Welcome to another edition of WWE Heat Index, wherein we discuss the interest level for the various feuds heading into the pay-per-view events. This time around, we’re focusing on NXT TakeOver: In Your House coming this Saturday night.
The way this works is a gauge range of Scoring, Hot, Lukewarm, Temperate, Chilly, Cold and Freezing. The hotter, the better, as that indicates your level of excitement, anticipation and faith that it will be good.
Be sure to leave your thoughts in the comments section to let everyone know what your thermometer reads for each feud as I tell you what my thoughts are below!
Without further ado, let’s get started!
NXT Championship Backlot Brawl Match: Adam Cole (c) vs. Velveteen Dream = Hot
A ring inside a parking lot surrounded by cars? That’s their idea for these two? I don’t get the gimmick at all, as it isn’t befitting either of them in my mind.
Still…despite that flub…Cole and Dream are awesome entertainers. They are among the most trustworthy on the brand who could find a way to pull this off.
I’m also a fan of both, so if Cole retains, I’m okay with that, but if Dream becomes the champion, I’ll be super thrilled about that, too. That makes it a lot easier to get into this match despite the gimmick being so strange.
Prediction: Velveteen Dream wins.
NXT Women’s Championship Triple Threat Match: Charlotte Flair (c) vs. Io Shirai vs. Rhea Ripley = Temperate
Here’s the thing. I hated the decision to book Charlotte Flair over Rhea Ripley at WrestleMania. In fact, I still don’t understand why WWE thought it would be helpful in any way for Ripley’s career for her to lose, even if she beats Flair for the title down the line.
But I’m even less inclined to like this, as every scenario feels like it’s a mistake in the waiting, too.
For instance, if Flair beats Ripley, that’s so needlessly digging that hole deeper for no positive. She doesn’t need to be buried like that. If Flair beats Shirai as a means to drag this out further, it still doesn’t help anyone. If Shirai wins the title, why is she getting it instead of Ripley? If Ripley wins, why couldn’t it have been in a singles match against Flair to make it outright that she beat her?
I just assume this is WWE’s way of having Flair retain by beating Shirai so Ripley doesn’t take the pin/tap and they can do Flair/Ripley at something like SummerSlam.
However…I can’t give this something on the cold spectrum entirely, because I think the match itself could be rock solid.
Prediction: Charlotte Flair wins.
NXT North American Championship Match: Keith Lee (c) vs. Johnny Gargano = Scorching
Simply put, these guys are among the most entertaining performers in all WWE to me, not just NXT. I can’t imagine this will be anything but great.
I’m also very curious if there’s going to be a title change. I’m fully on board with Lee as champion, but I can see some potential in Gargano taking the North American title so Lee can move over to Raw or SmackDown, or possibly the NXT Championship soon enough (especially if Velveteen Dream were to come up short).
A likely great match between two of my favorites with a possible title change where I’ll be happy no matter who wins? That’s a winning combination.
Prediction: Johnny Gargano wins.
Six-Woman Tag Team Match: Candice LeRae, Dakota Kai and Raquel Gonzalez vs. Mia Yim, Shotzi Blackheart and Tegan Nox = Temperate
They added this to the card at 9:40pm on the go-home episode of NXT. Odd that they’d just toss a sixth match onto the lineup like this, that late, and for it to be this match, too. I’d have thought Yim vs LeRae on its own would have made more sense here, or the interim cruiserweight title tournament finals.
In any fashion, this is a do-nothing match. It’s good that we’ll get to see some more people on the card and there’s a chance the match is solid. Ultimately, though, it means zilch, so it’s hard to get super into it, but it’s nothing to be pissy about, either.
Prediction: Mia Yim’s team wins.
Tommaso Ciampa vs. Karrion Kross = Hot
I’m really curious what Karrion Kross has to offer, as all his matches so far have been short squashes. When paired with someone like Tommaso Ciampa, it should give him a chance to really excel.
Ciampa has a wonderful track record for his matches. Even if Kross isn’t all that he’s cracked up to be, I’m sure Ciampa’s going to get a great match out of him. Of course, if Kross is awesome, then that will just upgrade this match even more.
There’s no reason for me to be anything but Hot about this, and that doesn’t even include Scarlett being ringside.
Prediction: Karrion Kross wins.
Finn Balor vs. Damian Priest = Lukewarm
I was far more interested in how Finn Balor was going to work alongside WALTER than this pivot over to a Damian Priest feud. However, I think a lot of people overlook how entertaining Priest has been—at least, from my perspective.
He’s a rather reliable big man. Priest isn’t as great as Keith Lee or Dominik Dijakovic, but he’s held his own and he’s done some things I wouldn’t have expected. I actually enjoy his character, oddly enough, despite how awkward it is, and I think he makes sense as the attacker for this storyline.
This may be the best match Priest will have had in WWE so far. For that reason alone, I’m interested to see what these two can do.
Prediction: Finn Balor wins.
Those are my thoughts, but how do you feel about these particular feuds? What’s hot and what’s cold in your mind? Fill us in on your point of view in the comments below!