Hey everybody! Big wrestling weekend for us nerds who love the world of sports entertainment and all the magic it has to offer! Nick will be at both Takeover and Summerslam, and I too will be at Summerslam so this week, you will be hearing some first hand on site takes from us this upcomming week. In the meantime, here’s my predictions for both NXT TAKEOVER: Brooklyn 4 as well as Sumerslam, match by match. LETS DO THIS!
NXT Takeover Brooklyn 4 Card
Velveteen Dream Vs EC3
I see the pattern of Dream losing at Takeovers continuing with this one. EC3 needs a big match to showcase his skills, and Dream is as over as anyone can be right now so he doesn’t need the win. Honestly, I think this should be Dreams last match in NXT. The dude is beyond ready for the main roster. He’s the absolute total package (shout out Lex Luger) for a pro wrestler. In ring, mic skills, character, looks. He’s got them all and he’s top notch with all.
Richie’s Pick: EC3 gets the win in a hell of an opener.
Undisputed Era Vs Moustache Mountain (Tag Team Title Match)
Nice buildup to this one. That match a few weeks ago on NXT where Bate had to throw in the towel for Trent Seven was a damn masterpiece of a tag match. Honestly, I’m really hoping they fix the tag divisions on the main roster, because both these teams are up there with the best the big shows have to offer. Undisputed Era in particular tho, might be THE best tag team in all of wrestling. Yes, better than even the USOs, New Day, & the bucks of youth. Look for them to retain here as I just can’t see them sending the belts over to the UK long term like that.
Richie’s Pick: Undisputed Era
Shayna Baszler Vs Kairi Sane (NXT Women’s Title)
My heart says Sane. She’s got a champ vibe to her. Baszler is ready to go up. Sane beat Baszler to win the inaugural Mae Young Classic. It all adds up for me. Also, Baszler has pretty much been champ the entire time she’s been with NXT. She lost that first shot to Ember where she dominated the match, and never looked back from there. Awesome title run, but it’s time to move on.
Richie’s Pick: AND NEWWWW NXT WOMENS CHAMPION, KAIRI SANE
Adam Cole Vs Ricochet (NXT North American Title)
This should be a hell of a match. Ricochet is, in my opinion, the most talented in ring performer the WWE universe has in it currently. His mic skills are good, but he makes up for any weakness there with his amazing feats of athleticism. Cole is amazing in his own right. He’s like a young Shawn Michaels in every way. I do see Cole dropping the belt here tho. I think It’s time for him to move onto the big title picture and then get ready to move up to the big time. Let Ricochet have this moment.
Richie’s Pick: AND NEWWWW NXT NORTH AMERICAN CHAMPION, RICOCHET
Thomasso Ciampa Vs Johnny Gargano in a Last Man Standing Match (NXT Title)
These two have had nothing short of wars with each other. Ciampa is the best heel in the entire company right now. Johnny is the best Daniel Bryan / scrappy underdog clone I’ve seen in a while. He can do work in the ring and works really well with Ciampa. My pick here is Gargano, because that’s what makes the most sense. Take the belt off Ciampa, ignite the feud with him and Aleister Black since Johnny cost him the title, and have Ciampa fuck Johnny out of it when Black returns as his farewell to NXT. Bottom line tho is this match should be a thing of beauty from every aspect, since when these two are together everything is.
Richie’s Pick: AND NEWWWW NXT CHAMPION, JOHNNY WRESTLING
Now its time to break down the 13(!!!) match card for Summerslam. Let me preface this with the fact that a lot of the buildup on the Raw side of this was TRASH. Raw has honestly sucked for quite a bit now, so I’m concerned with where we go from here with a lot of it. The good thing is that everything basically resets after this like after mania, so at least there is hope for the future. Smackdown has me way more hype for the show. Anyways, here we go.
