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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

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NXT Takeover 2 Preview

NXT TAKEOVER 2 Preview Article 
by Nathan Neumann and Jonathan Dortch 

 Jon:  First, I want to thank Nathan (@headliner5) for once again joining me in predicting yet another WWE special event. I’m hoping to do better at my predictions this time around, as I failed miserably at Summer Slam.  NXT has been touted as the premiere brand for the WWE Network, as it is one of the most viewed shows on the network. NXT features the young talented wrestlers of the company and actually emphasizes the wrestling. Don’t expect NXT Takeover 2 to deviate from that successful blueprint.   

NathanThanks for the intro Jon, it's great to be predicting a show with you once again and this one looks to be one hell of a line up.  NXT always excites me even when RAW and Smackdown aren't delivering.  I know that WWE is still capable of knowing how to run a proper wrestling company, and WWE NXT is proof of that.  My only gripe with the show is actually the name of it.  They have already taken over so to speak,so having Thursday's event being called Takeover 2 is a bit counter productive but I'll learn to look past that.  Anyways lets get to predictions shall we?  

Bayley vs. Charlotte (C) 
NXT Women's Championship Match  

Jon: Charlotte has been impressive as champ, showing an aggressive side and ring savvy in her matches. Bayley might be all about warm fuzzy hugs, but she isn’t a push over. She has also been impressive with her consistent improvement in the ring.  Charlotte is a Flair, so she’s been bred for success. She just might be ready to make her introduction to the main roster, but I look for her to retain her title.  

NathanCharlotte is a special performer to say the least and she just had to be, given who her father is. She has been put under a lot of pressure to be a great in ring performer, and while she's not great at it yet, she's on her way to being a solid female wrestler, which is what the diva's division desperately needs.  I'm going against Jon on this one because I feel the time is right for Charlotte to lose the title and go on to bigger and better things (the main roster). Bayley will fit the role as NXT women's champion going forward quite nicely.  

Mojo Rawley vs. Bull Dempsey  

Jon:  Bull Dempsey wins… not much more to say than that.   

Nathan: I'll be a bit more wordy than Jon on my response, but I do in fact believe that Bull Dempsey will win this match.  I really don't care who wins the match because both guys are very forgettable, but I hope it will at least be a decent match.    

Kalisto and Sin Cara vs. The Ascension (Viktor and Konnor) (C) 
NXT Tag Team Championship Match 

 Jon: Contrast of styles should make for an interesting match. To call The Ascension a dominate tag team would be a gross understatement: they have laid waste to every challenge that has been put before them. Sin Cara and Kalisto are in for a physical match and although they are a new tag team, they have great chemistry and an exciting move set. This will be the upset match as somehow Sin Cara and Kalisto will become new NXT tag team champions  

Nathan: For once in a very long time I find myself actually looking forward to an Ascension match.  They have been the NXT tag team champions far too long (longest reigning tag team champions in history) and they have only wrestled jobbers.  They haven't had any real competition until this coming Thursday at Takeover 2.  This match will be a battle of The Ascension's power countered with the Speed of Kalisto and Sin Cara.  As in the women's title match that we covered earlier, I see the tag titles changing hands from the Ascension to Kalisto and Sin Cara. Then the Ascension will probably make their way up to the main roster at which point they will bore me to tears, because quite frankly they already are doing that.  

Sylvester Lefort vs. Enzo Amore 
Hair vs. Hair  

Jon: Really don't care for both of these guys so picking a winner is difficult.. flipping a coin heads for Enzo and tails for Lefort .. My magic coin has spoken, Enzo Amore wins and keeps his hair.   

Nathan: This match seemed to be added last minute as a filler match, but it's a match that I'm okay with them adding.  Sylvester Lefort has been great in his role and Enzo has been killing it every week with his promos and matches.  Sylvester already shaved off half of Enzo's beard this past week on the show leading up to this one, so I expect Enzo to exact revenge and shave the head of Lefort.  I could be wrong and they could go a complete different way with it by having Lefort win and having Amore be the one who gets his head shaved, but if they do that it will be a huge mistake in my book.  

Sami Zayn vs. Tyson Kidd vs. Tyler Breeze vs. Adrian Neville (C) Fatal Four Way Match for the NXT Championship 

  Jon: All four participants have been stellar in recent weeks on NXT. The personal rivalries between all four men will come to a head in this match. Kidd has been displaying a more aggressive yet jerk like heel persona and in previous weeks, crowd chants of “Nattie’s Husband” have brought out this side in him. Tyler Breeze, the beholder of all things pretty, Prince Pretty has shown that he’s not afraid to take a shot in the face, and still look good in beating any opponent. He’s been the #1 contender to Adrian Neville since Takeover and due to interference from Kidd, he’s yet to get a true one on one shot at the champ. Then you have Sami Zayn, "OLE OLE OLE OLE OLE OLE", there’s no denying that he’s a NXT fan favorite.  He is at the point where he needs to win the title for his own personal confidence. He’s taken some losses even though he has put on some of the best matches in his NXT career. The Champion Adrian Neville has taken on all comers and no matter how big or small, he has come out of every fight on top. This fatal four way will be a test to see if he can overcome any odds and retain his title. I think Neville will retain when it’s all said and done.   

Nathan: I'm looking forward to this match more than any other match on this show, which is why I am sad that I wont be able to watch the event live.  Like Jon said, all four of these guys have looked great in the previous weeks leading up to this match.  Tyson Kidd is even filling his role quite nicely as the jerk heel, and the "Tyson's Chicken" and "Nattie's Husband" chants by the NXT crowd are personal favorites of mine.  Sami Zayn is an all around solid performer and you would know that if you saw any of his work in Ring Of Honor. While I don't see him winning this match, he will put on a performance in it that we will not soon forget.  The current number one contender, Tyler Breeze, has been absolutely fantastic. His gimmick is one of a kind, it reminds me a lot of the old Rick Martel Model gimmick we saw in the late 80's early 90's, but this is far better in comparison.  The current champion Adrian Neville has been killing it every week as well with his fantastic matches, and he's really come into his own ever since he won the belt back in February at NXT Arrival.  This match can go multiple ways because it has four possible outcomes, but there is only one outcome that I will accept and that is Tyler Breeze winning the NXT Championship because the guy deserves it as a reward for his outstanding performances throughout the years (back to FCW).  If the match were to have Sami Zayn win I would be fine with that as well, but I don't think he needs the belt because he's already a fantastic performer and some guys just don' t need to be champion in this day and age.  

Well that does it for Jon and myself and our preview of NXT Takeover 2, I hope you enjoyed it and I look forward to seeing how we both did in our predictions come this Thursday when the show airs live on the WWE Network.  Even though I'll be watching it on a delay, I am still looking forward to seeing how the show will turn out in the end.  So until Thursday be sure to follow myself on Twitter @Headliner5 and follow Jon as well @BigJonDaLegend and to keep your eyes on the ring and be sure to visit http://www.eyesonthering.blogspot.com/ for more great articles from myself Jon and the rest of the Eyes On The Ring writers.


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