Friday, May 31, 2019

An Old Nerd Comes Down Off His AEW High To Predict Takeover 25

Here for all of this.
This is a bit of a weird NXT Takeover for me. In one sense, it’s a return to old-school form, in that it’s not pinned to a Big Four main roster PPV. In other ways, well, I’ve felt disconnected from NXT since Mania. It’s less NXT’s fault and more of the dissatisfaction with the main roster bleeding over to the rest of the product. So I’ve enjoyed matches but haven’t felt connected to the stories. For the most part. Luckily, NXT’s more logical booking helps with the predicting.

Burch and Lorcan, Street Profits, Undisputed Era, Forgotten Sons (NXT Tag, Ladder)

I missed that this was a ladder match and I missed that the Viking Experience War Raiders had abdicated the titles, so take this prediction with a pillar of salt, but unless they’re finally pulling the trigger on Undisputed Era Dominance, which I don’t think they are, Street Profits walk away with the belts after almost beating VEWR twice.

Matt Riddle vs. Roderick Strong

Again, assuming the UE aren’t sweeping, they need one win, and this non-title match would be the way to go. Strong is the only Era member to win, reopening their divide they teased earlier.

Velveteen Dream vs. Tyler Breeze (North American)

First prediction - I am going to mark the fuck out for this match. I love Breeze, I love Dream, I love the possible dynamics of the match and the showmanship of all of it and it’s gonna be great. But Dream’s gonna retain because Dream’s gonna hole that NA belt for a good long while.

Shayna Baszler vs. Io Shirai (Women’s)

Given the way they’ve booked Baszler in the past, I don’t see her losing the belt here. There may be some DQ bullshit or shenanigans, but I can’t see them putting the belt on Shirai this early in her run when they refused to put it on Belair after letting her get so close. 

Johnny Gargano vs. Adam Cole (Men’s)

Again, unless they go for an Era sweep, I don’t see Gargano losing this. He’s been crowned too damn recently to take it away from him. Gargano retains.

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