NXT TakeOver: In Your House is scheduled for this Sunday night, and now that the go-home episode of NXT has aired, we have a firm grasp of which superstars will be participating in the pay-per-view and which men and women are being left out in the cold.
As always, cards are subject to change and there could be any number of alterations to this lineup with surprise appearances, impromptu matches and so on, so nothing is truly set in stone. However, as far as the event is currently being advertised, the following NXT talent is not being promoted as part of the program.
It’s your call to judge whether these missing stars are being left off the card for justifiable reasons or not, so let’s take a look at the superstars missing from NXT TakeOver: In Your House.
From the NXT and 205 Live Men’s Division
— Ariya Daivari: Daivari’s done nothing for a while and wasn’t involved in the interim title tournament.
— Arturo Ruas: Remember when WWE advertised that he would be making his return one random week and then all that dropped off the face of the earth?
— Bivens Enterprises (Rinku Singh & Saurav Gurjar): Indus Sher made a decent impact attacking Matt Riddle and putting their name in the running for a tag title shot. Then, they dropped off the face of the planet until this week’s episode, where they popped up to stand and intimidate the rest of the tag team division.
— Boa: As far as I’m aware, Boa is still injured. He’s been seen ringside as a member of the “audience” recently, though.
— Breezango (Fandango & Tyler Breeze): Fandango just returned from his injury this week. He and Tyler Breeze, who has been more active in the cruiserweight division and wrestling on 205 Live, are the No. 1 contenders to the tag titles.
— Brendan Vink & Shane Thorne: Are these guys on Raw or NXT? Are they with MVP or not? What’s going on?
— The Brian Kendrick: Outside of doing a clip show for 205 Live, Kendrick has been MIA. He might have been one of the people who chose not to compete during the pandemic, for all we know.
— Bronson Reed: We haven’t seen Bronson Reed in a little while, for whatever reason. Then, he popped up this week on NXT to lose to Cameron Grimes.
— Cameron Grimes: Grimes was a stepping stone on the feud between Damian Priest and Finn Balor. Unless they would have had him insert himself into the feud to make it a Triple Threat (like the women’s title match), he didn’t need to be here.
— Danny Burch & Oney Lorcan: It seemed they were in line for a tag title shot, but enough matches were already announced for this show before that came about. Then, they lost a #1 contender’s match, so that wouldn’t have happened here anyway.
— Dexter Lumis: I’m fully expecting him to make an appearance in the Velveteen Dream vs Adam Cole match as he seem to be obsessed with The Undisputed ERA.
— Dominik Dijakovic: Rumor has it he might be getting called up to Raw or SmackDown soon, so it’s doubtful they’ll use him on NXT until then.
— Drake Maverick / El Hijo del Fantasma: These two had their tournament finale on NXT, rather than on this card (probably in an attempt to spike a TV rating). Maverick signed a new NXT contract and Fantasma is the champion, so they at least made off pretty well this week, despite not being booked for TakeOver.
— Gentleman Jack Gallagher / Isaiah “Swerve” Scott / Jake Atlas / Kushida / Tony Nese: These guys all had the cruiserweight title in their sights, but didn’t make it to the finals, which didn’t even take place at TakeOver, anyway.
— Imperium (Fabian Aichner, Marcel Barthel): Wolfe and Walter live outside USA, so they can’t show up at all due to travel restrictions. Aichner and Barthel, though, are feuding with Burch and Lorcan and are now set up to defend the titles against Breezango, but just weren’t prioritized for a spot on this card, apparently.
— Joaquin Wilde / Raul Mendoza: They haven’t been seen since getting abducted by the masked guys.
— Killian Dain: I actually thought Dain would be one of the people released during the big firing spree. That, or if this pandemic wasn’t going on, he could be more of an NXT UK guy. I don’t think WWE has any idea what they want to do with Dain in NXT.
— Kona Reeves: Jobber status.
— Mansoor: Is he in Florida or Saudi Arabia? Then again, would WWE even bother using him on television if he was in Florida and wanted to compete, anyway? They don’t seem to remember he’s a thing until they get close to a Super ShowDown or Crown Jewel.
— Timothy Thatcher: Thatcher had his big cage fight on NXT with Matt Riddle, rather than this event. Riddle is now going to SmackDown, so there’s nothing for Thatcher to do.
— Pete Dunne: Travel restrictions.
— The Singh Brothers (Samir Singh & Sunil Singh): They live in Canada and are not able to travel to the United States, just like Pete Dunne (although, he lives in the UK, not Canada. Same thing, though.)
— The Undisputed ERA (Bobby Fish, Kyle O’Reilly, & Roderick Strong): Adam Cole has his title match against Velveteen Dream, but the rest of The Undisputed ERA are MIA. O’Reilly hasn’t been appearing as he’s at risk, while Fish and Strong just don’t have feuds at the moment. They could all possibly show up in the title match, though.
From the NXT Women’s Division
— Borne & Boujuee (Aliyah & Vanessa Borne): Aliyah’s popped up here and there, but where’s Vanessa Borne been? I can’t even remember the last time she had a match, to be honest.
— Chelsea Green: I’m very curious what WWE is doing with her. Breaking her up with Robert Stone is a mistake, in my opinion. What does that mean? Is she being moved over to Raw or SmackDown? Is she just not going to have a manager and be a semi-top heel on the black and gold brand? Curious.
— Jessamyn Duke & Marina Shafir: After Shayna Baszler left, these two have had nothing to do but stand ringside and pretend to be an audience member.
— Kacy Catanzaro & Kayden Carter: No tag team matches going on, no singles feuds, and nothing else to do. They’re audience members lately, too.