NXT TakeOver: New Orleans Predictions
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It looks set to be another brilliant NXT before WWE presents Wrestlemania 34 as NXT heads to the Smoothie King Centre. Any match on the card has the potential to be rated 5 stars with the performers involved, From the 6 Man Ladder Match for the inaugural North American championship to Andrade ”Cien” Almas defending the NXT championship against Aleister Black. Also, the feud between Johnny Gargano and Tomasso Ciampa are set to collide after Ciampa cost Johnny Gargano his job. Here is a rundown of my predictions.
Johnny Gargano vs Tommaso Ciampa – Unsanctioned Match
Johnny looks set to have his feel-good moment finally realised as he overcomes his evil former partner Tommaso Ciampa. In this unsanctioned match between the two, If Gargano wins, he will be reinstated to NXT but if Ciampa wins, Gargano will be banned from NXT. After weeks of torment from Ciampa, Johnny needs that feel good moment everyone wants to see after his failure to gain the NXT championship. Also, if their match is anything like their match in the Cruiserweight Classic, it should be an insane match.
Adam Cole vs. EC3 vs. Killian Dain vs. Lars Sullivan vs. Ricochet vs. Velveteen Dream – Ladder match for the inaugural NXT North American Championship
So much talent is involved in this match including NXT’s latest marquee signings of EC3 and Ricochet. Ricochet having one of the most insane ariel arsenal out of anyone in the business, so will make for a highly entertaining match. EC3 will have a point to prove, as it will be his first match since he released from the WWE, returning after conquering TNA. Killian Dain is going from strength to strength as he looks like the breakout member of SaniTy, being a high flying big man helping his case. Lars Sullivan is just one crazed guy and should demonstrate a powerful move set throughout. The Velveteen Dream has had a breakout year and has one of the best characters today. Adam Cole pulling double duty as he also scheduled to compete for the Tag Team championships. Cole will show why he is one of the best wrestlers in the world. There is too many great competitors to choose out of, so I’m going to go with the Velveteen Dream as I would like to see him win it them most.
Velveteen Dream wins
The Undisputed Era (Adam Cole and Kyle O’Reilly) (c) vs. The Authors of Pain (Akam and Rezar) vs. Roderick Strong and Pete Dunne – Triple threat tag team match for the NXT Tag Team Championship and Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic trophy
A lot of last minute booking with the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic this year down to injuries to Tyler Bate and Bobby Fish, leaving the championship and the trophy to be decided in a triple threat tag team match. I think with the Undisputed Era and The Authors of Pain already holding the titles, I think Pete Dunn and Roderick Strong will win in what should be a tag team classic.
Roderick Strong and Pete Dunne win
Ember Moon (c) vs. Shayna Baszler – Singles match for the NXT Women’s Championship
I think Ember Moon is going to go to the main roster soon so u think she’ll drop the title here. Shayna’s win will coincide with Rondas win at Wrestlemania, hopefully leading to a heel turn from Rowdy, but that’s far from likely. Ember Moon and Shayna Baszler put on a great performance at NXT Philadelphia so this should be no different.
Shayna Baszler wins
Andrade “Cien” Almas (c) (with Zelina Vega) vs. Aleister Black – Singles match for the NXT Championship
Andrade Almas has been a great champion since winning it from Drew Mcintyre. Almas and Gargano putting on 5 star match at NXT Philadelphia showing how good Almas has actually become. Almas is great, especially alongside Zelina Vega, and looks the part as champion and I expect him to do well on the main roster. Becuase of this I expect, Aleister Black to win here as he looks to head the NXT roster if Almas moves up to the main roster. Black putting on great matches himself, especially that match with the Velveteen Dream.