Monday, February 9, 2015

NXT Takeover: Rival- Final Previews

NXT Tag Title Match
Blake and Murphy vs The Lucha Dragons
The team of Kalisto and Sin Cara get their rematch for the tag titles against new champs Blake and Murphy it what will certainly be an exciting contest. Noted as a team to look out for in 2015, Blake and Murphy set out to make it so when they captured the titles in an upset victory back in January. The Lucha Dragons who shocked the world in their own right when they defeated The Ascension for the titles last year, will not make it an easy title defense for the new champs.

My pick: Blake and Murphy. With a mix of agility, explosiveness, and a cohesiveness as if they have been together for years, the two are clearly just getting started.

No DQ Match
Baron Corbin vs Bull Dempsey
It began as a game of one-upmanship between the two resident monsters of NXT and was only a matter of time before the two collided. The two finally met on the January 14th edition of NXT in a surprisingly short contest that ended with an emphatic End of Days delivered to Dempsey giving the victory to Baron Corbin. The two would find each other in the ring together again in the first round of the number one contenders tournament and unfortunately for Dempsey it would end in much the same way. However Dempsey would make it known this feud was far from over when he cost Corbin his match against Adrian Neville in the tournament finals, giving Corbin his first loss. Now the men will meet a third time and this time the rulebook is out the window.

My pick: Bull Dempsey. Going into this match 0-2 the New York Nightmare has the most to prove here and a No DQ match will play into his advantage. The only real question here is will this mark the final battle between the two beasts?

Number One Contenders Match
Adrian Neville vs Finn Balor
Former NXT champion Adrian Neville looks to thrust himself back into the title picture by taking on the Finn Balor in a match that is sure to be an instant classic. You go to youtube and search for any match from Finn Balor, the man formerly known as Prince Devitt and one of the top matches to come up is him vs Pac, who people now know as Adrian Neville. The only thing to really expect from this match is a very split crowd and a match that is damn near impossible to follow. This will be a match that is a virtual highlight reel, accentuated by the fact that it is a number one contenders match for the NXT title. This will be a nail-biter with many close calls.

My pick: Finn Balor. While the former champion Adrian Neville really hasn’t lost a step since losing his title back in December, it is Balor who seems to be on a meteoric rise in NXT. Once could tell immediately at his debut his main event presence wasn’t a question of if, but rather when.

Go back and read some of my other previews before the big show.

                                                               Final Thoughts
A mere days away from the NXT Takeover: Rival and a match between Hideo Itami and Tyler Breeze is more than likely to be added to the card, along with a possibly higly anticipated debut. Though despite who defeats who, the winners are likely us the fans. Without one single throw-away match on the card, NXT is sure to raise the bar just as have at every single live special they have done.


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