Thursday, November 15, 2018

NXT TakeOver: WarGames 2018 Preview & Predictions

Goddamn this show looks great.  Despite only being four matches, this might be the most stacked show in NXT history.  Oddly the NXT Title match is the LEAST interesting of the four, but that should be excellent nevertheless.  This weekend has some serious potential in general, even on the main roster side.

Let's get to pickin'....

Aleister Black vs. Johnny Gargano

I can't believe Gargano is a heel now.  Apparently the feud with Ciampa broke his soul and made him a violent bastard.  Not a bad story I guess.  I wonder if DIY will eventually reunite as heels.  This match could steal the show given the talent involved, and on this card that's saying something.

Justin: This has to be more than a one-off match, right?  If so, Gargano should win the first go-round.
Landon: Gargano

NXT Women's Championship 2/3 Falls: Shayna Baszler vs. Kairi Sane

I love this.  These two have had two very good outings so far and 2/3 Falls matches when done well are fantastic (Okada-Omega anyone?).  Since there are only four bouts on the show I think this'll get adequate time; I'm thinking in the 25-minute range.  Baszler just regained the title last month so she's gotta retain here.

Justin: Shayna retains
Landon: Shayna

NXT Championship: Tomasso Ciampa vs. Velveteen Dream

These guys have their work cut out for them on this card, but both are known for making their mark; this should have a very entertaining flashy babyface vs. ruthless bad guy dynamic.  Dream will be the sympathetic underdog who earns his stripes absorbing Ciampa's unthinkable violence.  However...

Justin: Ciampa retains
Landon: Ciampa

WarGames: Undisputed Era vs. Ricochet/Pete Dunne/War Raiders

I love this lineup.  It's a throwback to the classic NWA version - The Four Horsemen vs. Dusty, Nikita and the Road Warriors.  I presume the idiotic rule changes from last year no longer apply?  Like it'll just be one guy from each team entering at a time?  With all the talent in this match we could be looking at a new standard for WarGames bouts.  My god, it'll be beautiful.

Justin: Dusty, Nikita and the LOD win
Landon: You mean the rule changes that were applied in WCW 1998?  Yyyyyyeah.....  Babyfaces for fuck's sake.

Well that was a quick write-up.  Four matches, short and sweet.  I like it.  This show is gonna be off-the-charts awesome.

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