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NXT TakeOver: In Your House Preview

NXT goes In Your House tonight
NXT goes In Your House tonight
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With NXT TakeOver: In Your House on the horizon, we've got five matches set for the pay-per-view event. There are five NXT Championships set to be defended in four matches, with a grudge match also on the card.

Cameron Grimes and LA Knight will battle for the Million Dollar Championship in a ladder match. Bronson Reed and MSK will defend their titles in a six-man tag against Legado Del Fantasma. Raquel González faces her longtime rival Ember Moon for the NXT Women's Championship, and another women's match will see Mercedes Martinez face off against Xia Li in what is considered a grudge match.

NXT Champion Karrion Kross had the most difficult match at the event as he was to defend his title against four of the brand's top prospects in a five-way. Adam Cole, Kyle O'Reilly, Johnny Gargano and Pete Dunne have all targeted Kross in recent months, leading to this exciting main event.

With all that, let's take a look at what we can expect at NXT TakeOver: In Your House.


Tian Sha's Xia Li looks for revenge at NXT TakeOver: In Your House

Xia Li has been on a tear recently, ever since she was brought under the control of Mei Ying, the leader of Tian Sha. Both she and Boa underwent a drastic change in their personalities, becoming more aggressive after we saw months of torturous "training" vignettes with the two.

Since then, Xia Li has been on the warpath, and now she's got revenge on her mind. Mercedes Martinez was recently targeted, marked by Tian Sha. Li told NXT that Martinez embarrassed her at the Mae Young Classic years ago, and that was the start of her struggles on the Black and Gold brand. In order to move on in NXT, she had to right this wrong.

She had to defeat Mercedes Martinez. However, Martinez has been on her own path recently, aiming to capture the NXT Women's Championship. Though she failed to defeat Raquel González, Martinez has been rather dominant in the past year. One would assume that Martinez would be back in the title picture should she pick up a win on pay-per-view.

Unfortunately for Martinez, a more focused Xia Li might be too much for her to handle, especially with Tian Sha by her side.

NXT Hillbillionaire Cameron Grimes aims to claim the Million Dollar Legacy in a ladder match against LA Knight

NXT is in the middle of a power struggle, a fight for the right to call oneself the Million Dollar Champion. At the beginning of the year, Cameron Grimes decided to throw some money at the stock market, putting a ton of money into Gamestop stocks. Grimes rode that train to the top, and left a very rich man. Since then, he'd attempted to become NXT's very own Million Dollar Man.

Ted Dibiase himself took that as a slight, and spent months antagonizing Grimes, buying things out from under him just to laugh in his face. "That dang Ted Dibiase," Grimes would scream, and probably cry out at night while he was dreaming. Let's face it, Dibiase's mind games definitely lost Grimes some sleep.

However, Dibiase did all this because he saw a lot of himself in Grimes, looking to find someone to inherit the Million Dollar Legacy. Well, recent NXT signee LA Knight believed he was destined for this, not Grimes. Since then, the duo have fought back and forth, hoping to impress Dibiase.

Recently, Dibiase revealed that the two men would battle for his legacy, along with the Million Dollar Championship, in a ladder match at NXT TakeOver: In Your House.

Who will claim their stake to the Million Dollar Legacy and title?

Can Ember Moon Eclipse the NXT Women's Champion Raquel González?

Former NXT Women's Champion Ember Moon returned to the Black and Gold Brand in the fall of 2020, with vignettes showing that Moon was returning to claim what was rightfully hers, namely the NXT Women's Championship.

It's been a winding road, which saw her and Shotzi Blackheart team up to beat Raquel González and Dakota Kai for the new NXT Women's Tag Titles this year.

With a victory over González already, Moon is set to face the champion at NXT TakeOver: In Your House to finally achieve the goal she's had since returning. It was time to take back the title. The problem was she was facing, probably, the most dominant NXT Women's Champion the brand has ever seen since Shayna Baszler, who was the one who took the gold from Ember Moon in the first place.

