NXT Preview and Predictions 08.05
The Imperium vs. The Undisputed Era for the NXT Tag Team Championship
I am hoping that this match will kick-off the show. The Imperium are the best tag teams from the U.K. and are the current tag team champions. The Undisputed Era has been in a slump, seeking retaliation and taking back what was once in their possession - the NXT Tag Team belts.
(Prediction) The match will result in a no contest. I would love to see The Imperium (Walter, Marcel Barthel, Fabian Aichner, and Alexander Wolfe) and The Undisputed Era ( Adam Cole, Bobby Fish, Kyle O'Reilly, and Roderick Strong) collide once again.
Rhea Ripley vs. Dakota Kai #1 Contenders match
Both superstars will have an opportunity to seek the top spot for the NXT Women's Championship at NXT Takeover: XXX. Kai attacked Io Shirai two weeks ago, making a statement that she will take the title away from her. Last Wednesday, Rhea Ripley interfered with Kai's interview, saying she was the one to challenge for the title. The match is set for this Wednesday.
(Prediction) Dakota Kai wins. Somehow, her BFF Raquel Gonzales, who has not been seen for a few weeks now, will help Kai win her match. This will set up a fantasy match between Ripley and Gonzales.
Keith Lee vs. Cameron Grimes
Cameron Grimes talks more than what he can do. Grimes claims he is the number one contender and can outsmart the Champion, Keith Lee. However, Lee's only focus is to get his hands on Karrion Kross.
*Thought* - You ever had a bad day when you do not want to be bothered. And then, that someone or person approaches and just talks nonsense. Would you want to put a sock into it? *|*
For Grimes, he is the annoying superstar that gets into situations he cannot help but receive the ass end of things. He suffered a jaw contusion from Lee. Grimes calls out Lee, stating he is a coward and will teach him a lesson.
(Prediction) Lee will destroy Grimes. Afterward, Karrion Kross will do a promo.
Bronson Reed vs. Shane Thorne
Reed won the first triple threat match to qualify for the North American Championship at NXT Takeover: XXX. He will square off against Thorne and continue his momentum this Wednesday.
(Prediction) Reed is on the hot seat. He will not fail. Reed wins.
Damian Priest, Oney Lorcan, Ridge Holland Triple Threat NXT North American Championship Qualifying Match.
Bronson Reed and Lumis Dexter are the two superstars that qualified for the North American Championship Match. Who will be the third superstar to qualify?
Damian Priest - Since March 2020, Priest has squared off against Tommaso Ciampa, Keith Lee, Finn Balor, and Dominik Dijakovic. He seems to be the favorite to win the triple threat match. He has defeated Cameron Grimes and Killian Dain. Priest hopes to continue his winning streak and place himself in contention for the title.
Oney Lorcan - Lorcan has become more of a singles competitor. He is a former tag team with Danny Burch. Although he was in a 6-person tag match at WWE 205 Live with Burch and Mansoor, he has been on his own in NXT. Lorcan has a big challenge ahead of him.
Ridge Holland - Holland will debut NXT in the U.S. in the triple threat match. On March 7, 2020, he suffered his very first loss in a singles competition to Walter at NXT UK. His record is 6 wins and 1 loss at NXT UK. However, in any other conditioned match, he has never won. Overall, Holland has won 31% of his matches and may find himself in a tough situation against his opponents.
(Prediction) Priest wins.
Teagan Nox/Candice LeRae/Dakota Kai
Nox illegally knocked down LeRae during last week's tag team match that allowed Io Shirai to get the victory. Kai is disengaged with LeRae and who knows what can possibly happen there. Somehow, there has to be a development to a storyline that can affect the match with Rhea Ripley vs. Dakota Kai.
Also, will there be any promos between Shotzi Blackheart and Mercedes Martinez?