NXT Takeover: Portland Preview
NXT TakeOver: Portland takes place tonight!! This card is stacked!!! You can catch the show live on the WWE Network. It starts at 7 ET/4PT and takes place in Portland, Oregon.
The preshow kicks off at 6:30 ET/3:30 PT, also streaming live on WWE Network. Other sites to watch it, WWE.com, the WWE App, YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter. On this preshow, we have Charly Caruso, Sam Roberts, and Mansoor previewing the show. But before all that, your Golden Voiced Southern Boy from AEE has a match preview for you!
Johnny Gargano vs Finn Balor
This one has become heated. Real heated. Two of the best in-ring workers the WWE has to offer and two of the cornerstone pieces of the Black and Gold brand. The feud started when Balor returned to NXT and attacked Gargano. The Prince has come back to NXT with a vengeance and he looks to take Johnny TakeOver out for good. Gargano disgusts Balor and Balor will once again be the face of NXT. This feud has brought out an angrier and focused Johnny Gargano. We have seen Johnny Wrestling get some payback on Finn. This is a dream match we have been waiting for. These guys are going to tear the house down tonight. But at the end of the day, it will be Finn Balor hitting Gargano with 1916 for the 1-2-3.
Tegan Nox vs Dakota Kai-Street Fight
Talk about getting personal? These two women have been beating the heck out of each other since Kai’s awesome heel turn at Takeover: Wargames. At Wargames Kai went after the injured leg of Nox. They have been going back and forth at each other ever since. HHH has done a great job with this storyline showing how you can build women’s feuds without a title on the line. The main roster needs to take notes. This match has the potential to steal the show and will be the best women’s match of the night. As much as I want Kai to win I expect Tegan Nox to get to victory.
NXT North American Championship- Keith Lee vs. Dominik Dijakovic
Did I speak too soon? Did somebody say steal the show? Lee has had an amazing run as a singles star for NXT. Lee defeated Roderick Strong for the NXT North American Title to win his first gold with the company. Lee plans to hold this belt for quite some time but Dijakovic has other plans. The 6 ft. 7 athletic monster looks to take the title from Lee. These two competitors are no strangers to one another. This is not the first time, they have squared off and it won’t be the last but for now, it is the most important. These guys have fought all over the world and put on show-stealing matches. Expect no different tonight. DD will look great in defeat but Keith Lee will retain his belt.
NXT Tag-Team Championship Match-The Undisputed Era Kyle O’Reilly and Bobby Fish vs. Matt Riddle and Pete Dunne
UE has been dominant in their title reign, taking care of some of the best tag teams in NXT but the BroserWeights are looking to change all of that. Dunne and Riddle seem like such an odd pairing but it works. They are fantastic together. We saw Roddy lose his belt to Lee and that was the first domino to fall for UE. Next will be the tag titles. This match will be fantastic, physical, and great in-ring. Expect the BroserWeights to walk out of Portland with the gold.
NXT Women’s Championship Match Rhea Ripley vs. Bianca Belair
The Women’s Champ Ripley has been on a tear. Stealing the show at WarGames & Survivor Series. Ripley def. Shayna Baszler to become the Woman in the women’s division. But this title defense will not come easy. The Powerhouse and track-star from Tennessee don’t play. She had a record seven eliminations in the Women’s Royal Rumble. She has proved herself as one of the stand out superstars in NXT. Belair wants that Championship and she want it bad. Rhea Ripley has been overlooking Belair as she looks to challenge Charlotte Flair at Wrestlemania. Bianca has been awesome in her role reminding Rhea and the World she has to beat her first. As much as I love Rhea and as hot as she has been I expect Bianca to win the title tonight. This will give us a triple threat title match at Wrestlemania between Belair, Ripley, and Flair.
NXT Championship Match Adam Cole vs. Tommaso Ciampa
Champion Adam Cole has had quite the reign so far. He has taken all challengers but with a hungry and determined Ciampa coming off a neck injury that sidelined him and made him relinquish Goldie. Daddy’s Home and he’s given Cole hell since he’s been back. This match will be very good but this feud isn’t close to ending. The end will come at Takeover Wrestlemania weekend where Ciampa will win the belt. However, in this match expect shinanigans from UE and Cole to retain the belt.
This show is going to be awesome. On paper, it has the potential to be the best Takeover yet!
Enjoy the show!
Written by Tyler Peters.
Predictions by Tim King