How crazy is it that there’s already been 25 NXT TakeOver events?
It seems like just last week we were seeing the likes of Tyler Breeze, The Ascension, Sami Zayn, Charlotte Flair, and Sami Zayn showcase their skills on the first-ever TakeOver. Now a little over five years later, we get to see a new crop of talent take center stage.
NXT TakeOver XXV will air live this Saturday from the Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, Connecticut. There are five official matches on the card, four being title matches and one non-title bout.
I have once again been entrusted with making predictions for the show, so let’s see how well I do this time around!
Matt Riddle vs. Roderick Strong
Up first is the only non-title match on the card. Strong and his Undisputed Era stablemates have been a thorn in Riddle’s side for a while now. It all started when The Original Bro came to the aid of NXT Champion, Johnny Gargano, after he was attacked by the Undisputed Era.
Since then, there have been numerous confrontations between them and it all comes to a head on Saturday night.
This should be pretty solid; both men are very talented and have shown they are capable of putting on quality matches. With that being said, the outcome is rather obvious: Riddle is picking up the win. It seems as if he’s in the middle of a push right now, so it wouldn’t make sense for him to lose here.
Strong losing might also push him to his breaking point and could cause him to do something drastic later in the night, but we’ll get to that later. For now, Riddle will be the one emerging victorious.
Winner: Matt Riddle
NXT Tag Team Championship Ladder Match: Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch vs. The Street Profits (Angelo Dawkins & Montez Ford) vs. The Forgotten Sons (Wesley Blake & Steve Cutler) vs. The Undisputed Era (Kyle O’Reilly & Bobby Fish)
Next, we see who will become the new faces of the NXT tag team division.
War Raiders/The Viking Experience/The Viking Raiders were the NXT Tag Team Champions heading into the event, but relinquished the titles after being drafted to RAW in the 2019 Superstar Shake-Up. They had one final defense against The Street Profits, but it ended in a disqualification after Lorcan & Burch and The Forgotten Sons got involved in the match.
With the former title holders on the main roster, it’s now time to crown new champions. O’Reilly & Fish would be an obvious choice, but also one that wouldn’t make much sense. They don’t really need to win the titles again and weren’t really involved in this tag team storyline to begin with.
This leaves Lorcan & Burch, The Street Profits, and The Forgotten Sons. Out of these three teams, I have a feeling that it’s The Street Profits’ time to shine. Dawkins & Ford have come close to tasting championship gold on numerous occasions, but could never quite finish the job. I think that all ends at TakeOver XXV.
Lorcan & Burch will probably always be a filler team and never champions, no matter how talented they are. Then there’s The Forgotten Sons; I’m still not sold on them and they just aren’t that interesting to me. They have no business winning here, but unfortunately, stranger things have happened before.
Regardless, I’m still going with The Street Profits.
Winners: The Street Profits
NXT North American Championship: Velveteen Dream (c.) vs. Tyler Breeze
Then we move onto a rather intriguing match-up. Breeze hasn’t been in NXT since 2015, but returned during last week’s NXT TV episode to interrupt and eventually attack NXT North American Champion Velveteen Dream. It was then announced that the two would clash at TakeOver XXV with the title on the line.
Prince Pretty hasn’t had the opportunity to showcase his skills on the main roster like he did back in NXT. It will be great to see him go out there and prove that he hasn’t lost a step. This should be a highly entertaining match that could quite possibly steal the show.
As fun as this might be, I think it’s rather obvious that Dream is retaining the title. There’s no need to take the belt off him just yet, especially if Breeze isn’t staying down in NXT permanently.
So, for at least a little while longer, The Velveteen Dream Experience is still on.
Winner: Velveteen Dream
NXT Women’s Championship: Shayna Baszler (c.) vs. Io Shirai
Now we move onto the women’s division. Ever since she defeated Kairi Sane for the final time in NXT, Baszler has had her sights set on Shirai. While The Queen of Spades looks to continue her reign of dominance, Shirai looks to exact revenge on the champion for decimating her friend.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve almost always picked Baszler to win whatever match she was a part of. This time will be no different; I still don’t think the time is right for her to drop the title.
I know at some point she’s going to lose it, but I personally think it shouldn’t be to Shirai. While she’s extremely talented, I would like to see another feud between Baszler and Mia Yim. I’ve said before that I wanted Yim to be the one to dethrone the champion and I still stand by that statement.
That’s why I’m going with Baszler to retain once again; all hail the queen!
Winner: Shayna Baszler
NXT Championship: Johnny Gargano (c.) vs. Adam Cole
Finally, we come to a rematch from NXT TakeOver: New York. Gargano defeated Cole in a two-out-of-three-falls match to capture the vacant NXT Championship, and the leader of The Undisputed Era hasn’t quite gotten over the loss.
He’s claimed for weeks now that he’s the uncrowned NXT Champion, arguing that if it was a normal match, he would have won the title since he scored the first pinfall. Not only has Cole had to deal with challenging Gargano once again, but also the growing tension within The Undisputed Era.
Do I want Cole to finally win the NXT Championship? Absolutely. Do I think he’s going to win it at TakeOver XXV? Probably not, because I have a sneaking suspicion that Strong is going to cost him in some form or fashion. There has to be some kind of payoff from all this turmoil, and I highly doubt them kissing and making up is going to be it.
So as much as I would love for Cole to take his rightful place at the top of NXT, Gargano will probably retain this time around.
Winner: Johnny Gargano
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