With NXT Takeover: War Games just around the corner, what matches can we look forward to seeing? Jon Shartzer takes his best shot at predicting just that.
NXT Takeover: War Games is just over two weeks away, with the annual event going down on December 6th from the Capital Wrestling Center in Orlando, Florida. Only two matches, the men’s and women’s War Games matches, have been officially announced. Some have been hinted at, but not yet confirmed. This is my best guess at how the rest of the card will shape out and in what order I think the matches will take place. Let me know what you think in the comments or hit me up on Twitter by following @ShartzerJon.
Women’s War Games Match: Team Candice vs Team Shotzi
The lead up to this encounter hasn’t exactly been as exciting as the one for the men’s. William Regal made the match official this past week after some brawling with most of the women involved. Like last year, I expect this contest to open up the main card. It makes sense to bookend the show with the War Games matches so that people have time to process both properly. I’m excited to see what kind of damage these women can inflict and hope that Candice gets to prove what kind of a badass she really is.
North American Title Match: Leon Ruff(c) vs Johnny Gargano vs Damien Priest
Leon Ruff got dragged into the middle of the ongoing feud between Johnny Gargano and Damien Priest. Ruff gained the NXT North American championship from Johnny Wrestling, and later successfully retained it with the help of Priest. After discovering that he was being used as a pawn and taken as a joke, the new champ declared that he would face BOTH Gargano and Priest in a title defense. This match hasn’t officially been announced for TakeOver and could very well happen on weekly TV, but I’m willing to bet that it goes down on December 6th.
Tomasso Ciampa vs Timothy Thatcher
This match isn’t official, but it sure feels like it’s going to be. Ciampa came out to confront Thatcher on this week’s NXT after Thatcher abused his helpless opponent. The brutal catch wrestler kept insisting that he has no problem with the former NXT champion, but the Blackheart didn’t appear to care. If this match does indeed go down, expect a hard hitting banger between these two.
NXT Heavyweight Championship: Finn Balor(c) vs Karrion Kross
This is the hardest match up to predict, as most others have already started laying the groundwork. Balor has been out of action since fracturing his jaw against Kyle O’Reilly at TakeOver 31. He made his return to weekly television this week, but was quickly interrupted by Pat McAfee and his crew, which led to Balor bringing out the Undisputed Era. With no other obvious options at the moment, I’m predicting that we see Kross, the former champion who never actually lost the title but was forced to relinquish it due to injury, make his return to challenge the Prince for the opportunity to once again reign supreme.
Men’s War Games Match: Undisputed Era vs The Kings of NXT
This match has been pretty obvious for a while now. This past Wednesday, after NXT went off the air, general manager William Regal made it official. Pat McAFee has built his crew with tough guys in Oney Lorcan, Danny Burch and Pete Dunne. Undisputed Era has been in every War Games match since it debuted in NXT. This match will be a glorious mess and will most likely close the show. I, for one, can not wait to see the carnage.