Court of Royal Opinion – NXT TakeOver: New Orleans

Welcome to the Court of Royal Opinion.  Here, I shall (hopefully accurately) predict the winners of the most incredible show to come out of New Orleans this week.  We’ll be here for “Dignified Discussion” beginning at 7pm on Friday evening but first, let’s see what the show holds for us, shall we?


Andrade Cien Almas (w/ Zelina Vega) vs. Aleister Black 

This is going to be a blast!  As has been said, Andrade owns his entire NXT career to Zelina Vega.  She put him on the map.  However, when he gets in the ring, he can absolutely tear it up.  Aleister is significantly more charismatic than Andrade so he carries that into the ring along with his incredible athleticism.  They will completely tear down the house – there is no question.  As for who wins, I like the idea of Andrade finally losing.  I think Zelina and he will chase well.

THE WINNAH and NEW!!!!! – Aleister Black


Ember Moon vs. Shayna Baszler

Here’s the one I’m looking forward to the most.  Ember has been just incredible since she showed up.  Her finisher, the Eclipse, is one of my absolute favorites.  The biggest surprise has been Shayna. Of course, we all know she can work.  What I didn’t expect was how good she’d be on the mic and as a character.  She completely pulls off the “devil may care” thing incredibly well and she can talk.  When she gets in the ring, she’s absolutely merciless.  The story they’ve been telling with each other has been really great.  As for who wins, I’m thinking it’s time for Ember to go to the main roster and for Shayna to rule with an iron fist.

THE WINNAH and NEW!!!!! – Shayna Baszler


NXT Tag Team Championship Match – The Undisputed Truth (Adam Cole [Bay Bay] & Kyle O’Reilly) vs. Pete Dunn & Roderick Strong vs. Authors of Pain (Rezar & Akam)

What a pickle the Undisputed Era got themselves into.  Gotta love it.  This is gonna be another fun one.  This will tie up that mess nicely.  As for who will win, I doubt it’ll be the Authors of Pain.  They need to pull the trigger on them and get them on the main roster.  It’s beyond time, really.  I then have to figure out if the belt will change hands.  I’m thinking it just might.  As a result

THE WINNAH and NEW!!!!! – Pete Dunne & Roderick Strong


NXT North American Championship Ladder Match:  Adam Cole (Bay Bay), Killian Dane, Velveteen Dream, Lars Sullivan, Ricochet, & EC3

I really want to see this one too!  Oh, the great stuff we’re gonna get on those ladders.  How Adam Cole is going to get through both of these matches is anyone’s guess.  I get the feeling there’ll be a bit more storytelling going on with regard to his involvement in this match.  Better yet, we also get the WWE ring debut of Ricochet.  I’m also thrilled that EC3 is getting a real shot on “NXT” television too.  He totally got the shaft as Derrick Bateman.  As for who wins, that’s a tough one.  I thought about this for a while before I made a prediction.  There are two new stars that could use the bump but they can’t both have it.  I just have to do this…

THE WINNAH! – Ricochet


Unsanctioned Match:  Johnny Gargano vs. Tommaso Ciampa

The “unsanctioned” thing is odd but the match will be great.  If Johnny wins, he’s back in NXT and Tommaso is gone.  If Johnny loses, he’s gone for good.  As for the winner, give his crowd reactions, I’m thinking Johnny might be ready for the main roster so…

THE WINNAH! – Tommaso Ciampa


This show is going to be an absolute blast.  The NXT crew always tries to top the main roster…and they usually do it.  Given what we’ve got coming on Sunday, I’m not sure that’ll happen here but “TakeOver:  New Orleans” will at least be it’s equal in terms of match quality.