NXT TakeOver: XXX | Predictions

Tonight, the 30th NXT TakeOver will be fascinating WWE fans all over the world, similarly, to the other 29 TakeOver’s to take place since 2014.

I am unsure if this show is happening in the Thunderdome, but NXT doesn’t need the spectacle, lights, fireworks and pyro to be exciting. They are notable for closed-in arenas with a fight feel not even RAW Underground can comprehend.

This show has some interesting matches on the card with most being quite difficult to predict. It really can go anyway. However, I’ve tried my best and even though I’ll probably be sweeped in losses, let’s see how I fair.

Here are my NXT TakeOver: XXX Predictions:


NXT Women’s Championship: Io Shirai (c) vs Dakota Kai

At the previous TakeOver, In Your House, Io Shirai was coronated as the top women on the NXT roster, outlasting Rhea Ripley and Charlotte Flair’s wrath.

Now she has her first TakeOver title defence against Dakota Kai.

Kai had that ultimate heel turn at WarGames last year, however, they haven’t capitalised on her momentum very well. This match should be unpredictable, however, I believe it is easily an Io Shirai retention.

It will be a great match, don’t get me wrong! Any match with Shirai is above standard, but I would have liked a bit of crunch to this plain and simple bout. Kai’s lackey, Raquel González, will certainly get involved. Despite this, Shirai should manage to outplay her or González’s interference costs Kai.

WWE have had a trend of teasing split ups lately. By 2021, there will most likely be no tag team’s left once they all squabble…

Prediction: Io Shirai


#1 Contender’s Match for the NXT Tag Team Championship: Breezango vs Burch & Lorcan vs Legado Del Fantasma

Imperium may not be defending their Tag Team Titles at NXT TakeOver: XXX, however, they should be keeping a close eye as their next challengers will be found out tonight.

Legado Del Fantasma seems like the logical choice. Their leader, Santos Escobar, is the Cruiserweight Champion and I’m sure they would love to all be draped in gold.

However, they are heels and heels vs heels isn’t usually something WWE build too. Therefore, I’ve chosen Danny Burch & Oney Lorcan to win this match.

They had that promo in the bar (before bars were opened) which makes it seem like WWE have hopes for this tag team. They have been around a while and always put on good matches, so, why not?

I’m sure the future Tag Team Championship match would be very engaging!

Prediction: Lorcan & Burch


Finn Balor vs Timothy Thatcher

During the chaos, post-Balor vs Dream, on the recent edition of NXT, Thatcher went right after Finn Balor. To me, that is enough reason for these guys to put on a clinic at NXT TakeOver: XXX.

They are both at the losing side of the NXT North American Championship #1 Contender spot and therefore, have to prove who is the better wrestler.

Balor has been doing great stuff since his return to NXT, however, I think Thatcher has this one. He is doing phenomenal stuff with his wrestling school, proving he takes this sport very seriously.

That serious he will do whatever it takes to beat Balor. Overall, the real winners are the fans that get to watch these two put on an amazing TakeOver style match!

Prediction: Timothy Thatcher


NXT North American Championship – Ladder Match: Damian Priest vs Bronson Reed vs Cameron Grimes vs Johnny Gargano vs Velveteen Dream

Speaking of this Ladder Match, it is the most intriguing match on the card!

Look at the talent!!! I love Keith Lee and would have enjoyed seeing him hold both straps, however, relinquishing the NA Title was the best decision because we get a match such as this one.

The North American Championship actually began in a thrilling ladder match, later won by Adam Cole. Therefore, this one has a lot to live up too.

Bronson Reed is the new big guy that WWE seems to have faith in. Damian Priest looks like the type of guy this Championship belongs too. Cameron Grimes is very lucky that Dexter Lumis got pulled out of the match by injury. He wouldn’t have got his place otherwise. Gargano will be doing insane moves during this and I can’t wait! Then there is Velveteen Dream. A new character. A new heel. Will it be ‘Dream Over’ for everyone else now?

Well, I think luck is the thing winning tonight. Cameron Grimes is going to cave in everyone’s opportunity to become Champion when he gets called “The NXT North American Champion”. Yeehaw!

Prediction: Cameron Grimes


Adam Cole vs Pat McAfee

How am I excited for a Pat McAfee match?!

Kickoff host, podcaster, Talk Show Host, Pat McAfee is in a personal feud with former NXT Champion, Adam Cole. And it is gonna be wicked?!

I can’t believe I am saying it but I think McAfee looks likr he can do well. The punt was shocking and this rivalry over Cole’s height puts Shorty G’s rivalries to shame!

I am also going all out and saying McAfee beats Adam Cole. No idea how it happens but I feel like there is much more drama to keeping this story rolling. Pat McAfee for the win!

Prediction: Pat McAfee


NXT Championship: Keith Lee (c) vs Karrion Kross

Finally, will it be tick tock for Keith Lee’s NXT Title reign?

Karrion Kross may be the quickest built character on the black and gold brand. He has literally only had six matches and here we are most likely ready to see a Kross Championship reign.

I’m not even angry about it. He does fit the look of holding this belt under hostage and should go on a long reign with it.

Keith Lee is amazing and will be cheered – title or not. It would be unfortunate that he would feel like a transitional champion, however, it works better for the deadly, Karrion Kross to beat the highly adored, Keith Lee.

Lee can then move up to the main roster perhaps? He feels bigger than NXT now and should be fighting with guys like Braun Strowman or “The Fiend”.

Whatever way they go, I’m excited to see these two unleash at each other like Godzilla vs King Kong.

Prediction: Karrion Kross


There you go! It is fair to say that NXT TakeOver: XXX is going to be exceptional like any other. They can’t call themselves an XXX show though, without RAW Underground strippers. 😦

Anyways, I hope you have a fun SummerSlam weekend. The WWE Thunderdome idea has a lot of potential and has actually got me excited to watch the shows again – even though I’ve lasted throughout the entire Lockdown… I’m a big fanboy, okay…

Let me know on Twitter who you are predicting and I’ll see you with my SummerSlam predictions tomorrow.

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