So its the night of NXT Takeover and I'm just starting this preview. Which means I'm limiting myself to a three sentence max on each preview! And if you haven't read the SummerSlam preview yet, here it is: SummerSlam Preview.
Really interested to see the progress of Samoa Joe in WWE: Does he ever go up to the main roster or does he stay and help build the NXT brand and keep his independent bookings? Should be an exciting run for Joe either way and I can't see a loss to Baron Corbin slowing that down. Expect a solid brawl with Joe eventually hitting the Muscle Buster to finish.
Winner: Samoa Joe
My favorite part of this match is all the old WCW highlights they've shown for Liger from the early '90s to promote him. I'm not 100% sold on Breeze's potential once he hits the main roster but his NXT run is gold. A big win over an international legend in Jushin "Thunder" Liger will only increase Tyler's stock.
Winner: Tyler Breeze
Blake and Murphy w/ Alexa Bliss vs. The Vaudevillians
I'm a little confused about why this isn't Big Cass and Emore challenging for the titles here but maybe that means they are getting promoted to RAW soon (I'll predict this happens on the Monday after SummerSlam). I'm also excited to see who the Vaudevillians bring out with them to negate the presence of Bliss (I'll guess Blue Pants but I'm sure I'm wrong). Could see this going either way but I'll say whoever the Vaudevillians bring out with them eventually leads them to a win somehow.
Winner: The Vaudevillians
Sasha Banks vs. Bayley
I'm not sold on the fact that this is Banks' final match before she goes to the main roster. I could see her pulling double-duty as NXT Champion to add some depth to the NXT women's roster since they've lost so much talent to RAW in the #DivasRevolution. But, having Bayley finally get her championship in front of 13,000+ people on a major PPV is too good to pass up.
Finn Balor vs. Kevin Owens
A ladder match between these two could be the match of the entire weekend. I'm more convinced that Owens is gone long term from NXT after this match than I am of Banks. And the ladder stipulation allows him to leave without taking a pin, which is smart.
Winner: Finn Balor
5- Tyler Breeze
4- Finn Balor
2- Samoa Joe
1- The Vaudevillians