NXT is starting to heat back up after many people began questioning the brand’s popularity.
This Saturday, the yellow brand enters Chicago for the first time in a special edition of Takeover that does not come before one of the main four PPV shows of the year.
This card has a lot be excited for so lets get into it.
Bobby Roode vs. Hideo Itami (L) NXT Championship: I don’t think Itami is quite there just yet with the crowd. That’s not to say he won’t be, but because of his injuries, he still has some work to do to get the WWE Universe behind him. At this point I don’t see anyone who can take the NXT Championship off Roode. Guys like Itami, Roderick Strong, Drew McIntyre and Kasisus Ohno will no doubt be contenders one day but for now this is Bobby Roode’s NXT.
Asuka vs. Nikki Cross (L) vs. Ruby Riot (L) NXT Women’s Championship: Asuka has not lost since arriving in NXT and this is not the night. This was originally a Fatal 4-way involving Ember Moon. She suffered an injury at the hands of Asuka during a taping. This sets up a story that is almost too perfect. Ember Moon should be the one to win the championship and she should do it at Brooklyn.
DIY vs. Authors of Pain (L) NXT Tag Team Championship: Because this match was turned into a ladder match, I think DIY takes it. This allows the Authors of Pain to lose without looking weak and being pinned. The Authors of Pain could be on their way to the main roster. They have dominated since arriving on the scene and don’t have much left to do.
Pete Dunne vs. Tyler Bate (L) U.K. Championship: I love both of these men. They are incredible talents and the future is bright for these young U.K. stars. While Bate is my favorite, I understand why the belt needs to be on Pete Dunne. He is the only heel being built up right now and he is a damn good one. If WWE wants to do a U.K. show, they need a heel champion that all the baby faces can chase.
Roderick Strong vs. Eric Young (L): Roderick Strong needs this match much more than Eric Young. Strong just lost his opportunity at a title shot in a hell of a match with Itami. This is the perfect rebound match for him where he can take down Young and look very strong doing it because he will have to defeat all of Sanity to pick up the win.