NXT did back-to-back tapings at Full Sail this week. This seems to have been because their trip to the United Kingdom and Europe will be happening in early June when they’d normally film one last batch of episodes before their next WWE Network live special. Whatever the reason, it means we’ve got a pretty clear picture of the card for June 16’s Takeover: Chicago 2 more than a month before the show.
- Johnny Gargano vs. Tommaso Ciampa in a Street Fight
They finished the build off with a bloody brawl which saw officials Johnny fighting off medics who were trying to treat Ciampa to inflict more punishment on his former partner. I’ve seen the criticism this is shaping up to be a one-match show. It won’t be. But if there’s one match which could carry a show...
- Aleister Black (c) vs. Lars Sullivan for the NXT Championship
Sullivan stood tall after another confrontation.
- Nikki Cross vs. Shayna Baszler (c) for the NXT Women’s Title
Another brawl and this one is on!
- Ricochet vs. Velveteen Dream
The game of one-ups-manship continued after a Ricochet win, and this one was also made official.
Not definitively announced at Full Sail, but definitely appears to be the direction...
- Undisputed ERA (Kyle O’Reilly and Roderick Strong) (c) vs. Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch for the NXT Tag Team Championship
The fallout from Roddy betraying United Kingdom Champ Pete Dunne to join Undisputed has been a major theme since New Orleans, and it continued to a show-closing brawl between Dunne & The Brit-Am Brawlers and O’Reilly, Strong and North American Titleholder Adam Cole on Thursday. It also seems they could add a Dunne vs. Cole match if there’s time, but we also have to see how British Strong Style vs. The ERA plays out in London next month, too...
In addition to lacking a clear North American Championship defense (the Lio Rush angle set up on Wednesday was blown off on Thursday, and may have only been for those in attendance), this also leaves a few notables on the sidelines - namely EC3. That’s the nature of things in WWE these days, though, I reckon.
There is also Brooklyn 4 just two months away, though.
Let us know what you think of the Chicago 2 below.