Rusev & Lana vs. Andrade “Cien” Almas & Zelina Vega (Kickoff Match)
This match is more intriguing than the Balor-Corbin match, yet it’s relegated to the pre- show. Great job bookers! Anyway, I see Almas & Vega winning this. For one, They are definitely in line for a push since they have a nice little following going, Zelina is EXCELLENT in her role as his manager, and Almas is a damn beast in the ring. Build him a bit and then get Mysterio back into the mix. The storyline writes itself and will boost Almas to the stratosphere. Also it makes sense for Rusev and Lana to lose because of Aiden English, giving the match an aftermath where Rusev & Lana separate themselves from the best vocalist on the roster.
Richie’s Pick: Almas & Vega
The B-Team (c) vs. The Revival (Kickoff Show)
Another match that should be on the main card. I like what they’ve done so far with B Team, other than taking their actually good entrance music and changing it to a garbage Spirit Squad type of music. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. I also think that The Revival are criminally underrated. These guys have every bit of the chops it takes to be a top tag team, and they bring that old school vibe with them as well. I see this as the end of the B Team winning streak
Richie’s Pick: AND NEWWWW RAW TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS, THE REVIVAL
Cedric Alexander (c) vs. Drew Gulak (For the Cruiserweight Championship)
This will be a good in ring match with lots of solid high spots. Truth be told, the best pure wrestling in the company happens weekly on 205 Live. They have done a great job revamping that brand ever since the Enzo mess. Great young talent. Great matches. Less of the storytelling / out of ring stuff the main roster relies on. All this makes it a very nice compliment to the weekly TV. I see Gulak taking this. Alexander, although great in ring, is a very boring Cruiserweight champ. Gulak has a ton of charisma and is sneaky a great character as well as a great in ring worker. It’s time for Gulak to reign over the little guys.
Richie’s Pick: AND NEWWWW CRUISERWEIGHT CHAMP, DREW GULAK
Shinsuke Nakamura (c) vs. Jeff Hardy (For the United States Championship)
KEEP THE BELT ON NAKAMURA. Seriously. He has been way better than I thought as a heel, and he’s definitely better off with the belt. Have Shinsuke win with interference from Randy Orton, and ignite the Jeff & Randy program, which doesn’t need a belt in anyway to succeed. Nakamura can easily move on to a new feud with a simple challenge for the belt.
Richie’s Pick: Shinsuke Nakamura
Carmella (c) vs. Charlotte Flair vs. Becky Lynch (For the Smackdown Women’s Championship)
This match has me interested, mainly because of the loser ass smarks irrational hate for Mella. It’s as if those losers don’t realize that hating on Mella because she’s attractive is no better than Meltzer not liking Peyton Royce’s work because of her implants or other fans hating on Nia or Tamina because they are bigger women. Mella is an excellent mic worker and has grown leaps and bounds in the ring. Charlotte shouldn’t win here. She doesn’t need the belt to get over and would be much better served challenging the winner of this after the fact. Even tho the loser ass smarks want Becky to win here, I do agree that it’s the right move. Lead this to a Becky – Charlotte feud, and move Mella to a new feud. I could see a program between her and Naomi being entertaining and a nice new avenue to go down.
Richie’s Pick: AND NEWWWW SMACKDOWN WOMENS CHAMPION, BECKY LYNCH
Daniel Bryan vs. The Miz
This could be the main event of the show. Easily has the most potential to steal the evening. You have two of the best in the company here, one being the super babyface and the other being a world class heel, meeting after a long hiatus, is exactly what this show needs. I don’t see this being the ” payoff” match. I see this as the first big match of a long program, especially since it’s pretty much set that DB is re-signing with WWE when his contract is up in September. I’d like to see Brie come out, stop Maryse from interfering, and DB get the W here.
Richie’s Pick: Daniel Bryan
Dolph Ziggler (c) vs. Seth Rollins (For the Intercontinental Championship)
The match at Extreme Rules was really good if you watch it without the sound of the shitty Pittsburgh crowd counting the clock down like idiots. I expect an even better match this time. Adding Ambrose to the mix here is great. I am rooting for Dolph to retain due to an Ambrose heel turn on Rollins. I would love a Rollins – Ambrose feud with a Survivor Series payoff match.
