NXT TakeOver Orlando Preview.

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Amanda covers NXT and WWE's Women's Division for Kayfabe Today.
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Matches

Bobby Roode (C) vs Shinsuke Nakamura – NXT Championship match

Asuka (C) vs Ember Moon – NXT Women’s Championship match

Authors of Pain (C) vs #DIY vs The Revival – NXT Tag Team Championship elimination match

Aleister Black vs Andrade ‘Cien’ Almas

SAnitY vs Tye Dillinger, No Way Jose, Roderick Strong and Ruby Riot

 

Preview

SAnitY vs Tye Dillinger, No Way Jose, Roderick Strong and Ruby Riot

A late addition to the card, but one that has been building up for a while. The problems between Tye Dillinger and SAnitY started way back at the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic, when Bobby Roode left Dillinger to be beaten up by SAnitY during their match. Since then, Eric Young has decided that he wants Dillinger as part of his group, and that the best way to get him is apparently to beat him and his friends up at every opportunity.

Dillinger, unsurprisingly, has other ideas. Since joining up with Roderick Strong and No Way Jose they’ve battled SAnitY a couple of times, and a war have words has been had. But SAnitY have maintained a numbers advantage in the form of Nikki Cross. The only woman of the group has a ferocity and aggression that makes her more than a match for her male counterparts, and she is often the difference-maker.

That changed last week, when Dillinger and co. were joined by new NXT signing Ruby Riot (previously known on the indies as Heidi Lovelace). Now, with the teams squared up and even, the (hopefully) final battle can commence.

This storyline has been going on a while by NXT standards, which suggests it is drawing to a close. It is also likely that Tye Dillinger will be heading to the main roster, finally, after making an appearance at Royal Rumble. While SAnitY have been a force to be reckoned with since their arrival, I think this is one where the good guys get a win.

Prediction: Tye Dillinger, No Way Jose, Roderick Strong and Ruby Riot

 

Aleister Black vs Andrade ‘Cien’ Almas

This one is quick and easy. It’s the debut match for Aleister Black (previously known as Tommy End). The fact he’s been given a TakeOver debut is only right and proper considering the sheer talent and star-power of the man. The choice of Almas as an opponent seems a little random, but I guess time will tell if it’s a one off, or if they have a storyline planned. Either way, they should have a great match. I can’t see any sense or reason in a scenario where Black doesn’t win.

Prediction: Aleister Black

 

Authors of Pain (C) vs #DIY vs The Revival – NXT Tag Team Championship Elimination match

This is the toughest match to call, so much depends on the future plans for the three teams. Both DIY and The Revival are more than ready for main roster duties, and the tag divisions on the main roster could certainly do with them, but are NXT ready to lose their top teams?

Authors of Pain, with manager/handler Paul Ellering, have been spectacularly dominant since their arrival in NXT, but they have shown occasional weakness in the face of the talent and speed of the other two teams. The Revival aren’t above fighting dirty to get the result they want either. Essentially an argument could be made for any one of the teams to win this match, especially with the elimination rules being in play.

I think it is likely The Revival are main roster bound in the near future, so for that reason I’m discounting them. #DIY came close to beating Authors of Pain last time and, while I suspect there won’t be a title change, I’m going to go with heart over head.

Prediction: #DIY

 

Asuka (C) vs Ember Moon – NXT Women’s Championship match

The battle of the undefeated. This match has been coming since Ember Moon debuted, it’s just taken a while to get here. Asuka has now been built as so strong I believe that her keeping the title any longer would negatively impact the NXT women’s division. If Ember Moon can’t beat her, and no-one else has come close, then what are NXT’s women fighting for. Of course, it could be that they are saving Asuka’s defeat for Nikki Cross, or for one of the new signees we’re seeing trickle in from the independent circuit, but I don’t think so.

To me, Moon looks like the natural successor to Asuka. She’s been built strong, never having been defeated in singles competition in NXT, but isn’t yet at the level of unattainability of the current champion. So, if Moon wins, she will be a tough challenge, rather than an unassailable mountain to climb.

There is also the main roster factor, as there always is in NXT. Asuka has done everything she needs to in NXT, has appeared at a main roster house show already, and is desperately needed on the main roster, in either brand. It’s been an amazing title run for her, but it’s time for it to end.

Prediction: Ember Moon

 

Bobby Roode (C) vs Shinsuke Nakamura – NXT Championship match

Shinsuke Nakamura is coming at this match off an injury angle. A storyline injury, incurred during his last match with Bobby Roode, which has kept him off tv and out of the picture for weeks. Roode, on the other hand, is coming from a successful defence against Kassius Ohno.

The rumours of a Nakamura call up are strong, and I see no benefit in putting the title back on him. As annoying as I find Bobby Roode, he’s the right choice for NXT champion with the current roster. Quite frankly, Nakamura has looked a bit bored in recent months, it’s time for him to go and play on the big stage now, and he knows it as well as everyone else.

I’m sure the posturing contest in this match will be at least as strong as the match, maybe more so. There is a lot of posing and affectation when these two get together. It’ll be a decent enough match, it might even be a great match, but I can’t see a title change happening.

Prediction: Bobby Roode

 

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