WWE NXT Takeover 31 Predictions

NXT present the 31st edition of Takeover this weekend from Full Sail University and Triple H has promised that it will have a different feel to it.

NXT Championship Match
Finn Balor vs Kyle O’Riley

With Balor only being champion for a relatively short period, he will retain here. It will be interesting how strongly O’Riley is booked as moving forward we might start to see some tension in the Undisputed Era.

Winner and Still NXT Champion: Finn Balor

NXT Women’s Championship Match
Io Shirai vs Candice LeRae

The Garganos are out for some gold on this evening. I believe though that LeRae will put over Shirai on this night as a departing gift before she moves to Raw in the draft.

Winner and Still WWE NXT Women’s Champion: Io Shirai

NXT North American Championship Match
Damian Priest vs Johnny Gargano

Like the women’s match, I see Gargano moving to Raw in the draft too. Priest has just become champion and a win over Gargano will solidify him a little more. Plus with regards to Gargano, feels like we’ve seen him in this type of match before and he has nothing to prove in NXT anymore. I believe it’s time he moves on to freshen up his character a bit.

Winner and Still NXT North American Champion: Damian Priest

Kushida vs Velveteen Dream

I think Kushida is starting to get a bigger push, Triple H has mentioned him a couple of times as of late in interviews. Kushida wins here but where he goes from here will be the question.

Winner: Kushida

NXT Cruiserweight Championship Match
Santos Escobar vs Isaiah ‘Swerve’ Scott

I feel we haven’t seen the full potential of Santos Escobar run as Cruiserweight Champion. Even though I think this is the only match on the card we might get a title change, I still believe we won’t. I think Escobar wins and moves on to maybe a bigger, more high profile feud for the title, maybe even against Kushida.

Winner and Still NXT Cruiserweight Champion: Santos Escobar

NXT Takeover is always a good show and even though on paper is doesn’t look like a card that would be outstanding, we might just be surprised at how good this show will be

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