Winner: Dolph Ziggler
Braun Strowman vs. Kevin Owens (if Braun loses in any way, Owens gets the briefcase)
I feel like this match should actually open the show. You see, back in the day, (and a nice recent example is how they positioned the LAX – OGz feud at Slammiversary recently) they used to have storylines weave their way throughout a ppv. This is the PERFECT match to do it with since the winner can and most likely will be part of the main event. I see my main man KO taking this one with some of his great chicken heel tactics, which are very much in play since ANY loss costs Braun the briefcase. Then you take this and weave it into the whole main event. Infer a possible KO / Heyman team up (aka my dream and will cause me to shoot a rope on the back of whoever is sitting in front of me Sunday), and add some more uncertainty and excitement to the main event. DO IT VINCE & TRIPLE H MAKE IT HAPPEN.
Richie’s Pick: Kevin Owens
The Bludgeon Brothers (c) vs. The New Day (For the Smackdown Tag Team Championship)
REALLY wanted to see sanity in this one, but I am a fan of the work of The New Day so I won’t complain. I see them taking the belts here with some help from whoever is the odd man out Sunday. Could be a solid match honestly. All those involved here can go and make it entertaining. Should actually be a good match.
Richie’s Pick: AND NEWWWW SMACKDOWN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS, THE NEWWW DAYYYY
Finn Balor vs. Baron Corbin
This whole feud is a dumpster fire. Just pure garbage. Nothing at all compelling or interesting here. Nothing matters with this match at all. It can’t be tied to anything in the future because it’s been done so shitty so far.
Richie’s Pick: Balor i guess who gives a shit
Alexa Bliss (c) vs. Ronda Rousey (For the Raw Women’s Championship)
Ronda takes this no doubt about it. Can’t see how she won’t. Plus, with her connection to Nattie and the passing of her father this past week, the LEGEND Jim “the Anvil” Neidhart, I can see a Nattie run in to stop Alicia Fox from interfering in the match, leading to a nice feel good moment for the show.
Richie’s Pick: AND NEWWWW RAW WOMENS CHAMPION, ROWDY RONDA ROUSEY
AJ Styles (c) vs. Samoa Joe (For the WWE Championship)
Great build up for this one. I personally think it’s Joe’s time to shine. AJ just broke JBL’s record for longest title reign by a champ on a single show. He’s been through pretty much everyone you’d want to see him defend against. Joe on the other hand, has had a bit of rough go of it on the main roster due to some untimely injuries, but still is the most believable bad ass not named Brock that the company has. The promos leading up to this, particularly the Joe one where he went in on AJ’s family, were great. I see this being one of if not the best match of the night, going toe to toe for the show stealer. I see Joe taking this and starting a nice heel title run on Smackdown.
Richie’s Pick: AND NEWWW WWE CHAMPION, SAMOA JOE
Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Roman Reigns (For the Universal Championship)
Ahh yes. The biggest controversy in WWE not related to a Meltzer fuck up. We have the longest reigning champ in modern history, Brock Lesnar, vs a guy so hated that I have now grown to like him because the hate has become so petty and irrational that it’s trash, Roman Reigns. Even tho we have seen this happen a few times already, they have admittedly built this up well the last 4 weeks. Heyman has sold the shit out of it, Brock has still looked like a savage animal, and Reigns has carried his weight here quite well. The finish to this isn’t even booked yet, with Brock having a meeting literally Sunday afternoon with Vince and co to decide how they are gonna do the finish here, and deal with Brock wanting to do this and UFC going forward. Here is what I want to see here:
This should keep with their tradition of brutal, physical matches. Maybe some blood comes into play here. Brock retains, leading to a Kevin Owens cash in, that is thwarted by a double turn courtesy of the advocate, Paul Heyman. Brock and Paul leave Reigns and Owens beaten and battered, while the crowd goes 1996 Bash at the Beach level wild tossing trash and booing crazily, and Brock goes on to be the first ever WWE and UFC champ at the same time.
Richie’s Pick: Brock retains after a whole lot of fuckery.