NXT TakeOver Brooklyn 5

Early Card Predictions for NXT TakeOver: New York PPV Match Lineup


I mentioned before that I wouldn’t be shocked if they switched things up by having Fish team with O’Reilly instead of Strong, but that’s also taking a leap. Plus, that may be my bias wanting to just change things up a bit, because I think we’re getting a rematch here and if they at least swap out of the members of The Undisputed ERA, it won’t be exactly the same as TakeOver: Phoenix.

The Undisputed ERA are too popular and important of a team on this brand to be overlooked and since they have unfinished business, it would be good if they had one final attempt to win back their titles by facing War Raiders again, definitively losing and moving on to the main roster after WrestleMania.

Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Finals

Last year, the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic took place around this time with its conclusion happening at TakeOver: New Orleans, combined with the NXT Tag Team Championship.

They haven’t forecast that it will return at all yet, least of all here, but I’m working under the assumption that that will be the case, if not just as a means to utilize Matt Riddle and Keith Lee as a unit and get them on the card.

Between live events and the February 27th to April 3rd episodes of NXT, that’s plenty of time to go through the tag team tournament with the likes of Riddle/Lee, Street Profits, European Union, Lorcan/Burch, The Forgotten Sons, Carrillo/someone (Ervin Jr? Raul Mendoza), Drew Gulak and Gentleman Jack Gallagher, Moustache Mountain, Flash Morgan Webster and Mark Andrews, Kona Reeves and Dan Matha (if that’s still a thing), Rinku Singh and Saurav Gurjar, etc.

Who faces Riddle and Lee in the finals? My guess is The Forgotten Sons, who lose.

Something Representing NXT UK

I don’t know what, but my gut tells me we’re getting a sixth match and this will be a slightly longer event, with them wanting to showcase the NXT UK brand in some fashion.

If that does happen, it can be a multitude of different things. Jinny could fight Toni Storm for the NXT UK Women’s Championship, Grizzled Young Veterans can be part of the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic tournament, Walter could fight Pete Dunne for the United Kingdom Championship, or WWE could have a concoction of the division by putting on a battle royal or a big multi-man tag team match (Gallus and GYV against British Strong Style and two other people?)

Absolutely nothing of any sorts with NXT UK happened at this set of tapings other than European Union showing up, but they’re a cross-branded team anyway, so that’s not something special. I’m just taking a shot in the dark that they won’t want NXT UK completely absent from WrestleMania activities.


NXT Championship Fatal 5-Way Match: Tommaso Ciampa (c) vs. Adam Cole vs. Aleister Black vs. Johnny Gargano vs. Ricochet
NXT Women’s Championship Match: Shayna Baszler (c) vs. Io Shirai
NXT Tag Team Championship Match: War Raiders (c) vs. The Undisputed ERA
NXT North American Championship Match: Velveteen Dream (c) vs. Roderick Strong or Bobby Fish
Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Finals
Something with NXT UK…maybe

Those are my predictions, but what matches do YOU think will be on the card? Drop your guesses in the comments below!

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