Hey, this is Kent. This is a month late. Still, it is hilarious how bad I did on this one. Those last 2 matches were fucking good. Thank you Cece for the help and input. Always appreciated.
NXT Takeover Philly
- Kassius Ohno vs Velveteen Dream
Cece: This was a surprise match for me. After watching this week’s episode, I got really hype seeing Kassius push Dream. These are 2 of my favorite competitors in NXT right now. I am really looking forward to a solid match. They have the perfect builds to wrestle each other. I’m not quite sure who I see winning to be honest. Both of them are great and deserve it. But, since they seem to always bury Kassius, I call Dream to win.
Kent: I have little doubt that Velveteen will win. Kassius is the Cesaro of NXT, which is no surprise if you know that they were a tag team once upon a time. Velveteen is a future NXT champion, in my opinion. This one feels obvious. Velveteen will be living the dream.
- NXT Tag Team Title Match: Authors of Pain vs Undisputed ERA
Cece: This is another awesome match-up. Honestly, I think Undisputed ERA is going to keep their tag titles, but I feel like it will be a well-fought match overall. The reason I see this going out so well is because I’m still convinced AoP is going to be moved up to the main roster very soon.
Kent: While I agree with Cece about AoP due to be called up, it won’t be until after Mania and it will be on RAW I would assume. I’d keep them on NXT longer.
- NXT Women’s Championship Match: Ember Moon vs Shayna Baszler
Cece: I am excited to see Ember defend her title, however, I don’t like this whole angle they’re doing with Shayna. I don’t think anyone should be able to just come into the WWE from another company and just act like they can run the place. Yes, she is an MMA fighter, so she knows how to hurt people and put them to sleep, but that doesn’t compare to Ember’s overall career and moveset. I’m hoping Ember will retain and they’ll back off the Shayna train a bit.
Kent: There’s no reason to take the belt off of Ember here. I don’t even think Shayna is that talented yet. They shouldn’t push her this much so fast because it will turn a lot of fans on here I think.
- Extreme Rules Match: Aleister Black vs Adam Cole
Cece: Another solid match booked. Can Triple H do more in RAW/Smackdown please? These NXT matches are always legit. Anyway, I’m really stoked for this. Aleister Black is a quiet storm and after he was provoked so long by Velveteen Dream, I really think he’s going to take all his pent up anger and rage on Adam Cole, especially since he cost him his opportunity.
Kent: I am not sure who is going to win. Aleister shouldn’t lose, but they seem to be booking Adam Cole extremely strong. I want Aleister to win, so therefore I am picking the Baybay. I expect this to be fun at the very least.
- NXT Championship Match: Andrade Cien Almas vs Johnny Gargano
Cece: This is the only match I’m kinda meh about. If it goes all ‘underdog’ wins the title because he was bullied for so long by Zelina Vega, I’ll be annoyed. Yes, Johnny is a great wrestler, but we need some spice! I’d love to see either Candice come out and beef with Zelina, OR what would be best would be Ciampa coming out to interfere!
Kent: This is a solid matchup of 2 strong workers. This doesn’t feel like a main event match to me though. I like both guys and I am sure I will really like the match, but this isn’t a terribly strong main event and the undercard is underwhelming to me. Prove me wrong NXT!!!! Andrade should win. Is Ciampa due back anytime soon? I miss him. Oh yeah, Cien is winning…..I hope.
Cece: I am really excited to watch, however, I’ll have to wait bc I’ll be at a friend’s birthday party and I don’t wanna be rude. Sooo I’ll probably have to stay off the internet for a couple hours.
Kent: I want to like this, but the card doesn’t excite me, and I wish it did. Everybody knows that I love these NXT TakeOvers, but this one feels like a forgettable night.
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