WrestleMania is almost hear, which also means NXT TakeOver: Orlando is finally upon us.
5 matches have been booked for the show and we here at WrestleNewz felt the urge to predict the card, like every other wrestling fan. We gave it our best attempt and here’s what the staff came up with.
Don’t forget to add your own predictions in our comments section. Let’s see if anyone correctly predicts all 5 matches. If that happens, let’s talk about a job.
NXT TakeOver: Orlando play by play coverage is being handled by WrestleNewz and the pay per view part begins at 8 PM EST. We’ll also have the fallout, so stay tuned.
Should be a fun, hectic, wild and uncertain three hours.
NXT Championship: Bobby Roode vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
Dorathy: Bobby Roode. Time for Shinsuke to be called to the main roster, he’s accomplished all he can in NXT.
Joe: Bobby Roode. I thought WWE pulled the gun in January by letting Roode win so quick in his NXT run and Nakamura had just become a two time champion. It feels like Nakamura is likely headed to the main roster after dropping the rematch.
John: Will Shinsuke become the first three time champion? Or will Roode stay glorious? I have to think this one will be an excellent match, but as much as I hate to say it, I really think Roode wins, sending Nakamura off to bigger and better pastures.
NXT Women’s Championship: Asuka vs. Ember Moon
Dorathy: Asuka. I just don’t see Asuka being called up anytime soon to warrant her dropping the title. Ember Moon is doing fantastic things right now in NXT, but she’s not at Asuka’s level – yet!
Joe: Asuka. At some point, Ember Moon might be the one who defeats Asuka. Then again, maybe Asuka forfeits the belt and joins the main roster in late 2017. Ember could pull off the upset, but I’m not betting on it.
John: Asuka has looked unbeatable, because she has been. The longest reigning champion in NXT history. On one hand, I see no reason for that to change…but she’s got nothing left to accomplish on the NXT level. And, Ember has been getting built up too. So, I say this is their chance to pass the torch, and Ember wins.
Triple threat tag team elimination match for the NXT Tag Team Championship: The Authors of Pain (Akam and Rezar) vs. #DIY (Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa) vs. The Revival (Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder)
Dorathy: #DIY. This one is hard to call, because I do believe AOP should retain, but for shock value and upset, I think #DIY prevail.
Joe: Authors Of Pain. Tough one to call. I think DIY eliminates The Revival and they join SmackDown after WrestleMania. The Authors of Pain get the win thanks to The Revival returning later in the match, but I’m still not sold on AOP as champs.
John: This, to me, is a way to continue to boost the Authors of Pain, while perhaps not crushing DIY. Why? The Authors are the future, though they could easily be pulled up to the main roster anytime. But, The Revival probably should have already been called up, and I think they should be sooner than not. DIY could go too, but this is not a debate for call ups. I think the Authors get themselves a nice win here, and then get to turn their attention to someone new.
Aleister Black vs. Andrade “Cien” Almas
Dorathy: Aleister Black. Debuting match win seems quite right in this case.
Joe: Aleister Black. It’s a debut, so Black should win unless WWE has some bizarre idea to make him a jobber after all the hype videos. Another tough loss for Almas.
John: This one sure feels like an easy call. Why? Because pretty much every time a new star debuts on a TakeOver, they win. And why should they change that now? Well, Almas is, I think, on the verge of blowing up as a heel on the NXT side of things, but I still think Aleister goes home a winner from this one.
Tye Dillinger, Roderick Strong, No Way Jose and Ruby Riot vs. SAnitY (Eric Young, Killian Dain, Alexander Wolfe and Nikki Cross)
Dorathy: Dillenger, Strong, Jose, and Riot. Team Face for the win! It’s NXT Orlando … why not start the event right (should this match open the show, which I believe it will …
Joe: Sanity. Right now, Sanity is the biggest threat in NXT due to numbers. They’re unstable and need to win as a unit to show teamwork is possible.
John: I have to think this one is going to be a way to either end the Dillinger portion of the feud, or send things into a different direction. Considering folks thought Dillinger’s Rumble appearance was going to be the stepping off point for Tye (and it wasn’t), all this really is, is a guess. Dillinger and his posse have evened the odds with Ruby Riot, and finally tasted some success against Sanity. But I think, one way or another, Sanity pulls out another win.