González has run through the entire division, and was even responsible for sending Rhea Ripley to Monday Night RAW. González has been the exact definition of dominant, crushing anyone that's stood in her way. She even ended the fantastic reign of Io Shirai after driving her into the mat with her destructive powerbomb.

Mercedes Martinez, Zoey Stark, and even Moon herself have all fallen to González, and with Dakota Kai by her side, it's doubtful that her run at the top will be coming to an end any time soon. Stil, Moon surprised González with an Eclipse counter out of her powerbomb on the most recent episode of NXT, proving that she had an answer for the champion's most dangerous weapon.

Could the Shenom stun González tonight?

Bronson Reed and MSK vs Legado Del Fantasma: Winner Take All for the NXT North American and Tag Team Championships

Legado Del Fantasma has run roughshod over NXT for quite some time. A little more than a year to the day of the group's formation, Santos Escobar, Joaquin Wilde, and Raul Mendoza aim to fulfill their destiny in a six-man tag team match.

Their opposition? The Colossal Bronson Reed and the must-see kids themselves, Wes Lee and Nash Carter of MSK. Carter and Lee have already beaten Legado Del Fantasma several times this year, though Mendoza and Wilde were always just seconds away from claiming gold for themselves. Their first match came during the Dusty Cup, where MSK knocked LDF out of the tournament in the semi-finals.

Since then, they've clashed a few more times, with MSK managing to come out on top, even besting Legado Del Fantasma and Grizzled Young Veterans at NXT TakeOver: Stand & Deliver to crown themselves the new NXT Tag Team Champions.

Santos Escobar recently lost the NXT Cruiserweight Championship to Kuhida, but quickly moved on, realizing that the next step for him was the newly crowned NXT North American Champion Bronson Reed. Reed has repeatedly come to the aid of MSK regarding Legado Del Fantasma, and vice versa, angering Escobar to no end.

That led to the penultimate challenge issued this past week. A six-man tag team match. Winning teams takes it all. If MSK and Reed win, they keep their titles. If Legado wins, Santos Escobar will take the North American Title while Raul Mendoza and Joaquin Wilde will walk away as the new NXT Tag Team Champions.

This may, possibly, be the match of the night. There's a lot of hatred between MSK and Legado Del Fantasma, and Reed and Escobar have done a great job in making this short-lived feud mean something. Will Reed's Colossal reign come to an end?

NXT Championship Fatal Five Way Match

NXT Champion Karrion Kross has been one of the most dominant champions in recent memory. While his two reigns add up to just a little over two-months combined, Kross has destroyed every single competitor he's been in the ring with.

Tommaso Ciampa, Keith Lee, Dominik Dijakovic and current NXT North American Champion Bronson Reed all met his wrath prior to his shoulder injury. Kross demolished all four of these men, which is impressive considering how dominant they'd all been on the Black and Gold Brand.

Since returning, Kross has also demolished Finn Balor, Damian Priest, Oney Lorcan, and the entirety of Legado Del Fantasma in a street fight.

WWE fans weren't surprised when Kross told GM William Regal he wanted all four of his competitors in a five-way match at TakeOver. Pete Dunne, Kyle O'Reilly, Adam Cole, and Johnny Gargano had all stepped up to Kross recently, going so far as to attack the NXT Champion several times over. Kross has promised to leave everyone lying, though during a recent panel he stated there was a chance he could lose the belt at TakeOver.

Our own Rick Uccino asked Kross if he was concerned about losing the gold, and Kross stated that when going into a match like this, the possibility is very likely. He pointed out a specific scenario that bothered him, and that was Kyle O'Reilly forcing his old Undisputed Era teammate Adam Cole to submit.

There's a lot of bad blood in this match. Adam Cole has personal issues with everyone in this match. He was the one to take the NXT Championship away from Johnny Gargano, Pete Dunne was part of Pat McAfee's coalition to end the Undisputed Era, and he turned on Kyle O'Reilly months ago. As far as Kross...

There's a lot to be excited for in this one, as Kross only has a one out of five chance to leave with his title. Who do you think will walk out of NXT TakeOver: In Your House with the NXT Championship? Let us know in the comments below.


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Edited by Daniel Wood
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