NXT’s next TakeOver live event was unconfirmed until last night, and it now looks like they’ve taped all the television which will take us up to the Sat., June 1 show.
We still don’t even know where the event will take place (Triple H will tweet that info to us next Monday), but we did learn the end of
War Viking Raiders Experience story on the black-and-gold brand, and got another title match lined up.
Here’s two matches we (mostly) knows are set for next month’s TakeOver, as of Wednesday night’s spoilers (get them in full here):
- Undisputed ERA vs. Street Profits vs. Danny Burch & Oney Lorcan vs. The Forgotten Sons for the vacant NXT Tag Team championship
Erik & Ivar are following in the proud NXT tradition of Paige and Asuka, and won’t put over whoever follows them as champs. The Raiders second match with Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins since New York was crashed, so this 4Way was General Manager William Regal’s solution. Another match which didn’t end with a winner was interrupted with a ladder, so the prevailing belief is this will get a stipulation which means the next titleholders could win the belts without pinning anyone.
- Johnny Gargano (c) vs. Adam Cole for the NXT title
Two falls weren’t enough for Johnny Champion when it comes to Undisputed’s leader... he needs THREE. Cole’s been crowing about getting the first pin during the two-out-of-three falls match he eventually lost in Brooklyn last month, so Gargano’s giving him a rematch to shut him up. Matt Riddle’s been pretty involved in this program. How that factors into the TakeOver plans, if at all, wasn’t clear from the taping.
These weren’t officially announced, but this ain’t our first rodeo, so we’re fairly confident these are at least at the ‘worth talking about’ stage:
- Tyler Breeze vs. Velveteen Dream (c) for the North American championship
The Gorgeous One is back. Prince Pretty cut off Dream to say he was “home”, and coming after the NA strap. Then Tyler playing the heel by attacking Velveteen while they took a selfie together.
- Shayna Baszler (c) vs. Io Shirai for the NXT Women’s title
This has been brewing since Shirai pinned the champ in tag action back in February. The Genius of the Sky didn’t factor into the decision in New York, and now has a motive for revenge since the MMA Horsewomen sent Io’s pal Kairi Sane off with a loss, too.
- Kushida vs. Drew Gulak
This happened Weds. night, but the Cruiserweight Crusader argued that the referee blew the call. Could be a pre-TakeOver dark match, but it was the only other clear direction we saw coming out of Full Sail.
There are some names who’ve spent a fair amount of time on television who aren’t represented above, but there aren’t programs justifying a PPV-level match built for folks like Bianca Belair, Candice LeRae, Mia Yim, Dominick Dijackovic or Keith Lee at this point.
Let us know what you think - about what we know and what’s still unanswered - below.