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NXT Takeover: New York Predictions: Card, Analysis and Who Wins on Friday

WWE’s NXT brand is ready to enter a new era at the Takeover: New York show on Friday.

Every title is on the line, along with the United Kingdom Championship Match featuring Pete Dunne and Walter from NXT U.K. Fans of the product may witness the start of new feuds as well as the possible departures of NXT stalwarts.

There are five matches confirmed for NXT Takeover: New York and here’s an analysis of each match with our predictions.

NXT TAKEOVER: NEW YORK PREDICTIONS

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JOHNNY GARGANO VS ADAM COLE - 2 OUT OF 3 FALLS NXT CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH

With the loss of NXT Champion, Tommaso Ciampa to injury the NXT faithful were robbed of the conclusion to his and Johnny Gargano’s story. However, Gargano now has a chance to capture the NXT Title for the first time but he’ll have to overcome Adam Cole and The Undisputed Era.

Cole and his faction continue to capture all the gold on NXT and this will be the first step towards that goal. A new champion will be crowned and no matter who comes out on top, there’s a good chance it will tear the house down.

With Gargano having to look over his shoulder to fend off the Undisputed Era, the opportunistic Cole will find a way to become the new NXT Champion.

Prediction: Adam Cole

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WALTER VS PETE DUNNE (c) - WWE UNITED KINGDOM CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH

Pete Dunne captured the U.K. Championship back in May 2016 and has become the longest-reigning champion in WWE by a large margin. He’s become the foundation for the new NXT U.K. brand by defeating all opponents who dared to challenge him. However, Dunne is ready to come up against Walter, a towering Austrian who is undefeated since appearing in NXT U.K. at Takeover: Blackpool.

Dunne had a great run, but it’s time for NXT U.K. to feature some new blood and Walter is a perfect fit for the show’s top title. This would also free up Dunne to reappear on NXT or move up to the main WWE roster.

Prediction: Walter

MATT RIDDLE VS VELVETEEN DREAM (c) - NXT NORTH AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH

Matt Riddle continues his rise in NXT as he fights for his first title in WWE. Velveteen Dream captured the title from Johnny Gargano on an episode of NXT - after winning the World’s Collide Tournament in January - so Dream is riding a wave of success recently. However, Riddle’s mat-based wrestling could be a bad matchup for Dream. But Velveteen has shown that he can adapt to the fighting style of his opponent so perhaps Dream can successfully retain on his first defense.

This may be the hardest match to predict but with the amount of title changes we think will happen, Dream retaining is a safe bet.

Prediction: Velveteen Dream

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ALEISTER BLACK/RICOCHET VS WAR RAIDERS (c) - NXT TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH

Aleister Black and Ricochet won the Dusty Tag Team Classic tournament to earn the right to take on the NXT Tag Team Champions, the War Raiders. War Raiders have been dominant since arriving in NXT, and we don’t see that changing on Friday.

Black and Ricochet will give War Raiders everything they have, but with both men heavily involved in RAW and SmackDown this could be the last time we see them in NXT.

Prediction: War Raiders

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KAIRI SANE VS IO SHIRAI VS BIANCA BELAIR VS SHAYNA BASZLER (c) - NXT WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH

Shayna Baszler is arguably the best NXT Women’s Champion ever and she looks to cement her second reign when she takes on Io Shirai, Bianca Belair, and Kairi Sane in a Fatal Fourway. The three challengers all have great claims to the title: Bianca took Shayna to the limit, while Io was the last to pin the champion. Kairi Sane and Shayna have had amazing matches and she’s a former champ.

So who will leave New York as the champ? Another tough match to predict, but we feel Shayna is on her way to the main roster and putting it on Bianca could cement her as the top “tweener” in the company.

Prediction: Bianca Belair

NXT Takeover: New York is set for Friday, April 5 at 7 p.m. EDT.

Which match are you excited for most? What do you think of our predictions? Let us know yours in the comments section below.

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