Wednesday, June 8, 2016
One of, if not the easiest results to pick. Tye Dillinger has carved out a nice role as a guy that wins sometimes, but mostly loses to the top stars of NXT. He was there to take the debut loss to Apollo Crews and to take an early loss to Shinsuke Nakamura. Andrade Almas, formerly known as La Sombra, has been getting rave reviews for his work ethic and performances on live events. I suspect he'll be a big part of NXT once some of the roster clears out for the brand split. Almas wins his debut.
Winner: Andrade "Cien" Almas
When considering dream matches and such for the past few years, this one never came to mind. I'm a big fan of both guys yet I never thought of it. This should be the best match on the card. There's a certain formula to Shinsuke Nakamura's big matches that works. It did against AJ Styles at Wrestle Kingdom, it did against Sami Zayn in Dallas and I assume it will here too. He's probably been itching for a legit match considering his last two months have been squash matches. If both guys are to stick around in NXT, I fully expect Aries to turn heel. NXT is in DIRE need new top heels and Aries fits the mold. He loses here, furthering the fans' decision to choose Nakamura over him and sending him over the edge.
Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura
The more I think about their match in Dallas, the more I realize how great it was. It was actually the best tag match I've seen in WWE and probably anywhere period this year so far. While I don't believe they'll be able to recapture the magic of the Dallas crowd and things like that, this should still be a very worthy sequel. Both teams are among the best going anywhere, each with their own unique personalities, and I'm very much looking forward to this. The champs need to retain here though.
Winners: American Alpha
I'll admit this one is a bit of a tough situation. I can't see Asuka being built up this well since her debut only to lost the title in her first defense. However, considering the way Nia Jax has been built up twice, it would be strange for her to lose here. Last time, she destroyed Bayley only to tap out. I don't think she destroys Asuka. Instead, it's gonna be two women going at it in a bit of a war. I'm gonna say that NXT does the right thing and keeps the strap on Asuka. The only way I see a title change is if Asuka is main roster bound.
I like Finn Balor. I like Samoa Joe. I'm tired of this feud though. Their match in London was solid at best, while the Dallas one nearly reached great potential but had a lot of stoppages for Joe's blood, which hurt it for me. This could possibly be the best of their series and the outcome should be obvious. Like the other champions, I think Samoa Joe has to retain. He lost twice to Balor on TakeOvers already and a third would kill him. It's about time Balor goes to the main roster and joins the Club angle.
Winner: Samoa Joe