NXT TakeOver: Chicago Predictions

CHICAGO STREET FIGHT: JOHNNY GARGANO VS. TOMMASO CIAMPA

Johnny went over in New Orleans and he left standing last week, but I expect Ciampa to pull out the victory here. Look for Candice LeRae to do something that takes Johnny’s head out of the game long enough for Ciampa to capitalize.

PREDICTION: Tommaso Ciampa

 

VELVETEEN DREAM VS. RICOCHET

This has been a really fun feud between two tremendously talented wrestlers. This match will have people on its feet. Dream is over whether he wins or not, and he’s not getting a main event push yet. Ricochet is not yet fully established in NXT.

PREDICTION: Ricochet

 

WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH: NIKKI CROSS VS. SHAYNA BASZLER (c)

Nikki will certainly give Shayna a run for her money, but it’s not time for Shayna to lose the belt yet. Like Dream, Nikki is over without a win. Shayna dropping the belt has to be a huge moment for someone. I expect it to be Kairi Sane or Candice LeRae either in Brooklyn or LA.

PREDICTION: Shayna Baszler

 

TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH: ONEY LORCAN & DANNY BURCH VS. THE UNDISPUTED ERA (c)

The Undisputed Era needs to keep gold around their waists for now, and as I keep saying about the sides I didn’t pick in the other matches, Lorcan & Burch don’t need wins to be massively over. It’ll still be a hell of a match, and an indie wrestling fan’s paradise.

PREDICTION: The Undisputed Era

 

NXT CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH: LARS SULLIVAN VS. ALEISTER BLACK (c)

Black just won the championship, and Sullivan is not ready yet. Black will probably have to hit the Black Mass at least twice to get the win. He’ll take a shit ton of punishment during the match first.

PREDICTION: Aleister Black

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