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NXT Takeover Toronto: Predictions and Preview


Prior to the 30th Survivor Series happening on Sunday night, the wrestlers of NXT will happen to bright the lights of Toronto with NXT Takeover: Toronto. Before I give my predictions for each match, I would like to say that the card looks very stacked and looks like the NXT card will have matches that would be better than what is being put on Survivor Series.
Here is the card and here are my predictions:

The Revival ( Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder) vs. D.I.Y ( Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa)
in a two out of three falls match for the NXT Tag Titles

When these teams had a match at the last Takeover, they had a great match and it seemed that Gargano and Ciampa were in line to win the titles from Dawson and Wilder. I fully expect to see both of these up on the main roster at some point, I feel whoever loses this match will be the ones to move on to the main roster first. The Revival and DIY are both over with the NXT universe, however, I see Gargano and Ciampa losing this match and moving on to the main roster to join the Cruiserweight division.
Winner: The Revival retains the NXT title

Bobby Roode vs. Tye Dillinger

Before I even get into predicting this match, I see this match getting the loudest ovation from the Toronto audience as both wrestlers are from Canada. Bobby Roode lives in Toronto and Tye Dillinger lives in St. Catharines. This match was made after Roode turned on Dillinger in their first-round match in the Dusty Rhode Tag Team tournament against a debuting Sanity. I see Tye Dillinger getting the win in this match as this could push him up the rankings in NXT. While I fully suspect to see Tye up on the main roster before Bobby Roode, I see Tye Dillinger getting pushed in NXT before getting the call-up.
Winner: Tye Dillinger

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The Authors of Pain ( Rezar and Akam) vs. TM- 61 (Nick Miller and Shane Thorne)


In the finals of the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic *Paul Ellering (Manager of Authors of Pain) will be suspended above the ring in a cage*
This match did come as a surprise as no one thought these were going to be the final two teams. However, I hope WWE actually does right here and actually does something with whoever wins this match. What I would want is whoever wins this match gets into a program with the NXT Tag Team champions. Since I have the Revival retaining the NXT tag titles and they happen to be heels, the logical choice would be to have TM-61 to win, so then they could be the faces. However, since you have had the Authors of Pain pretty much run rough shot on the entire division, it would be foolish to have them lose in this sense. This match is probably one of the toughest ones to pick.
Winner: Authors of Pain

Asuka vs. Mickie James for the NXT Woman’s title

I would be very surprised if Mickie James wins the title. I would like to note that originally WWE had contacted Trish Stratus to make her comeback, but around then was when it was announced that she was pregnant with her second child, so Mickie was option number 2. The point of this match is to make Asuka a heel and probably set up for the inevitable match between Ember Moon and Asuka at the either the takeover before the Royal Rumble or the one before Wrestlemania. I don’t see this as being a long match and I could see this being a rather quick match. This is Mickie James first time back in the WWE in a bit of time.
Winner: Asuka retains the NXT woman title

Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Samoa Joe for the NXT Championship

I fully am expecting that Nakamura will retain his title and this will be the last NXT match for Samoa Joe. I can’t see Samoa Joe not being on the main roster either by the end of 2016 or by early 2017. These two wrestlers can put on a good story and can have a decent match.
Since Bobby Roode will end up staying in NXT for most of 2017, I could see him being the new feud for Nakamura coming out of this or I could see them waiting to start that feud in early 2017.
Winner: Nakamura retains


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