NXT TakeOver XXV




NXT TakeOver XXV is coming to you live out of the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas, this Saturday, June 1st, on the WWE Network. We’ve got the match card, as well as our predictions and overall thoughts on the show for you to check out below. Let us know what you think is going to happen during TakeOver XXV by tweeting us, @TheRumbleRamble.



Matt Riddle vs. Roderick Strong

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After a blow-out argument with Undisputed Era leader, Adam Cole, Roderick Strong vowed to prove himself a faithful member of the crew by defeating Matt Riddle in one-on-one action at TakeOver XXV. Unfortunately for the former mutineer, Matt Riddle will take the victory. The only question is, will it cause another rift between Roderick Strong and his friends.

Winner: Matt Riddle


Velveteen Dream (c) vs. Tyler Breeze

NXT North American Championship Match
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NXT darling Tyler Breeze returned home last week on NXT TV, going directly after Velveteen Dream and his North American Championship. This was certainly a bold move for Prince Pretty, but you can’t just sashay into The Dream’s NXT and take his title. No, Velveteen Dream will retain, but Breeze will hopefully take up residence with the yellow brand for the time being, as there are a great deal of fantastic matches to be had.

Winner: Velveteen Dream


The Street Profits vs. Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch vs. Undisputed Era (Kyle O’Reilly and Bobby Fish) vs. The Forgotten Sons

NXT Tag Team Championship Match
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When the Viking Raiders made their move to the main roster, they made the decision to vacate the titles rather than give another team a shot at them, as it had become clear to them that they had no longer had any real competition in NXT. The Street Profits took exception to this declaration, challenging the Raiders for the championships, but before either team could be declared the winner, The Forgotten Sons and Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch interrupted the match. Undisputed Era threw their names into the hat as well, and this tag team championship ladder match was born.

There is no question that this match is made up of four fierce tag teams, but Undisputed Era will finally put themselves back on the winning track by reclaiming the NXT Tag Team Championships.

Winner: Undisputed Era


Shayna Baszler (c) vs. Io Shirai

NXT Women’s Championship Match
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For the last 6 months, Shayna Baszler has ruled the NXT Women’s Division with an iron fist, treating any contenders, and sometimes random passersby, with cruelty and disdain. But her constant underestimation of her opponents has always been the reason for her eventual loss of the championship, and that loss will be to Io Shirai. Shirai’s ability in the ring cannot be overstated, and Baszler’s recent mistreatment of Shirai’s close friend and former tag team partner, Kairi Sane, will only fuel her in her quest to dethrone the Queen of Spades.

Winner: Io Shirai


Johnny Gargano (c) vs. Adam Cole

NXT Championship Match
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The exact opposite of his female counterpart, Johnny Gargano has reigned over NXT with modesty, bringing the NXT Universe right along with them, giving his fans all the praise rather than taking it for himself. But kindness won’t help him in this match against Adam Cole. The ring leader of Undisputed Era has proven time and again that he has absolutely no aversion to cruelty when the moment calls for it (and sometimes even when it doesn’t). This ruthless approach to competition will win him the NXT Championship, furthering Undisputed Era’s ascent to supreme rulers of the yellow brand.

Winner: Adam Cole