It has been a weird build-up to NXT TakeOver: In Your House. Most of the matches have been cobbled together over the last few weeks, and it wasn’t until this week’s NXT that any particular momentum had been gained. Following on from the amazing NXT TakeOver: Stand & Deliver, it is going to take a lot to top it. That’s not to say there aren’t some solid matches on paper that could be a pleasure to watch. The main event is obviously the best on the card. Featuring the five top guys in NXT battling for Championship gold, it has the potential to be a match of the year candidate providing each Superstar is given the right amount of time in the limelight.
Raquel Gonzalez has had a weird run since defeating Io Shirai. She feuded with Mercedes Martinez, but her current issues with Ember Moon have come on all too quickly. She’s a phenomenal athlete and deserves the gold, but she needs time to breathe like a champion heel, and I’m not sure Ember Moon should have been used so soon. Ever since Cameron Grimes’ persona has involved tons of money, pomp, and acute levels of arrogance, he’s been a joy to watch. LA Knight has had a relatively lukewarm run since debuting, but this ladder match will hopefully push both guys over the top to challenge for Bronson Reed’s North American Championship.
Speaking of “The Colossal,” the six-man tag match where the winner takes all could be my favourite match. I’m such a mark for Santos Escobar. Legado Del Fantasma is a solid stable in NXT, with Mendoza and Wilde forming a legitimately threatening tag team over the past months. MSK and Reed are going to have to work hard if they are to succeed, but that’s why it’s going to be great. As for the main event, anything can happen. Each Superstar involved has a genuine reason to hold the NXT Championship. Adam Cole and Kyle O’Reilly still hate each other, but Karrion Kross has had some real issues with Bay Bay in recent weeks. Johnny Gargano has been on fire ever since forming The Way, and Pete Dunne is one of the best performers in the squared circle. With all that behind us, let’s look to see what is going to happen this Sunday, and give our opinions on each match.
Note: Predictions are pure that, predictions. Nobody at SteelChair has heard anything ahead of time, we promise.
Mercedes Martinez vs. Xia Li (w/ Boa & Mei Ying)
Whilst I’m not a huge fan of either Mercedes Martinez or Xia Li, they are both solid competitors. Although the match was only made recently, there’s a lot of history between them. In 2017’s Mae Young Classic, Martinez made Li tap out in the first round, and ever since she’s held a grudge. It has been brought up in recent weeks, with both sharing their hatred for the other during some fiery promos. We’re likely going to see Martinez use her strength and resilience to dominate for portions of the match, but Xia Li has become more ruthless since working for Mei Ling as part of Tian Sha.
Chris White’s Prediction: I think Xia Li will win, helping to cement her chances of challenging for the NXT Women’s Championship at a later date.
Steph Franchomme’s Prediction: Xia Li
Ladder Match for the vacant Million Dollar Championship: Cameron Grimes vs. LA Knight
Who is worthy of carrying on the legacy of “The Million Dollar Man?” Who is designed to wear the Million Dollar Belt only Ted DiBiase, Virgil, Ted Dibiase Jr, and a man who would call later Stone Cold Steve Austin were the proud bearer of in the past? We’ll find out at NXT TakeOver: In Your House as Cameron Grimes faces off with LA Knight in a Ladder Match for the returning Million Dollar Championship.
Grimes has undergone a transformation since coming into money earlier this year thanks to his investments. But even with his newfound fortune. he’s failed to fully win the approval of WWE Hall of Famer “The Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase.
Grimes also caught LA Knight’s attention, with the brash motormouth saying he — not Grimes — was far more fit to carry on DiBiase’s prestigious legacy. DiBiase seemed to be in agreement, too, after Knight one-upped Grimes by costing him a match and dropping him with the BFT. Grimes returned the favour a week later though, with his distraction leading to a loss for Knight, and DiBiase admitted he was impressed by Grimes.
DiBiase upped the ante on the final edition of NXT before TakeOver, unveiling the Million Dollar Title after it hadn’t been seen in years. Originally debuted more than 30 years ago by “The Million Dollar Man,” the most opulent title in WWE history was synonymous with DiBiase. Who will have the last laugh when these two face off one on one?
