After a 17-month hiatus, I am proud to announce that I am back to doing WWE and AEW PPV Predictions.
This is my predictions for NXT
TakeOver Stand & Deliver PPV 2022.
- Tommaso Ciampa vs Tony D'Angelo
This looks to be the very end of Tommaso's run in NXT. He has outlived pretty much everyone on the roster and he has done everything that he could possibly do on the rainbow brand and I feel that his time to go to the main roster is well overdue.
Giving the rub to Tony D 🤌is the right way to tie a nice little bow on this chapter of his professional wrestling career.
I don't see Ciampa leaving WWE at all, but I hope to see him full time on the main roster after this weekend and hopefully be in the upper card and gunning for the world title.
Tony D'Angelo to win.
- LA Knight vs Gunther
This is a difficult one to call. Gunter has been in WWE for a few years now and LA Knight has been shooting up in terms of becoming a main event star and I could see him coming along with Tommaso to the main roster and being a great guy on the mic.
Gunther (And the rest of IMPERIUM) could go to the main roster as well to mix things up and become a dominant force on RAW/SmackDown because I feel that they have done everything already by being in NXT and NXT UK. Gunther had that long NXT UK Championship reign and I don't see him going after the NXT Championship any time soon, so bring them all up.
This would be a great match none-the-less and I hope that Gunther wins.
- Toxic Attraction (C) vs Raquel Gonzalez & Dakota Kai for the NXT Women's Tag Team Championship.
It was a bit jarring this week when Raquel and Dakota came back together as a tag team, but going into this match and looking at this, it's quite obvious that Raquel's and Dakota's time on NXT is coming to an end. Being on the main roster would be a great addition.
Both have been great and just like Ciampa, Kai has been in NXT since late 2015 (Signing a contract in late 2016). And with Raquel being as impressive as she has been in the last couple of years, it's great if the likes of them were rewarded by coming to the main roster.
They would make a great dent in the WWE Women's Tag Team scene which is in desperate need of saving. There is no reason for Toxic to lose the titles at this stage. I feel that they can go all the way to <summer ppv event> with the titles...
Toxic Attraction to retain the titles.
- IMPERIUM (C) vs The Creed Brothers vs MSK in a Triple Threat for the NXT Tag Team Championships
As I have said previously about Gunther, IMPERIUM's time in NXT is pretty much done. They have had a great run and would be nice to see them being the monster heels on the main roster. They have been great in NXT and NXT UK and would fit in great.
The Creed Brothers have really grown on me since the Dusty Cup and would be fitting for them to be the new champions. MSK don't need the titles as they are a charismatic duo that can stand on their own feet without the title.
I don't see MSK moving up just yet and for now they could be in a great programme with Creed Bros, the lumberjack dudes (Josh Briggs and his friend) and perhaps Jacket Time.
The Creed Brothers to become champions.
- Carmelo Hayes (C) vs Santos Escobar vs Solo Sikoa vs Grayson Waller vs Cameron Grimes in a Ladder Match for the NXT North American Championship
This is probably going to be the most fun match of the night. Every time NXT does a ladder match for the title, it is always a blast! This is a harder match to predict given that you have so many men but also so many great opportunities. Through shenanigans, I can see a screwy finish quite easily and given their recent actions, my money would be on Santos Escobar.
He seems to have been lost in the shuffle ever since losing the NXT Cruiserweight Championship to Carmelo Hayes. Solo and Grayson have only come onto the scene and while I could see a programme between Grayson and Santos, it would leave Solo hanging around in the mid-card.
For Cameron, I think he is ready for the main roster, so I wouldn't be surprised if he doesn't win it. I would like to see Carmelo retain it until the summer PPV event.
Santos to win the title if Carmelo doesn't retain.
- Mandy Rose (C) vs Cora Jade vs Io Shirai vs Kay Lee Ray in a Fatal 4-Way for the NXT Women's Championship
One thing for sure about the NXT Women's Division, it is STACKED. There is so much great female talent and this has been showcased with the arrival of Mandy Rose from RAW/SD, KLR from NXT UK and Io being well... Io!
This has been a great feud. Unfortunately, I don't think we are going see Toxic Attraction leave with all 3 belts. Mandy (in my opinion) is going to lose the Championship. She has been great as a champion, but I feel that the cowardly heel is not going to help. There may be some interference from Gigi and Jaycie but it won't work to her advantage.
Since October (Halloween Havoc), Mandy has only defended the title twice and it was against Cora Jade and Kay Lee Ray. But I feel that Cora could be the one to get the title. There has been a lot of hype around Cora Jade as of late and while I also like the idea of Kay Lee Ray becoming champion, I don't think it's time for her reign yet.
If they don't put the title onto Io, I would not be surprised if she is moved to the main roster soon afterwards. She has done a lot on the brand I feel that her time could be up. As for Mandy, I see her staying in NXT with TA but I don't see her or the others moving up to the main roster any time soon.
Cora Jade to win the NXT Women's Championship.
- Dolph Ziggler (C) vs Bron Breakker for the NXT Championship.
You would think that this is an easy one to predict. DZ goes down to Florida, gets the title and hot potato it back to Bron at Stand & Deliver. No. Not me.
I think the show-off is sticking around for a while. He doesn't need to go back to RAW full time... to do what? Be on Main Event and tag with Robert Roode? Let him stay in Florida for a bit, let him train up some of the guys down there and while that is happening, let him hold that title.
Plus, I would expect some shenanigans from Robert Roode at some stage in the match.
Bron is great and don't get me wrong, he could well be on the main roster by Monday night, but that would be pulling the trigger too soon. WWE should hold off until at least later this year, but ideally this time next year.
Bron still needs a bit of work on promos in my opinion and a bit more experience in ring. 2022 is going to be a good year for Bron if he can keep up his training and the development of his character. For now:
Dolph Ziggler to retain the NXT Championship.