JKJ & Thirteen|10 are back with your NXT Takeover XXV preview and predictions! What will go down on the silver celebration for your favorite WWE brand?
NXT Takeover XXV …… or 25 if you can’t fully grip the Roman numerals thing that is used for this show is upon us and it’s arrived at the perfect time. Fans of Pro Wrestling have this week taken to the socials to complain and moan about the WWE product based on the success of an outstanding debut PPV for AEW last weekend. But this is NXT, this is the baby of Triple H, a man with so much passion for WWE as a whole and this is the first opportunity that he & WWE has to make sure that the fans are talking once again about the world of WWE and rest assured this show WILL blow you away and will achieve what it sets out to do.
We can forgive RAW & SD this week which produced okay TV shows but people had made up their minds way before these shows had aired about not wanting to enjoy It and therefore the string of social media posts and arguments. we must remember that this is post WrestleMania and WWE is this way each and every single year and this is no different. We are hot off the heels of a stellar Money in the Bank PPV and now heading to NXT Takeover XXV which will not disappoint in the slightest. SO what’s left to do other than sit back, relax and enjoy Takeover XXV (or 25).
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Matt Riddle vs Roderick Strong
WOW, if we are opening Takeover XXV with this then we can rest assured that this as a pace setter is just going to be insane and fully set the tone for the night as a whole. Who needs it more? Has Roddy fully found a character that can go on a quality singles run in NXT with fans backing him? How ready is Riddle coming from a previous Takeover defeat? this is going to be a cracker of an opener and I’m not going to lie here but as much as I love the King of Bros I am a huge fan of Strong. Personally for me Riddle needs the win more, he is still fresh in NXT and needs momentum, perhaps needing a second bite at Dream’s North American title soon and Strong has a decent story going where a loss would be ok for him as a rivalry with Undisputed Era could still boil up further.
Winner: Matt Riddle
North American Championship: Velveteen Dream (c) vs Tyler Breeze
Its official Tyler Breeze is back in NXT, this is fantastic news and what a way to begin this next run! Potential Match of the night right here as both can tell incredible journeys in the ring. Dream is a fantastic Champion but having him move on the the NXT Championship again would be a bigger a deal for me. Breeze is taking the spot of Dijakovic who has an unfortunate injury but Breeze can steal this spot here, he is a veteran of sorts and a championship win over a huge star in NXT like Dream will make the universe stand and celebrate a huge moment for Tyler.
Winner: Tyler Breeze
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Ladder Match for Vacant NXT Tag Team Championships: Danny Burch Oney Locan vs The Street Profits vs Undisputed Era (Bobby Fish & Kyle O’Reilly) vs The Forgotten Sons
Hard Hitters, Fast movers, technical athletes & Power Houses this match has it all! here is an NXT ladder match which will closely compete to some of the best ladder matches in recent history, including the Men’s Money In The Bank & last years NXT Takeover from New Orleans. I have my favourites in this match (its all 4 teams) at Takeover XXV. I genuinely have love and respect for all these teams but who is riding the biggest wave? Forgotten Sons for sure, but Street Profits produced a stand out performance against War Raiders for the NXT titles a few weeks back and that made me realize that their time could be now. Lorcan & Burch just have something missing in respective characters which makes me think that they are the least favourite for this contest and with Ryker ready to swoop in this match as he supports Blake & Cutler then he could be the reason for a huge win for the Sons. This really could go any which way and I’m very excited to see it play out. this is going to be a 25 minute jaw wide open contest!!
Winners: Street Profits
NXT Women’s Championship: Shayna Baszler (c) vs Io Shirai
Shayna has dominated everyone, especially in singles competition but this is the match that I truly believe she is in most danger of dropping the gold. Io is riding a wave and the fan support is going to be intense for Io to pick up the gold. I really believe that this could be similar to Shayna’s loss to Kairi but with more intensity from Shirai and much more harder looking counters. Watch this space tonight as this is going to be incredible. Watch out again for Marina Shafir & Jessamyn Duke to get involved but I think the Women’s locker room can put a stop to that for once and this time allowing Io to become champion!
Winner: Io Shirai
NXT Championship: Johnny Gargano (c) vs Adam Cole (BAY BAY)
Can this really follow that instant classic 2 out of 3 falls from 8 weeks ago? yYur damn right it can and it will! Why and how you ask? Simple……. that final fall from the previous match was incredible and this match won’t be broken up by a fall and a break, this is going to be constant and I love that thought! this will be full of top spots and near falls and loud fan reactions but who do we as fans want to see win this more? Adam Cole as the face of NXT? Johnny Gargano to continue through after his crowning moment? Do we get Gargano v Tommaso Ciampa again down the line? so many questions but I have one winner here and its Adam Cole. Gargano had THAT crowning moment 8 weeks ago as he overcame all the odds and it was perfect it really was! But for me its time for Cole to become champion and face of this brand! Im ready for that and so should you be! Slowly dropping Undisputed Era in the coming weeks as he claims he used them to get to the top, its certainly a story to watch!
Winner: Adam Cole
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