Greg DeMarco is here with his picks for Sunday’s WWE NXT Takeover: In Your House! Does he go obvious and pick Adam Cole?
Christmas comes 5 (or so) times per year for NXT fans, and Sunday is Christmas once again. What does Santa Paul have in his sack (of presents)? Six matches of greatness called WWE NXT Takeover: In Your House!
But just like little kids speculate what presents sit under the tree, it’s fun for us to analyze and predict the outcomes of the show. Who will win? Read on and see!
Last Chance Backlot Brawl for the NXT Championship
Adam Cole © vs. Velveteen Dream
This match represents Dream’s last shot at the NXT Championship, at least while Cole holds the title. For Adam Cole, the result is in doubt as it was rumored that his contract is expiring in August, and that is further escalated by his appearing in a photo from an AEW party (that he was attending with real-life bae Britt Baker). However, my boy Rajah disputes that report, and I think the booking of Cole supports his claims.
To me this comes down to the future outlook of both guys. Cole is doing his life’s best work on NXT, and should continue to carry the brand for quite some time. I could see internal struggles for the Undisputed Era carrying us through the next few months. As for Velveteen Dream, I’ve long seen him as a “main roster” act, and Raw or Smackdown would be a great environment for him to work. Personally, I’d go Smackdown, where he can work with Bruce Prichard, who is stronger working with character driven acts.
Winner and STILL WWE NXT Champion: Adam Cole
Triple Threat Match for the NXT Women’s Championship
Charlotte Flair (c) vs. Io Shirai vs. Rhea Ripley
Charlotte Flair and Finn Balor both seem out of place on NXT at the moment, especially when we still get reports of talent getting “called up to the main roster.” Pay-wise, and visibility-wise, NXT is definitely the third brand, and those two have been top stars on the aforementioned main roster. I think it’s time for Charlotte Flair to return to Raw and fill the void left by Becky Lynch.
Now we all know that #LOLCHARLOTTEWINS is a real thing, and this match is set up to ensure that #LOLCHARLOTTEDOESNTLOSE. It’s very easy for the recently anointed best woman in the world, Io Shirai, to steal Charlotte’s pin on Rhea Ripley and win the NXT Women’s Championship without the G.O.A.T. losing the fall.
Winner and NEW WWE NXT Women’s Champion – Io Shirai
Tommaso Ciampa vs. Karrion Kross (w/Scarlett)
Not gonna lie, Kross seems slightly out of place in NXT. I am not sure if it’s that he belongs on the (here we go again) main roster, or if he’s out of place in the entire WWE. It’s too early to tell, and I’m hoping I am proven wrong here.
Tommaso Ciampa is the once self-professed “lifer” for the black and gold standard, but recently said he’d be more open to a run on Raw and/or Smackdown. I don’t see that move happening now, as I think it happens after he and Johnny Gargano really finally actually end their feud, which I think ends in a Loser Leaves NXT (and shows up in the Royal Rumble) Match later this year.
As for this one, my concerns about Kross are not enough to sway my prediction.
Winner: Karrion Kross
NXT North American Championship
Keith Lee © vs. Johnny Gargano
To me we are discussing the perfect opening match for Takeover. I also think the match is going to deliver and could steal Match Of The Night honors from the women’s triple threat. Lee is a beast in that ring, and Gargano has no problems bumping his ass off for bigger stars.
Sit back and enjoy what’s going to be one hell of a ride. I see Keith Lee getting a huge win here, but I also don’t think this is the end of their feud.
Winner and STILL WWE NXT North American Champion: Keith Lee
Finn Balor vs. Damian Priest
We’re in 2020, where the face/heel dynamic is largely blown up. But this one is still hard to mark, because both men are decidedly heel in the encounter. Angry Prince Finn Balor hasn’t exactly set the world on fire in his second NXT run. He largely seems out of place, and I really hope we see his exit soon. I am all for Raw and Smackdown stars coming to NXT, but I vote it’s not former world champions and/or main event acts. Either brand could really benefit from Balor today.
As for Priest, he has the look, skill, and promo ability to be a big star. All he needs is a signature win, and I honestly think he’s getting at In Your House.
Winner: Damian Priest
Mia Yim, Shotzi Blackheart, & Tegan Nox vs. Candice LeRae, Dakota Kai, & Raquel González
I am all for Takeovers having six matches, and this is the perfect addition to the card. It means no NXT Tag Team Championship Match, but this one will be tons of fun. Multiple programs intersect here, as we have Yim vs. Candice, Tegan vs. Dakota and the peripheral characters in that program with Shotzi and Raquel.
I already have too many heels going over (although one match features all heels), so I am taking the babyfaces here.
Winners: Mia Yim, Shotzi Blackheart, & Tegan Nox
So, who you got? Drop your answers in the comments below or below this article in our Facebook Group!
Greg DeMarco is a life-long wrestling fan who has been providing analysis and perspective online since 2010. He’s also worked for various wrestling promotions including the NWA and Ring Of Honor, and currently promotes IZW Wrestling in Arizona.
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