Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
We’re gagging for TakeOver,
And so should be you!
Love is in the air this weekend guys. Valentine’s Day? Pah! Our love is centred on a truly incredible card that is coming our way on Sunday night for NXT TakeOver Vengeance Day. You can read all the details on where and when to watch by clicking HERE.
Before you do, stick around and read our preview of what we think will go down at the event. Do you agree with our predictions? Think we are tosh? Put your knowledge to the test and enter our own predictions contest HERE.
Right then, let’s get down to brass tacks shall we?
NXT Championship Match: Finn Balor (c) vs. Pete Dunne
I feel like I say this for almost every TakeOver but seeing as it is Valentine’s weekend it feels even more relevant…Be still my beating heart! This match has captured my attention to the point where I want to buy it chocolate and flowers and ask it it will let me change my Facebook relationship status in its honour. I’m really expecting an absolute banger. I’ve never not been a Pete Dunne mark but Finn Balor never really did it for me until the last few months. His return to NXT has been amazing for him and for the brand. He feels important and he feels cool. He’s winning here by the way. It’s going to be long, it’s going to be fun but it is not ending in a title win for Dunne. His time is coming, but it is not now.
Winner: Finn Balor
NXT Women’s Championship Match: Io Shirai (c) vs. Toni Storm vs. Mercedes Martinez
Whilst I see Dunne keeping his title, I don’t believe Io Shirai will be so lucky. Parting will be such sweet sorrow as the women’s belt ends up leaving her for it’s latest fancy, Toni Storm. Shirai’s title run has provided some stability but without truly breaking out in the way that runs by the likes of Asuka and Shayna Baszler did. It’s been fine but clearly, the spark has gone and the title’s head has been turned by the exciting Aussie temptress.
Winner: Toni Storm
NXT North American Championship Match: Johnny Gargano (c) vs. KUSHIDA
Massive fan of Johnny Wrestling’s latest heel character. When the snivelling, shit stirring heel character is done well then there are few characters I like better in wrestling. Gargano and his band of followers are pulling it off perfectly. The super-serious KUSHIDA is a great foil for him and these guys will likely put on an old-school classic on Sunday. Expect Gargano to take a beating but sneak out a win in the end.
As for Johnny’s usual TakeOver themed ring gear? I’m thinking we see The Way all dress as a tribute to The Fantastic Four.
Winner: Johnny Gargano
Men’s Dusty Classic Final: The Grizzled Young Veterans vs. MSK
I called Drake and Gibson winning this tournament before a single team was even announced and I am sticking to that. Admittedly, my faith wobbled slightly when MSK were announced and then wobbled greatly when Timothy Thatcher and Tommaso Ciampa got together but I stuck to my guns and I will continue to do so here. They’re a genuinely great team who you can see translating their act to whatever stage they find themselves on. This will be their coming out party.
Winners: The Grizzled Young Veterans
Women’s Dusty Classic Final: Ember Moon & Shotzi Blackheart vs. Dakota Kai & Raquel Gonzalez
If the heels win the men’s version, it stands to reason that the faces win this one. Let’s go with Shotzi and Ember for a feel good win to start the event off with a bang. As a sidebar, this could be the event that sees Raquel Gonzalez start her inevitable rise to the top of the division in NXT. There is a Rhea Ripley shaped hole to fill and she has all the gifts she needs to do the filling.
Winners: Shotzi Blackheart & Ember Moon