1 – Andrade Almas vs. Bobby Roode
I wanted to like Almas, but he’s just been a dud since his arrival. Meanwhile, Bobby Roode is already killing it on NXT. He’s the next top heel there, so I predict a GLORIOUS win that hopefully teaches Almas a thing or two.
2 – No Way Jose vs. Austin Aries
I actually have warmed up to Jose a lot. He’s a fun character with tons of energy in the ring, and I really liked his angry promo from a few weeks back. Meanwhile, Aries is just the kind of diminutive famous name to put over Jose as he continues to grow as a performer.
PICK: No Way Jose
3- Ember Moon vs. Billie Kay
This seems pretty predictable unless this is a total Russo swerve and Ember ends up squashed. Barring that, this will be like Kevin Owens killing CJ Parker on his first night, setting up Moon as the newest member of a Women’s Division that really needs fresh talent.
PICK: Ember Moon
4- NXT Tag Team Champions The Revival (Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder) (c) vs. Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa
A tight one, but I’m going to pick those brutal bears of men, The Revival. Gargano and Ciampa might challenge some other day, but this isn’t the time to beat a wonderful throwback like Revival.
PICK: The Revival
5- NXT Women’s Champion Asuka vs. Bayley
The expected and likely correct move is Bayley losing a lengthy war with Asuka, then moving up to the main roster next week. But I don’t want to make such a safe prediction! So instead, Bayley wins in a super-close match, giving Asuka her first defeat and building to a rubber match at the next Takeover, and THAT will be Bayley’s real final match at NXT.
6- NXT Champion Samoa Joe vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
The easiest prediction to make is that this will be an incredible match, maybe the best fight all weekend. Samoa Joe has been great as the evil monster champ, but this doesn’t feel like time for Nakamura to take his first loss in the United States. With Finn gone, it’s time for Nakamura to be the new face of NXT as the champion and that begins with beating Samoa Joe, and then beating him AGAIN in a rematch at the next Takeover.
PICK: Samoa Joe
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