It was two months ago since NXT: War Games, which was their last major event. There are five matches set, and each match could be the main event, a regular episode of NXT. What is the most intriguing aspect of this show is that each match could steal the show. The Wrestling World is competing with Valentine’s Day, but the great thing about Takeover events is that fans usually love them. The action takes place on the WWE Network, the event starts at 7:00 p.m. ET, but the Pre-Show begins at 6:30 p.m. ET. This has the makings of what could be a fantastic show, and I think it has the potential to be one of NXT’s biggest shows. Here is a short preview of the card and my predictions for the show, and I will finish with a programming note. I will be part of the live watch along on the Fightful Scraps Youtube page, and we will have a Post Show on Shooting The Sportish’s sister network Smark to Death.
NXT Championship — Finn Balor (c) vs. Pete Dunne: Pete Dunne will more than likely have Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch with him for his big match against Finn Balor. It’s too bad Pat McAfee won’t be around, or at least I assume. Dunne and his guys have attacked Balor many times, and it helped Balor ally with The Undisputed Era. It will be interesting to see if that alliance stays in-tact for Balor. Dunne will be an NXT champion sometime this year, but he won’t be winning Sunday. Finn Balor will retain.
Women’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Finals — Dakota Kai & Raquel González vs. Ember Moon & Shotzi Blackheart: Triple H and company have been putting a lot of attention on Ember Moon and Shotzi Blackheart. It’s no secret that many believe Shotzi has the potential to be up there in the Becky Lynch or Charlotte Flair realm. They will win the tournament and get a title shot against the WWE women’s champions Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler. Pick Ember Moon and Shotzi Blackheart
NXT Women’s Championship — Io Shirai (c) vs. Toni Storm and Mercedes Martinez: Io Shirai has been an outstanding champion in in-ring action, but is it time to give another person a title reign? Toni Storm and Mercedes Martinez have both recently started going after the NXT Women’s Championship. Martinez and Storm will be future champions; I just don’t know if they will put the title on either one. We will see a fantastic match here and. I believe Io Shirai will retain.
NXT North American Championship — Johnny Gargano (c) vs. Kushida: Johnny Gargano has been outstanding, and he is even one of the best heels in the business right now. When NXT formed The Way, it looked as if Austin Theory could eventually be a potential star, and Gargano would help him. The Way is one of the most entertaining storylines going right now. Pick: Johnny Gargano to retain the title, even though I want Kushida
Men’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Finals — MSK (Wes Lee & Nash Carter) vs. Grizzled Young Veterans (James Drake & Zack Gibson): The team of MSK has been one of NXT’s most significant focal points since they arrived from Impact Wrestling. They will be going against former NXT UK tag champs Grizzled Young Veterans. MSK will win to show that they will be the new face of tag-team wrestling. Grizzled Young Veterans don’t need the win, and they will help make the team of MSK future stars. Pick: MSK wins
NXT Women’s Championship
Io Shirai (C) vs. Mercedes Martinez vs. Toni Storm
Women’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Finals
Raquel Gonzalez & Dakota Kai vs. Shotzi Blackheart & Ember Moon
Men’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Finals
Grizzled Young Vets (James Drake & Zack Gibson) vs. MSK (Wes Lee & Carter Nash)
NXT North American Championship
Johnny Gargano (C) vs. KUSHIDA
Finn Balor (C) vs. Pete Dunne