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DeMarco’s WWE NXT Takeover: In Your House Predictions & Preview

Greg DeMarco is here with his picks for Sunday’s WWE NXT Takeover: In Your House! Does he go obvious and pick Adam Cole?



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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!

Want to make wagers on the show, for entertainment purposes only?
Check out Steve Cook’s Gambling Picks for WWE NXT Takeover: In Your House!

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

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Triple Threat Match for the NXT Women’s Championship
Charlotte Flair (c) vs. Io Shirai vs. Rhea Ripley

We could be looking at the show-stealer here. Rhea Ripley and Charlotte Flair recently put on a classic match at WrestleMania 36, and Triple H has already told us just how good Io Shirai is.

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

Don’t miss Steven Mitchell’s coverage of WWE NXT Takeover: In Your House
Tonight here at theChairshot.com!

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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Greg DeMarco’s Good, Bad, & Ugly: WWE Smackdown On FOX (November 3, 2023)

It’s the go-home show for WWE Crown Jewel, and Smackdown is in full force! As is Greg’s Good, Bad, & Ugly review!



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It’s the go-home show for WWE Crown Jewel, and Smackdown is in full force! As is Greg’s Good, Bad, & Ugly review!

WWE Smackdown On FOX sends us home for the Crown Jewel premium live event, so it has to be strong. But is it? Maybe it’s Good. Possibly it’s Bad? I sure hope it isn’t Ugly.

Let’s find out!

If you haven’t checked out Mitchell’s Results & Review for this episode of Smackdown, go and check it out now!


  • Roman Reigns & LA Knight In Ring Promo – Last week LA Knight got the better of Roman, so it made sense for Roman to get it all back this week. And he did just that. “Redneck Cosplay of my cousin” was a fantastic line from Roman Reigns, but “I ain’t here to finish something” from LA Knight got a bigger reaction from me. Roman calling himself the megastar was also a phenomenal line. Good stuff all around.
  • Kevin Owens vs. Austin Theory – Kevin Patrick keeping “The 150 million hit man” schtick going for Austin Theory is so great. Milk that for all it’s worth! “What is your issue with Kevin Owens’ face?” “LOOK AT IT, MAN!” Absolutely brilliant shit. “How’s that feel, idiot?” Grayson Waller should be on commentary every week, for every match. And this match, by the way, was really good. Austin Theory has settled into his current role, showing he understands the WWE cycle. And Owens is Owens.
  • Backstage Series Of Events – We had the Bianca Belair interview where she was attacked by Damage Ctrl, followed by The Street Profits & Bobby Lashley running into Logan Paul and then B-Fab. Flowed well, no issues for me.
  • Chelsea Green & Piper Niven vs. Shotzi Blackheart & Charlotte Flair – No surprise that Charlotte Flair was the partner, and no surprise that Alba Fyre and Isla Dawn made an appearance. This was a perfectly fine TV match–didn’t set the world on fire, but also wasn’t Bad or Ugly. This was a step in this story, and an effective one.
  • The Brawling Brutes vs. Pretty Deadly in a Good Ol’ Fashioned Donnybrook! – Shout out to Sheamus, whose return I look forward to seeing. With Ridge really coming into his own, we’re to the point where all four of these guys range from good to great to fantastic on any given night. Putting Pretty Deadly into any “manly fight” is always guaranteed entertainment. Really, Pretty Deadly in anything is typically guaranteed entertainment. Pretty Deadly picking up the win was not a shock, although I’d have loved to see Butch and Ridge Holland pick up a win here. Given the rules (or lack thereof) of this match, Pretty Deadly basically won clean here.
  • Rey Mysterio vs. Logan Paul Crown Jewel Weigh-In – A very effective way to pretape something, which saves time as part of a double taping. It was essentially a go home promo, but done in a different way. I liked it. It also smoothly transitions into the rundown of the card by the commentary team, which I always appreciate.
  • Bianca Belair vs. Bayley – If you know me, you know that Bianca can be hit or miss for me. She can’t “work with anyone,” but she can definitely work with Bayley. Bayley, of course, is money with anything she does. Both women delivered a main event quality match, and no one should complain that Bianca Belair won. She’s challenging for the Women’s Championship in less than 24 canon hours, so she needs to win. Bayley is a made woman, losing here doesn’t hurt her one bit.
  • “Just Enough Nick” Nick Aldis Usage – Triple H has done an amazing job of establishing Nick Aldis. Three weeks in and he already “belongs.” Much of that is attributed to how Aldis carries himself. But they are also using him to the right degree. It’s not too much, but it’s also not too little. Adam Pearce could miss two weeks of Raw and when he shows back up, it all makes sense. For Aldis, he needs to be very present, but not overbearing or “shoved down our throats.” They have the right balance.


