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It’s time for another NXT PPV special, as TakeOver rumbles into the Windy City. Buckle up for John’s NXT TakeOver predictions!

Nikki Cross versus Shayna Baszler-NXT Women’s Championship

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I will say this-I love the build to this match, and I think Nikki Cross has been criminally overlooked in her time with NXT. So while I am happy she’s getting this match…the reality says I doubt she wins here. I honestly figure that she is going to give Baszler a great match, but she’s going to do the job and make the champ look good. And once the job is done? Well, Sanity is now on SmackDown, and just getting things rolling…adding Nikki to the main roster seems a strong possibility.

Ricochet versus Velveteen Dream

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This is my toss up match of the show, because I really can’t decide who gets the win here. Ricochet being new, you’d think they’d want to get him established and over. But Velveteen Dream has been rising to the top like a rocket, and it’s hard to imagine anything stopping that rise. So, it’s really a hard call for me here. While I really want to say this goes the way of the King… something tells me Dream walks away with the win.

Undisputed Era versus Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch

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This has been a fun and unexpected match-up to watch develop. It’s hard to not enjoy what Lorcan and Burch bring to the table, as they are hard hitting, tough as nails and entertaining. They’ve made quite an interesting pair. But they are challenging the Undisputed Era, a team that has been absolutely dominant since they formed up last year. Put it another way, I really see no way that Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch come out of Chicago with a win or the belts, unless it’s just a DQ win-as one can easily see all three active members of Undisputed Era getting involved. Either way, the Era leaves Chicago with the gold.

Johnny Gargano versus Tommaso Ciampa-Chicago Street Fight

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This one is a tough call, but not the most challenging one to pick on the entire card. I consider this one easier for a couple reasons. One, Johnny won what sure seemed like it was the closeout match for this feud, winning the “unsanctioned” match in New Orleans. But, as we now know, that wasn’t the end of it all. So, we get another match in Chicago, but I already will say this-I think we see one more match between these two when NXT rolls into Brooklyn in August. And because I already expect one more match, I think this one goes down as a win for Ciampa.

Lars Sullivan versus Aleister Black-NXT Championship

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On one hand, there’s no way Black stands a chance, right? I mean, Lars Sullivan is a brute, a raging behemoth who runs over anyone in his way. Black looks like Hornswoggle next to the massive man from the Rockies. But, Black is a popular Superstar and his is a young championship reign. I don’t think he loses the belt here and now…it just feels too soon. That being said, while my call is for an Aleister Black win, I would not necessarily be floored if Sullivan managed to win either.

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