely to deliver, but who will come out on top of the respective battles? Let’s find out…while listening to “Karate” by BABYMETAL. Seriously awesome choice for a theme song, by the way, WWE.
Tye Dillinger vs. Andrade “Cien” AlmasSomeone needs to fill me in on who this Andrade “Cien” Almas guy is. As my constant endorsing of the likes of Cheerleader Melissa, Veda Scott, and Allysin Kay on social media and this blog show, I keep my finger on the pulse of what’s happening on the women’s independent wrestling scene. Not exactly the case for the male Indy scene, where the faces I most recognize are anyone currently in Ring of Honor. But I know he has to have come from the Indy’s due to the mask her removes in his promos while watching his own video footage. Tye Dillinger I’m mostly aware of because apparently, he thinks he’s a perfect 10. I don’t agree, but at least it’s something. After being just floating space on the NXT roster for so long, he’s finally been given a gimmick that he could turn into something. I have to admit, him flashing the ten fingers in his opponents face is actually kind of obnoxiously funny, even if his entrance taunt is completely stolen from Bayley‘s high-five taunt.
Who I Want to Win: The newcomver guy; I don’t know who he is, but I don’t want such a hyped-up debut to result in a loss.
Who Will Win: The new guy, because when has NXT ever had a hyped-up debut result in a loss? What is this, the main roster?
NXT Tag Team Championship
American Alpha vs. The Revival
For a second there, I was wondering whether or not we had to worry about NXT’s Tag Team Division. With Enzo & Cass and The Vaudevillains both going to the main roster, the Division was on the verge of shrinking. But NXT adapts so well that we may not have anything to worry about despite the fact that only three current tag teams come ti mind in the wake of the assumed breakup of Blake & Murphy after Alexa Bliss kicked them to the curb: Ciampa and Gargano, The Revival, and the champions themselves, American Alpha. If I’m leaving any out, I apologize. The latter team is definitely my favorite; they’re too all-around good not to like. The Revival are also good on the wrestling front, but they’re somewhere between boring and loathsome persona-wise. I can’t say I’m a fan of them. But being that both of these teams can wrestle and they did put on a decent match over WrestleMania weekend in Dallas, this match certainly has legs…..I mean metaphorically, not the eight legs of the competitors.
Who I Want to Win: American Alpha; no more Tag Titles for the Revival, please.
Who Will Win: American Alpha; they just got the titles, are on a roll, and I don’t see them losing defense #1.
Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Austin Aries
Just in case you needed any more confirmation that NXT is in fact an Indy wrestling show under the WWE umbrella, look no further than the fact that every TakeOver show now seems to feature at least one match guaranteed to make Indy wrestling fans soil themselves on contact at the very thought of it being televised to a worldwide audience. Jushin “Thunder” Liger in a WWE ring at TakeOver: Brooklyn, Sami Zayn vs. Shinsuke Nakamura at TakeOver: Dallas, and now we have The King of Strong Style again, this time against The Self-Proclaimed Greatest Man Who Ever Lived. These men, revered around the world for mastering their craft and being charismatic while doing so, have taken on other NXT stars en route to clashing with each other. I don’t know if it’ll outdo Zayn vs. Nakamura, but it’ll definitely be something.
Who I Want to Win: Shinsuke Nakamura. I’ve really taking a liking to this guy.
Who Will Win: Shinsuke Nakamura; I feel like NXT will eventually build him up to the NXT Title from here.
NXT Women’s Championship
Asuka vs. Nia Jax
Nia Jax, the not-so-scary monster heel who is strangely easy to neutralize and take off her feet, has been a force in the NXT Women’s Division since she first stepped foot into it. Originally coming in by squashing rising Indy talent (Tessa Blanchard, Deonna, Kay Lee Ray, and even Team F’n Kick leader Evie couldn’t take her down), she soon started taking down women who were actually on the NXT roster like Alexa Bliss and Carmella. Even The Hottest Chick in the Ring’s BFF Bayley couldn’t keep the monster grappler down, having beaten her once on TakeOver: London, but falling to her in a recent subsequent rematch. But if Nia Jax thinks it’s it’s gonna be a walk in the park taking on Asuka, she’s easily mistaken. The current NXT Women’s Champion can intimidate with a stare, shouting in Japanese as we learned last week, or just by kicking your headlights out. This has the makings of being one of the most hard-hitting matches in NXT history.
Who I Want to Win: Asuka; sure, the thought of people trying to take the title from Nia Jax sounds intriguing, but I don’t want an Asuka reign to be over before it even really starts.
Who Will Win: Asuka; making Asuka’s reign end so quick to the larger opponent is too expected.
Steel Cage Match for the NXT Championship
Samoa Joe vs. Finn Bálor
Finn Bálor learned the hard way something that wrestling fans have known for a really long time: you won’t like Samoa Joe hen he’s angry. It’s a good thing we didn’t get the Angry Samoa Joe who likes to carry around machetes and threaten death; TNA can keep that in their vault. But the Samoa Joe we got is still incredibly dangerous and won’t even let simple blood loss stop him from getting what he wants. When he defeated Bálor at a non-televised event recently for the title, the tables were turned and now it seems to be more about what Bálor is willing to do to win his championship back than it is about what Joe is willing to do to keep it since after two straight losses to the face-painted Demon we basically already know.
Who I Want to Win: Samoa Joe because everyone and their pet rocks wants Bálor to go main roster already, myself included.
Who Will Win: Samoe Joe; this show has so many champions who just got their titles and I could be wrong and at least one of them could lose their titles. But I’m almost positive it won’t be Joe.
Do you agree with the forecast? Who do you see winning at NXT TakeOver: The End? Who are you rooting for to win? Tag me on Twitter @FearlessRiOT and let me know or leave a comment below. Then check out NXT TakeOver: The End on the WWE Network this Wednesday!