  • Solo Sikoa & John Cena In Ring Promo – John Cena, lost voice and all, completely buries Solo Sikoa. He “cooks” Solo, as promised. And, as Cena does, he makes Solo look like crap. Bargain Basement Tazz Rip Off? C’mon man, you’re better than that. But here’s the real problem: what happens if Solo loses? Cena made him look like a loser, and then proves that he is? Solo has to win this match. If he doesn’t, and Cena is gone, then Solo is left out in the cold. And you don’t want to do that to Solo Sikoa at this point of his career.


  • Misstep for Theory – Referencing Halloween as if it hadn’t already happened. You can edit this episode–c’mon, man!
  • Kevin Owens’ Crotch Chop – C’mon, man! We’re better than crotch chops in 2023.

The Verdict

  • Good – 8
  • Bad – 1
  • Ugly – 2

In all honesty this was a damn good show. Milwaukee showed out considering they’d already seen 2 hours of Smackdown before this was taped. Good on them, and good on WWE for a great go home show for Crown Jewel.

Interesting of note – the pictures for this show that are posted to the WWE website are uploaded in the order the matches and segments were recorded, not the order in which they aired. Just a little tidbit that I found interesting.

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Greg DeMarco’s Wrestling Ratings Report: Monday Night Raw (10/30/2023) & WWE NXT (10/31/2023)

Greg DeMarco takes a look at your Monday and Tuesday night TV ratings. What do they mean? Do they matter?



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Greg DeMarco takes a look at your Monday and Tuesday night TV ratings. What do they mean? Do they matter?

Settle in for a look at this week’s ratings for WWE Monday Night Raw and WWE NXT Halloween Havoc Night 2! Both were up against some stiff competition–let’s see how they fared!

WWE Monday Night Raw (October 30, 2023)

  • Hour #1 – 1.466 million viewers, .44 demo rating, #6 for the night on cable
  • Hour #2 – 1.450 million viewers, .46 demo rating #5 for the night on cable
  • Hour #3 – 1.256 million viewers, .39 demo rating, #8 for the night on cable

WWE Monday Night Raw for October 30, 2023 faced some stiff competition on Monday night. You had Monday Night Football as normal–which aired on both ESPN and ABC–along with the usual peripheral shows (Monday Night Football Postgame, Monday Night Football Kickoff, SportsCenter, and the Monday Night Countdown, which factored into the Top 10). 6.851 million people watched Monday Night Football on ESPN, a number that more than doubles when you factor in ABC.

What does it all mean? It means that outside of Monday Night Football–on cable–WWE Monday Night Raw was the top rated show. If you take away all things NFL, Raw finishes #1, #2, and #3 for the night. Viewership did drop off for our 3, but that’s the 10 PM hour that sees kids go to bed and people checking on the Monday Night Football and World Series games.

Speaking of which, that’s another factor to consider–the World Series! 8.126 million people watched the World Series on FOX (not really that good), with another 8.356 million watching Monday Night Football on ABC (yes, more than the World Series) for a decent-at-best Lions vs Raiders match-up.

In summary, it was another successful night for WWE Monday Night Raw, which was the go-home edition of the program. You can check out my Good Bad & Ugly look at Monday’s Raw, where I gave the show an overall “Good” rating. Haven’t watched yet? Give Mitchell’s live coverage a read.

Listen to this week’s edition of Bandwagon Nerds!

WWE NXT Halloween Havoc Night 2 (October 31, 2023)

  • Entire Broadcast – 674 thousand viewers, .20 demo rating, #6 for the night on cable

WWE NXT (Halloween Havoc Night 2) for October 31, 2023, had to deal with a myriad of external factors this week. First is the most obvious–it was Halloween! Many people had plans, Trick-Or-Treat escapades and more. That right there will be a detriment to any ratings results. Add in two live NBA games, each drawing over a million viewers for TNT. Combine it all together and WWE NXT was the top rated program that wasn’t sports programming on TNT or ESPN. Hell, the entire Top 12 consisted of ESPN and TNT sports programming, plus NXT.

It’s easy to call this a failure since viewership was lost week over week. But that’s very shortsighted. The fact remains that NXT was among the most watched programming for the night, holding its own against live sports and sports-peripheral programming.  If you’re WWE and USA Network, you’re nothing but happy with these results.

NXT, of course, featured the second week of Halloween Havoc, headlined by Ilja Dragunov defending the NXT Championship against Carmelo Hayes in the third match of their trilogy. Along with that you had The Creed Brothers in a Tables, Ladders, and Scares (Chairs) match with Angel Garza & Humberto Carrillo, Lola Vice vs. Kelani Jordan in the finals of the Women’s Breakout Tournament, and much more.

I’d call the Tuesday program a ratings success. My Good, Bad, & Ugly review of NXT Halloween Havoc Night 2 is available here, where I called it “Good” overall. If you haven’t seen the show yet, check out Mitchell’s play-by-play.

As the weeks roll on, I will compile some historical data and look more about week-over-week (and beyond) patterns in all of my ratings reports.

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