NXT TakeOver: In Your House 2021 Preview: Full Card, Match Predictions & More

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Match Predictions and Heat Index Anticipation Levels

Temperature Scale = Scorching > Hot > Lukewarm > Temperate > Chilly > Cold > Freezing

Heat Index is my assessment of how interesting the segment is, including how excited I am for the match and how intriguing the feud has been. The hotter, the better. Scorching translates to not being able to wait to see it, while Freezing means I couldn’t possibly care less and think it will be awful.

NXT CHAMPIONSHIP FATAL 5-WAY MATCH
Karrion Kross (c) vs. Adam Cole vs. Pete Dunne vs. Johnny Gargano vs. Kyle O’Reilly

Heat Index = Scorching
Prediction: I’m flip-flopping all the time.


Thoughts: I’m so excited for this match for two main reasons. First, the level of talent involved is crazy. You put all those guys in a match together and it’s hard to imagine it’s not going to be great. But also, I think there’s a great chance Kross drops the title. He doesn’t have to be pinned, so that protects him. That in and of itself is so intriguing because if that happens, I don’t even know who will walk out as champion. I can see a case to be made for all of them. That’s even more interesting! For instance, Cole can win to set up O’Reilly as the future champion after that. Gargano can win for the same reason and that might be why he dropped the North American Championship. Dunne can win because he’s never had this title. O’Reilly can win outright, then fight Kross in a rematch to kill time before the draft post-SummerSlam. Or, Kross can simply retain and even that is intriguing because it brings up the question of who he’ll fight after this. Very, very interesting.


NXT WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH:
Raquel Gonzalez (c) vs. Ember Moon

Heat Index = Chilly
Prediction: Raquel Gonzalez wins.

Thoughts: On paper, this is a better sell than it is when you start thinking about it. We’ve seen them fight a few times now, so there’s no “first time” or “fresh match” appeal. Gonzalez is certainly not going to drop the title, even though Moon is a former NXT champion. In part, that’s because Moon was a lackluster champion when she was at her peak. This is more of a stall with nothing else to do rather than something worth sinking your teeth into. It could have been an NXT TV feud to kill time for a more important match, like Gonzalez against Dakota Kai once they split. Also, Moon hasn’t been doing her best work in the ring, so I can’t even have faith this will be a great match if I were to ignore the predictability and lack of enthusiasm. I hope I’m wrong.



LADDER MATCH FOR THE MILLION DOLLAR CHAMPIONSHIP:
Cameron Grimes vs. LA Knight

Heat Index = Hot
Prediction: Cameron Grimes wins.

Thoughts: This is a feud I never anticipated, especially when you factor in that it’s a ladder match with the Million Dollar Championship on the line. I figured the Ted DiBiase jokes would be a one-off gag and that would be the end of it. This is pretty nuts. I can both see how either man wins as well as I can imagine neither of them really make sense to hold this particular belt. Odd times. Since Grimes is more of the focal point, I’ll go with him winning, but I wouldn’t be upset if LA Knight captured the title. Also, heat added because ladder matches are inherently fun.

SINGLES MATCH:
Mercedes Martinez vs. Xia Li

Heat Index = Hot
Prediction: Xia Li wins.

Thoughts: Xia Li is awesome. Mercedes Martinez is great. I’m a big fan of both. Even though this isn’t the most prolific match on the card, I think it’ll be a great segment. Li wins because she’s the focal point here.


NXT TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP & NORTH AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIP – WINNER TAKES ALL MATCH:
Bronson Reed (c) and MSK (c) vs. Legado del Fantasma

Heat Index = Hot
Prediction: Bronson Reed and MSK win.

Thoughts: Hats off to whoever suggested this. You’ve got two titles on the line in one segment, crammed six guys onto the card, made a six-man tag team match feel more important because the belts are on the line and it all makes sense. I’m cool with either side winning. In fact, I’m kind of rooting for Legado del Fantasma to win. Since I like both, it’s a win-win for me, and I’ll just sit back and enjoy the action.


OVERALL PPV:
How excited am I for the event as a whole?

Heat Index = Hot

Thoughts: TakeOver events are almost always at least a B-grade, if not higher. The action is normally some of the best you’ll see all year and it doesn’t overstay its welcome. With these particular matches, only one feels like a dud. We’ve got belts on the line, some gimmick stipulations and some unpredictability. Thumbs up!

What do you think is going to happen at WWE NXT TakeOver: In Your House? Which matches are you most excited to see? Keep the discussion going in the comments below!


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