Jay's Ways - NXT Takeover Chicago Preview
Submitted by Justin Watry on 06/15/2018 at 02:14 PM

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NXT Takeover Chicago 2018 Preview

Ricochet vs. Velveteen Dream 

Potential match of the year? Yep, my expectations are that high for this one. I have loved the slow build and teasers on the weekly show. Chicago should be on fire (pun intended) once the bell rings. We know what Ricochet can do, and we also now know what Dream can do. As someone who predicted big things for him last year (on another website), it is no surprise to see his bandwagon suddenly fill up after the usual criticism early on. Oh well, it all adds to the story in my mind. Flip a coin really. Any result is fine.

WINNER: Ricochet

Chicago Street Fight: Tommaso Ciampa vs. Johnny Gargano 

This is Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn all over again. Part of me was more than ready to move on following their last battle. Heck, a part of me wanted to move on after Johnny Gargano was banished from NXT in the first place. I don't know. These two will no doubt tear the house down on Saturday night. No doubt this will be a classic. I just wonder where they go next. If Ciampa wins, we get another rematch. If Gargano wins, it is just the same outcome as before. Are we really going to do something with Candice? Oh boy. I am going to LOVE this match...but am nervous about the followup.

WINNER: Gargano

NXT Tag Team Title Match: Champions The Undisputed Era (Strong & O’Reilly) vs. Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch 

No explanation needed.

WINNER: The Undisputed Era

NXT Women’s Title Match: Champion Shayna Baszler vs. Nikki Cross 

Am I wrong to suggest this match headline and close Takeover? I mean we just saw a ten women tag team match main event Smackdown LIVE over Shelton Benjamin vs. Daniel Bryan and Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Jeff Hardy. Makes sense, right? Shayna Baszler is awesome holding the gold over the roster and taunting everybody with her dominance. Good stuff. Nikki is the perfect opponent here. She is going to be a star and is right to be kept away from Sanity. Let them do their thing. She has room to grow as a solo act. Fans love her, so why not? Here though, it's a loss. Baszler retains.

WINNER: Shayna

NXT Title Match: Champion Aleister Black vs. Lars Sullivan 

Not feeling this feud. I am ALL for a big showdown between two silent assassins, but NXT took a swing and missed with Lars vs. Aleister. I wonder if that feeling would be different had we got more time to hype up this huge clash. Maybe in late 2018 after a whole bunch of teasing would this work. Just going straight to them fighting out of the blue feels 'meh' and kinda forced. Reminds me of when Hideo Itami randomly got an NXT Title match at a preview NXT Takeover event in Chicago. It was one and done and didn't entirely fit with the program. Lars will inevitably lose and then...then...then I don't know. Black will continue doing well on top. Don't worry about him. 


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