Saturday, June 16, 2018

NXT TakeOver: Chicago Predictions

I am so excited for this match. The rivalry, like most involving Velveteen Dream, is so simple, yet so good. Their interactions have been great so far. After they were both involved in a classic ladder match at TakeOver, it became a singles match I was clamoring for. Part of me thinks Ricochet wins, since he could use a big one this soon. However, I'm gonna go with the Dream to possibly set up Black/Dream II in Brooklyn.

Winner: The Velveteen Dream

What more is there to say about this feud? It's the best of the year and was great even before Ciampa returned. Their Orlando match was damn near perfect. I fully expect this to be just as good, because these are two of the best. Johnny Gargano has two of my top five matches this year and he may make it three of five. I'm gonna say Ciampa wins and we possibly get a tiebreaker in Brooklyn.

Winner: Tommaso Ciampa

This has all sorts of sleeper potential. Lorcan and Burch are one of my favorite teams because they wrestle a style I dig. The same goes for Roderick Strong and Kyle O'Reilly. Go in expecting a really good, hard hitting match and the Undisputed Era to retain. Anyone else think it's weird that Adam Cole isn't on this show?

Winners: The Undisputed Era

I've been calling for Nikki Cross as Women's Champion for such a long time. I still wish she would've ended Asuka's streak in NXT. As happy as I am to see her get a singles Women's Title match on a TakeOver, there's no way she wins. Shayna's reign shouldn't end so soon and I think she has a big match at Brooklyn (Candice or Kairi). Plus, Nikki may be joining the rest of SAnitY since they've still yet to debut.

Winner: Shayna Baszler

Just give me a moment where Lars either no sells the Black Mass or kicks out at one. Lars is amazing and Black is fantastic. This has loads of potential and should be the big coming out party for those who still doubt Lars. Black should retain, but it'll be the star making performance for Lars.

Winner: Aleister Black