Everything You Need to Know Ahead of NXT Takeover 30

Takeover events are some of the best shows NXT puts on and the promotion is set to put on its 30th such show this weekend.

NXT Takeover: XXX will feature championship matches and grudges that fans of wrestling will enjoy. If you want to get a warmup for the next day's SummerSlam, be sure to check out Takeover: XXX.

Keith Lee will put his NXT Championship on the line against the dangerous Karrion Kross. This is the most dangerous opponent for Lee since winning the title, but will Kross be able to surpass the champion's limits?

Io Shirai will defend the NXT Women's Championship against Dakota Kai this Saturday. Kai has been putting up some great matches lately, but can she overcome the dominant Shirai? Kai is bringing Raquel Gonzalez with her to give her an advantage, but will it be enough?

wwe nxt takeover 30 keith lee kross
Keith Lee will take on Karrion Kross at NXT Takeover: XXX this Saturday. WWE


NXT Takeover: XXX will go live Saturday, August 22 starting with the pre-show at 6:30 p.m. EDT and the main show beginning at 7 p.m. EDT.


The Takeover: XXX pre-show will be on the WWE Network, the promotion's Twitch, site, Facebook and Twitter accounts. It'll be free for anyone to watch, but when the main show starts at 7 p.m. EDT, the only way to watch NXT Takeover: XXX is through the WWE Network.

The WWE Network is offering a free trial for one month by signing up with a credit card. This offer is only good for new subscribers. Fans can cancel their subscription at any time.

There is a free tier for the WWE Network, but you won't be able to watch the most pay-per-views.

Fans can download the WWE Network app on iOS and Android devices to watch online and on-the-go. The WWE Network is also available on PS4 and Xbox One, simply by searching "WWE Network" on the PlayStation and Microsoft stores, as well as on streaming devices like Roku and the Amazon Fire Stick.

You could also watch Takeover: XXX from your desktop on the WWE Network site.


There are six announced matches for this weekend's NXT Takeover: XXX with half of them with championships on the line.

Here's the complete NXT Takeover: XXX card with our predictions.

Legado del Fantasma vs Breezango vs Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch - NXT TAG TEAM NUMBER ONE CONTENDERSHIP MATCH

NXT Tag Team Champions, Imperium are heels so storyline-wise they should take on a face team. That leaves Lorcan/Burch and Breezango, but Breeze and Fandango are in a feud with Legado del Fantasma so they'll take each other out leaving Lorcan and Burch as the winners.

Winner: Lorcan/Burch

Finn Balor vs Timothy Thatcher

A bout that was announced on Thursday after Thatcher cost Balor his spot in the North American Championship ladder match on Wednesday. This one is a 50/50 split on who is likely to win, but it seems that NXT feels that Balor can take losses without hurting his standing. A win will help Thatcher more than a loss will hurt Balor.

Winner: Timothy Thatcher

Adam Cole vs Pat McAfee

Despite how you feel about former NFL punter Pat McAfee taking on former NXT Champion Adam Cole on a Takeover show, this match has a quite a bit of buzz. While McAfee has gotten the better of Cole in recent weeks, especially, on the mic, a loss would hurt Cole's standing.

Winner: Adam Cole

Damian Priest vs Johnny Gargano vs Velveteen Dream vs Cameron Grimes vs Bronson Reed - NXT NORTH AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIP LADDER MATCH

There are five competitors in this match and we feel that only Cameron Grimes and Damian Priest have a chance to win the North American Championship. Gargano and Dream don't need it and Reed has come out on top in recent weeks, so they've been building him well enough that he can take a loss.

With Keith Lee and Io Shirai holding the top titles on the brand as faces, NXT could use a heel champion and Grimes has been putting in a lot of great work lately.

Winner: Cameron Grimes

Io Shirai (c) vs Dakota Kai - NXT WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH

Io Shirai won the NXT Women's Championship from Charlotte a few months back and it seems too soon to have her lose it. Although Dakota Kai seems destined to pick up that title soon, as she is the top female heel on the brand, it won't be now, but it'll be closer than some fans think.

Winner: Io Shirai

Keith Lee (c) vs Karrion Kross - NXT CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH

This is a tough one to predict. Keith Lee won the title a little over a month ago, but it seems NXT is positioning Kross as the top champion and top heel of the brand. Still, it feels too soon and it could be that Lee retains by other means like disqualification before he's pinned or submitted.

Winner: Keith Lee

Are you excited for NXT Takeover: XXX? What are your predictions? Let us know in the comments section.