NXT TakeOver: Respect – Robert’s Picks + Predictions

Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Semifinals
Finn Balor & Samoa Joe vs. Scott Dawson & Dash Wilder

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Come on – look at these two teams. One’s a team of clear main eventers. The other would be jobbers, if not for the fact that they beat the tag team champions to get to where they’re at. It’s pretty clear who’s going to win – given that one of these teams has the NXT Champion in it.

My pick for this match is the team of Finn Balor & Samoa Joe.

Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Semifinals
Jason Jordan & Chad Gable vs. Baron Corbin & Rhyno

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I almost have the same thing to say about this match. My pick for this match is Baron Corbin and Rhyno, because they’ve both been in feuds with Finn and Samoa Joe, and the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic will be a solid venue for that to continue.

EDITOR’S NOTE: No way. Jason Jordan and Chad Gable are taking it. Why? Because they’re ready, willing, and GABLE!

Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Final

Before we do anything else – how are the tag team champions not in the finals, let alone in the semifinals? Preposterous!

Anyway, on to what seems like the obvious Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Final match.

Finn Balor & Samoa Joe vs. Baron Corbin & Rhyno

When these teams were placed into the tournament, I should have known it would up being this way. I’m a fan of tag team wrestling in particular, so I would have preferred for this tournament to be full of tag teams – not teams of two wrestlers thrown together, just to give them something to do. This could have been a really good chance to showcase the future of the NXT tag team division.

My pick for this match, again, because one of them is the NXT Champion – Finn Balor & Samoa Joe.

Apollo Crews vs. Tyler Breeze

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It’s odd to me – Tyler Breeze is someone who should be in the main event picture of NXT. However, it would seem that he’s destined to permanently be enhancement talent. Even though he debuted the Unprettier as a new finisher for himself. That was long overdue, if you ask me. Should’ve been in his repertoire a while ago.

My pick for this match is Apollo Crews.

Asuka vs. Dana Brooke

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Strong style versus – uh – um – yeah, I got nothing.

My pick for this match is Asuka.

30-Minute WWE Iron Man Match for the NXT Women’s Championship
Bayley vs. Sasha Banks

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There are so many different reasons to pick one of these participants over the other, but I’ll just keep it simple.

My pick for this match, because she recently won the title – Bayley.

P.S. For live coverage of NXT TakeOver: Respect, click HERE, and head over to Joey’s Finnegan article. He’ll be there live, starting at 8PM, when the special begins.

Robert Esposito
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