5 biggest questions from WWE NXT TakeOver: Vengeance Day

Did Pete Dunne lose out on a big opportunity at WWE NXT TakeOver: Vengeance Day?
Did Pete Dunne lose out on a big opportunity at WWE NXT TakeOver: Vengeance Day?
Ali Akber

WWE NXT TakeOver: Vengeance Day was a big event that hosted several top matches for the brand. Finn Balor went to war against Pete Dunne for the first time in his career. Once the dust settled, The Prince had bagged his 15th NXT TakeOver victory to maintain his impressive record.

Io Shirai was also booked to defend her title against Toni Storm and Mercedes Martinez in a Triple Threat Match. But one question that a lot of fans have is why did NXT push Martinez ahead of so many other deserving Superstars waiting for a shot at the NXT Women’s Championship?

MSK and the team of Raquel Gonzalez & Dakota Kai won the men’s and women’s Dusty Rhodes Classic Cup respectively. KUSHIDA, on the other hand, had another rough TakeOver event where he failed to win another title in NXT.

With so much to look forward to in the episode following NXT TakeOver: Vengeance Day, let’s look at the 5 biggest questions from the show.

#5 Why does KUSHIDA keep losing Championship matches, as he did at WWE NXT TakeOver: Vengeance Day?

KUSHIDA has been one of the top Japanese Superstars in WWE NXT. Just like Asuka, Shinsuke Nakamura, Kairi Sane, and Io Shirai, the Superstar is trying his best to make it big in WWE.

Over the past year or so, KUSHIDA has competed in some of the biggest matches of the company. KUSHIDA first challenged the NXT UK Champion WALTER to a Championship match but failed to win the title.

KUSHIDA has since tried to win the NXT Championship and NXT North American Championship in the past. He failed to progress in the NXT Interim Cruiserweight Championship tournament last year.

KUSHIDA has also tried his luck in the Dusty Rhodes Classic, but he failed to make an impact along with Leon Ruff. At NXT TakeOver: Vengeance Day, KUSHIDA challenged for the NXT North American Championship.

He had a great match against Johnny Gargano at Vengeance Day, but failed to win the title once again. While Ruff has won the title in NXT, a top wrestler like KUSHIDA is failing to win any titles in WWE. So why is KUSHIDA failing to win big matches after delivering some top performances?

Have the creatives lost hope in the Superstar, or are they looking to move him to the main roster soon and have him thrive there? Fans are hoping to watch KUSHIDA succeed, and it will be good if he gets a title reign in NXT.

#4 Was it the right call to allow MSK to win at WWE NXT TakeOver: Vengeance Day?

MSK broke into WWE NXT at the start of the 2021 Dusty Rhodes Classic. MSK was revealed as the sixteenth team in the tournament and immediately made an impact by defeating Jake Atlas and Isaiah "Swerve" Scott in the first round.

MSK then defeated Drake Maverick and Killian Dain in the quarter-finals of the tournament, followed by Legado del Fantasma in the semi-finals. The Grizzled Young Veterans stood in MSK’s way in the final, but the new team defeated them too at NXT TakeOver: Vengeance Day.

While GYV was seen as the more established team in the tournament, who came out as the runners up last year, WWE decided to give MSK the push this year. Was it the right call to allow MSK to pick up such a big victory so early in their careers at Vengeance Day? MSK has a big following from before their time in NXT. However, WWE could have waited sometime before giving them the Dusty Rhodes Classic Trophy and a shot at the NXT Tag Team Championships.

Will the move pay off in the long run? Also, are the creatives looking to fast-track the team to the main roster?

#3 Can the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships finally come to NXT after TakeOver: Vengeance Day?

The WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships were unveiled by the company as a way to build the women’s tag team division of RAW, NXT, and SmackDown. The purpose of the titles was to serve as the top Championship for the women’s tag team division across all three brands.

Fans have seen the Superstars of RAW and SmackDown win the title since its inception. However, none of the teams from NXT have won the titles yet. Fans haven’t even seen too many teams from NXT get a shot at the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships yet either.

The Women’s Dusty Rhodes Classic has finally opened the door for some NXT tag teams who can now work ahead and possibly reach the main roster soon. However, Raquel Gonzalez and Dakota Kai’s victory at TakeOver: Vengeance Day will likely give them a shot at the title sooner rather than later.

Will the Women’s Tag Team Championships finally come to NXT to bolster the women’s division of the brand? WWE needs to take the step now to increase the value of the NXT women’s division after their incredible showing at Vengeance Day.

Will WWE be willing to take the titles away from Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler and put them on a team from NXT?

#2 What’s next for Pete Dunne on WWE NXT after TakeOver: Vengeance Day?

Pete Dunne was one of the top Superstars in WWE NXT UK. The former NXT UK Champion had an iconic reign that lasted for a record time. Now that Dunne is on NXT, he’s been looking for some top rivalries and titles.

Dunne went after Finn Balor right from the start and tried to secure a match against the Superstar. Even though Dunne lost a Number one contender’s match against Kyle O’Reilly, he continued to push for a title opportunity.

At TakeOver: Vengeance Day, the NXT Superstar got what he wanted and had a match against Finn Balor. Even though The Bruiserweight tried his best, he could not put Balor away to win the NXT Championship.

Now that Dunne has already lost to KOR, inside the WarGames cage, and also against Balor at Vengeance Day, what is next for the NXT Superstar?

Dunne is among the top men in WWE today, but the losses seem to have decreased his value. Will The Bruiserweight go back to NXT UK or move to the main roster? Or will he continue to push ahead on NXT and refuse to give up in the months to come?

#1 Was it the right time to break The Undisputed ERA at WWE NXT TakeOver: Vengeance Day?

One of the biggest spots of the night saw The Undisputed ERA implode at WWE TakeOver: Vengeance Day. Kyle O’Reilly, Adam Cole, and Roderick Strong came out to help the NXT Champion Finn Balor. However, Cole could not resist himself and ended up delivering a Superkick to Balor.

After KOR questioned him regarding his actions, Cole delivered a Superkick to his longtime partner and effectively ended their alliance. While there were several other moments where fans thought Undisputed ERA would implode, this ended up being a big surprise for many.

While breaking up Undisputed ERA could have its benefits for WWE, did NXT pick the right time to break up the faction? It seems like NXT waited a little too long to have Cole turn on KOR.

NXT could have pulled the trigger when KOR was on top and lost his second match against Balor. Instead, the creatives stretched the storyline until after Balor’s match with Pete Dunne came to an end at Vengeance Day.

The creative team will likely have plans for NXT’s top men going ahead. However, NXT could have broken up the faction by having one or more members switch brands, or waited until a big stage like WrestleMania to do so.

Edited by James Sullivan


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