Ladies and gentlemen, I am the Baumeister, and it is time once again for another Breakdown. This time, we are going to take a look at NXT TakeOver: Respect. I’m going to try something different. Click on the picture to take you to match previews, while I give you my thoughts on the matches themselves. Now, let’s cut the pleasantries down to a minimum, and dive right on into NXT TakeOver: Respect.
Main Event: NXT Women’s Championship 30-minute Ironman Match: Bayley (c) (1st Champion, 1st Defense) (2-2) vs Sasha Banks (2-2)
Wow. What an announcement that we got in terms of this match. These two ladies tore down the Barclays Center with their outstanding match, and what better way to end their years long rivalry than in an Ironman match. This match is all about stamina. 30 minutes is a long time for any one wrestler to go. Especially in a match where multiple falls are going to be the keys to victory. Granted, all it takes is one fall in that 30-minute time frame, but I’m sure we’ll be bound to see multiple falls including submissions. The NXT brass certainly have a lot of faith in these ladies to tear the house down at Full Sail University, and I’m certainly looking forward to Bayley walking out at the end of the night with the NXT Women’s Championship raised high.
The Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Semifinal #1: Samoa Joe (1-0) and Finn Balor (4-0) vs Dash and Dawson (TakeOver Debut)
Both of the two semi-final matchups are between an established team and a thrown together pair. In this case, we’ve got a tag team that have been a pair for a while, but are just now starting to see some success in the Mechanics, better known as Dash and Dawson. Then, we have Joe and Balor, two of the bigger powerhouses on the NXT roster. I’m going with Joe and Balor here. It’s going to be too much for the Mechanics to handle.
The Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Semifinal #2: Jason Jordan and Chad Gable (TakeOver Debut) vs Baron Corbin (4-1) and Rhyno (0-1)
The second semifinal match has a recently paired tag team against a team paired just for the tournament. Both teams seem to click well with each other. But I feel like Corbin and Rhyno just won’t be able to get along for too long. I’m going with Corbin and Rhyno here, just because I can see them implode in the finals.
The Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Finals: TBD vs TBD
It’s always hard when it comes to predicting tournament finals, because we could think one way, and it could the complete opposite way. Yes, this is a scripted sport, and so there’s a little more predictability, but at the same time, things tend to happen that can throw everything off. Here, the big favorite here is going to be Joe/Balor. However, I can see a real dark horse pick in Jordan/Gable. While I picked Corbin/Rhyno over them, the team of Jordan and Gable could really go places if they happen to win this tournament. However, I am going to go with the favorites in Joe/Balor.
Apollo Crews (1-0) vs Tyler Breeze (2-3)
I’m not really sure about who is going to win this match. On one hand, there’s the undefeated Crews, who has been on a hot streak since debuting at Brooklyn. Meanwhile, Breeze has been on a bit of a lukewarm streak since Brooklyn, with the defeats at Brooklyn and against Gargano and Ciampa in the Dusty Rhodes Classic. And then there’s the beef with Bull Dempsey (no pun intended, I swear). For some strange reason, I have a feeling that Bull is going to make his presence known and it’ll give Crews just that split second he needs to pick up the 1-2-3.
Asuka (NXT Debut) vs Dana Brooke (0-1)
Do I really have to say anything here? I have not been a fan of Dana Brooke at all. God awful voice, character blander than celery, and just isn’t good in the squared circle. I’m looking for Asuka to blow Brooke out of the water.
Well, that’s it for me. I’ll be back next time for “Time of the Fall” for TakeOver, as well as “And Your Winner Is…” for Hell in a Cell. Until next time, I am the Baumeister.