NXT TakeOver: Phoenix match card & rumors (SPOILERS) 2018

NXT only has a couple months between Take Over live events at this point in their program, so even though they will picture another batch of episodes before their Sat., Jan. 26 show in Phoenix on the eve of Royal Rumble, they went ahead and started building the card through their taping held at Full Sail Wednesday night (Nov. 28).


  • Here’s the card for next year in Talking Stick Resort Arena, as it stands based on Wednesday night’s spoilers:


– Shayna Baszler (c) vs. Bianca Belair for the NXT Women’s championship

Who knows if this was the plan before Kairi Sane came down with a viral infection (she was one of many big names who did not appear this week), but as it stands right now, Triple H & group are moving heel vs. heel atop their women’s division.

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One reason they booked this so early in the cycle is lean in to the cheers she gets and so they could give The EST the Velveteen Dream treatment. We’ll see. For the time being, she won a 4Way which featured Io Shirai, Lacey Evans, and Mia Yim to earn the right to face the Queen of Spades in the desert.


  • That was the only officially reserved bout, but another match seemed to be set up before it quickly… was not:


– Tommaso Ciampa (c) vs. Aleister Black and/or Johnny Gargano? For the NXT championship

Early on in the day, Aleister disrupted the champ and called his shot for a rematch in Phoenix. Having beaten on Johnny Gargano in the TakeOver, he appeared to have a great argument. However,”Johnny Badass”, as Ciampa calls himshowed up and said he was not finished with Black, and that booking was put aside.


At the end of the night, Gargano had evened his record from Aleister by picking up a win in a steel cage match as a result of a #DIY reunion which featured Johnny & Tommaso hitting their old Meet In The Middle finisher on Black AND NO ONE KNOWS WHAT TO BELIEVE ANY MORE!?!?


As mentioned previously, a lot of people weren’t used on Wednesday at Full Sail – Sane, Keith Lee, Velveteen Dream, War Raiders, Nikki Cross – so there’s tons of intrigue left for the four matches which probably be added to the Women’s title showdown on the card for Jan. 26.

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