NXT TakeOver: WarGames 2018 Preview

Hey yo Good Brothers’ Nation, Christmas has come early as NXT has once again resurrected the perennial favorite from JCP/WCW – WAR GAMES! This year, the War Games match will return to the traditional team vs team format, as The Undisputed Era takes on the team of Pete Dunne, Ricochet and The War Ma…RAIDERS!

The card is stacked with grudge matches as well, featuring Aleister Black seeking to deal out retribution to Johnny Gargano and Kairi Sane trying to take back her title from Shayna Baszler in a 2 out of 3 falls match. The Velveteen Dream also gets his chance at Ciampa’s NXT Title, and anyone who has watched a Takeover since Dream’s debut knows he really brings his best to Takeovers. I do not think it would be an overstatement to say each match on this card could be a candidate for match of the year.

War Games II

This year’s event has such an old school War Games feel. Each member of the match has a personal stake. I’m really happy about the return to a two team format and as per tradition would dictate, look for the “bad guys” to get the upper hand with numbers early. While I’m sure that this match will feature great action and the team of Ricochet, Dunne and the War Raiders will put on a valiant effort, I look for Undisputed Era to claim their second War Games Title.

Excitement Level: Jumping up and down

Prediction: Undisputed Era

Velveteen Dream vs Tommaso Ciampa (c) for the NXT Championship

Dream is receiving a much deserved shot at the title on the stage where he consistently blows us away with his performances. However, Ciampa has shown time after time he will do whatever it takes to maintain his grasp on the championship.

Excitement Level: Jumping up and down

Prediction: Dream

Kairi Sane vs Shayna Baszler (c) 2 Out of 3 Falls for the NXT Women’s Championship

I have no doubt that this will be a fantastic match. These two competitors have a rivalry dating back to the 2017 Mae Young Classic and it has only increased in intensity. The deck seems fully stacked against Sane in this bout and Baszler stands a good chance of retaining in what I foresee being a brutal match with some shenanigans.

Excitement Level: Edge of my seat

Prediction: Baszler retains

Johnny Gargano vs Aleister Black

In one of the more shocking moments in NXT this year, it was revealed that Gargano was responsible for the sneak attack on Black, which put the former champ out of commission for some time. Black has returned for his revenge and has his sites set in Gargano. Gargano has shown he’s willing to step over the line recently and this will surely be a great match up between two great competitors.

Excitement Level: Edge of my seat

Prediction: Black

Thank you for reading through our preview of NXT War Games II. Don’t forget to tune in tonight for what is sure to a fantastic night of action.

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