Chris White’s Prediction: Cameron Grimes
Steph Franchomme’s Prediction: L-A – Knight, and that’s a fact of life…
Winner Takes All 6-Man Tag Team Match for the NXT North American and Tag Team Championships
Bronson Reed (North American) and MSK (Nash Carter and Wes Lee) (Tag Team) vs. Legado del Fantasma (Santos Escobar, Joaquin Wilde and Raúl Mendoza)
With the match only being made official last Tuesday, this has the potential to be the match of the night. Bronson Reed has worked incredibly hard to win the North American Championship, and I doubt he’s going to stop now. Santos Escobar knows exactly how to get under people’s skin, but he’s also a technical master with a wide arsenal of moves at his disposal. Seeing these two go at it in the ring could be the turning point of the match, so I’m excited to see how it plays out.
As for MSK, it’s obvious why they are the NXT Tag Team Champions. Both Wes Lee and Nash Carter are on fire from the moment they step foot in the ring. Whilst they are effective in the air, they work very well together, and if they start building momentum it’s game over for Legado Del Fantasma. Since Joaquin Wilde and Raul Mendoza joined Legado Del Fantasma, they have become a force to be reckoned with. Their teamwork is possibly the best in NXT, and even when they’re on the losing side, they put up one hell of a fight. This one’s going to be a masterclass of many styles, and I can’t wait.
Chris White’s Prediction: MSK & Bronson Reed will take the victory, but it’ll be a tough challenge for all three men.
Steph Franchomme’s Prediction: MSK & Bronson Reed
NXT Women’s Championship Match: Raquel González (c) (with Dakota Kai) vs. Ember Moon (with Shotzi Blackheart)
Ember Moon has a chance to make history, asShotzi Blackheart is currently injured and unable to defend the Women’s Tag team Championship; but she’ll have to stop the seemingly unstoppable to do so. Moon will challenge Raquel Gonzalez for the NXT Women’s Championship at NXT TakeOver: In Your House.
Moon and teammate Shotzi Blackheart took down Gonzalez and Dakota Kai in Tag Team action last month, but Gonzalez brutalized Blackheart afterwards, warning Moon she’d be next. Moon understandably took exception and looked for retribution the next week, calling out Gonzalez before being ambushed by Kai.
Now, Moon will look to end Gonzalez’s reign as NXT Women’s Champion while capturing the title for the second time in her career, something only “The Queen” Charlotte Flair and “The Queen of Spades” Shayna Baszler has done in the past.
Chris White’s Prediction: Raquel Gonzalez
Steph Franchomme’s Prediction: Raquel Gonzalez
Fatal 5-Way Match for the NXT Championship: Karrion Kross (c) (with Scarlett) vs. Kyle O’Reilly vs. Adam Cole vs. Johnny Gargano (with Austin Theory) vs. Pete Dunne (with Oney Lorcan)
Sometimes, the wrestling gods come together and provide us with a match that is straight from our dreams. Karrion Kross hasn’t been champion for long, but he has already defeated Finn Balor twice, which is something nobody has done consecutively in NXT. Balor was a great champion, but Kross could be even better. The only problem with him retaining is that he has a gigantic mountain to climb. Pete Dunne is one of the toughest Superstars in NXT, and his abilities within the squared circle are on another level. Kyle O’Reilly showed he can go the distance against Adam Cole and win, and Johnny Gargano is, well, he’s Johnny TakeOver. Of all the guys in this match, I feel that Adam Cole is the only one likely to come out victorious.
After his loss to Kyle O’Reilly at NXT TakeOver: Stand & Deliver, many people including myself assumed he was going to move to the main roster. However, two months later he’s still on the black and gold brand, and he wants to reclaim what he believes is his from Karrion Kross. Cole is one of the best Superstars to ever wrestle in NXT. He never fails to impress, both in the ring and on the mic. Undisputed Era may be no more, but its great leader is still going strong. There’s going to be carnage when these five men collide, and we’re lucky enough to watch every single second of it.
Chris White’s Prediction: I think Karrion Kross will win, and after he’s beaten the best NXT has to offer, Keith Lee will walk out and stare him down.
Steph Franchomme’s Prediction: Adam Cole
NXT TakeOver: In Your House is airing live this Sunday night at 8 ET/5 PT (1 AM BST), streaming exclusively on Peacock in the U.S. and on WWE Network, with a 30-minute pre-show on WWE social media.
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