Tonight, NXT takes over WrestleMania weekended with the live Takeover: Orlando special. Tonight’s big event is headlined by NXT Champion Bobby Roode defending his championship against the former champion, Shinsuke Nakamura. Both the NXT Women’s Championship and the NXT Tag Team Championship will also be on the line as NXT Women’s Champion Asuka, the undefeated champion, defends against the fierce Ember Moon. NXT Tag Team Champions the Author’s of Pain defend against former champions #DIY and The Revival in a Triple Threat Elimination Match.
Tonight’s NXT should be a fantastic show to really help set the tone for WrestleMania tomorrow night. Here’s the full card for tonight’s big show:
- Bobby Roode vs. Shinsuke Nakamura for the NXT Championship.
- Asuka vs. Ember Moon for the NXT Women’s Championship.
- The Authors of Pain vs. Tommaso Ciampa and Johnny Gargano vs. The Revival in a Triple Threat elimination match for the NXT Tag Team Championship.
- Tye Dillinger, No Way Jose, Roderick Strong, and Ruby Riot vs. Eric Young, Alexander Wolfe, Killian Dain, and Nikki Cross in an eight-person tag match.
- Aleister Black vs. Andrade “Cien” Almas.
As for my predictions, I’m going to say Bobby Roode retains the title and Shinsuke Nakamura moves on to the main roster, hopefully Smackdown. The women’s match is really difficult. I think it’s time for Asuka to move on from NXT, but should she finally lose before she makes her WWE proper debut? I’m going to say no. I think she should retain and have to vacate the title when she gets called up. The whole “this woman was undefeated in NXT” aspect is very appealing. So I’m going with Asuka to retain, though I am a huge fan of Ember Moon.
It’s becoming a trend I know, but let’s be honest here, #DIY and The Revival have done everything there is to do in NXT. Both teams are well overdue to debut on the main roster, and I know if they were to get called up, there’d be a serious hole in the NXT tag team division. But they can’t stay in NXT forever. I’m picking the Author’s of Pain.
I’m also going with Sanity in the eight-person tag match and Aleister Black over Almas.
NXT TakeOver: Orlando airs LIVE tonight at 7pm CT on WWE Network with a pre-show beginning at 6:30pm.