NXT TakeOver: In Your House- 5 last-minute predictions

The second NXT TakeOver: In Your House will be taking place tonight
The second NXT TakeOver: In Your House will be taking place tonight
Levi Grayshon

NXT TakeOver: In Your House is set to take place tonight/ The event will be held at the Capitol Wrestling Center. Last year's NXT TakeOver: In Your House saw titles changing hands, including the NXT Women's Championship being won by Io Shirai from Charlotte Flair.

This year's event will see five titles on the line. The NXT Championship, NXT Women's Championship, North American Championship and Tag Team titles will all be up for grabs, as well as the new Million Dollar Championship. In addition to the title matches, Mercedes Martinez will face Xia Li in singles action.

There are many possibilities for what could go down at this weekend's NXT TakeOver: In Your House, and here are five last-minute predictions for the event.

#5 Could we be bidding farewell to Mercedes Martinez at NXT TakeOver: In Your House?

At tonight's pay-per-view, Mercedes Martinez will be going head-to-head with Xia Li. Over the past few weeks, Li and Mei Ling have made a target of Martinez, marking her out with a black symbol on her wrist. Li has also made mention of her Mae Young Classic match against Martinez back in 2017.

This all led to a match between Mercedes Martinez and Xia Li being established for NXT TakeOver: In Your House this weekend.

Going into the event, there have been reports that Mercedes Martinez is on her way out of NXT. There has been talk of her moving to RAW to be allied with Eva Marie, who is making her in-ring return after four years, as her "muscle". NXT UK's Piper Niven is another name who has been mentioned for this role.

Over the past few years, talent moving on to either RAW or SmackDown have often put over talent who are on the up in NXT on their way out of the brand. Recent examples of this have been Rhea Ripley and Shayna Baszler, who went up against Raquel Gonzalez and Shotzi Blackheart respectively as they bowed out of NXT.

Going up against Xia Li at NXT TakeOver: In Your House could be a fitting NXT farewell for Mercedes Martinez, especially if the reports of her joining the main roster do indeed come to fruition.

#4 Raquel Gonzalez will retain the NXT Women's Championship at NXT TakeOver: In Your House

At NXT TakeOver: In Your House, Raquel Gonzalez will put the NXT Women's Championship on the line against Ember Moon. The feud between the two women all began when Gonzalez attacked Ember Moon's tag team partner Shotzi Blackheart while she was forced to watch the assault.

This led Ember Moon to call out Gonzalez on a later edition of NXT, and the two engaged in a brawl. Shortly after this, Ember Moon announced that she would challenge Raquel Gonzalez for the NXT Women's Championship at NXT TakeOver: In Your House.

Although Ember Moon is a worthy contender for the NXT Women's Championship, and a former titleholder herself, it seems too soon for Raquel Gonzalez to be losing the belt. Gonzalez won the championship just two months ago at NXT TakeOver: Stand & Deliver, and it feels as though there are more stories to be told with Gonzalez as the champion to come.

Following NXT TakeOver: In Your House, it would be great to see Raquel Gonzalez engage in a rivalry against one of the up-and-coming women on the roster, or even feud with her ally Dakota Kai.

#3 Cameron Grimes will become the new Million Dollar Champion at NXT TakeOver: In Your House

At NXT TakeOver: In Your House, the recently-reestablished Million Dollar Championship will be on the line. Both Cameron Grimes and LA Knight will be competing for the championship, which has returned to WWE for the first time since 2010.

Since his return to NXT following injury in February this year, Cameron Grimes has become popular on the brand for the new GameStop investor aspect to his character. Shortly after his return, he began a rivalry with WWE Hall of Famer Ted DiBiase, who LA Knight has aligned himself with.

This led to a ladder match being set up between Cameron Grimes and LA Knight at NXT TakeOver: In Your House for the Million Dollar Championship.

Going into this match, it feels as though Cameron Grimes has been built as the winner. His character work since his February return has been a standout of NXT, and has shown him to be a versatile performer.

#2 Karrion Kross will retain the NXT Championship at NXT TakeOver: In Your House

At NXT TakeOver: In Your House, the NXT Championship will be put on the line. The current title holder, Karrion Kross, will defend the championship in a fatal five-way against Adam Cole, Kyle O'Reilly, Pete Dunne and Johnny Gargano.

To determine a challenger for the NXT Championship, a triple threat match was set up between Kyle O'Reilly, Johnny Gargano and Pete Dunne. This descended into chaos when Adam Cole appeared and attacked all three men. Karrion Kross then made a request to general manager William Regal to face all five men, which was accepted.

Although Karrion Kross will be facing four strong competitors, it's hard to imagine him dropping the title so soon into his reign. The star won the title at NXT TakeOver: Stand & Deliver, a little over two months ago. It feels as though Karrion Kross will be NXT Champion for quite some time, unless WWE are planning to call him and Scarlett up to the main roster, as the star himself has also discussed recently.

#1 Could Kay Lee Ray debut at NXT TakeOver: In Your House?

NXT TakeOvers almost always host huge moments, and the debut of a new star on the brand would be great to see. After a record-breaking 649 days as NXT UK Women's Champion, Kay Lee Ray lost her title to Meiko Satomura in a brutal bout on the most recent edition of NXT UK.

Like previous NXT UK Women's Champions, it could be time for Kay Lee Ray to move Stateside to join the main NXT roster. Rhea Ripley and Toni Storm, who both held the title before her, made the jump to the United States arm of the brand. Ripley has since become a RAW Superstar, and the women's champion of her respective brand.

Adding to this, there have been reports of multiple NXT Superstars potentially moving to RAW and SmackDown, so it may be time to see some fresh faces on WWE's black and gold brand. Kay Lee Ray has proven over and over that she is more than ready to make the jump. She even made an appearance at NXT TakeOver: WarGames in 2019.

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Edited by John Cunningham
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