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Predictions for NXT Takeover: Phoenix

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Johnny Gargano vs Ricochet and Aleister Black vs Tommaso Ciampa are the two big matches of NXT Takeover: Phoenix
Johnny Gargano vs Ricochet and Aleister Black vs Tommaso Ciampa are the two big matches of NXT Takeover: Phoenix

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NXT Takeover: Phoenix is set to take place on January 26, 2019, starting at 7 PM on the WWE Network (with the kickoff show starting at 6 PM). This edition of NXT Takeover will feature 5 big matches.

Kassius Ohno & Matt Riddle will face off in their third match with each other, the War Raiders will challenge Undisputed Era for the NXT Tag Team Championship, Bianca Belair will have her first shot at WWE gold against Shayna Baszler, Johnny Gargano will face off with Ricochet in a certified match of the year candidate, and Aleister Black will finally receive his rematch for the NXT Championship when he faces Tommaso Ciampa when they face off in a rematch from an episode of NXT in July.

All five of these matches will be absolutely great as this edition of NXT Takeover will be a success, as usual.


Kassius Ohno vs Matt Riddle

Matt Riddle has been undefeated since arriving in NXT
Matt Riddle has been undefeated since arriving in NXT

Kassius Ohno has shown frustration in new NXT signees like Keith Lee & Matt Riddle being given more attention than him. Kassius Ohno has been the de facto gatekeeper of NXT as he has lost to several new NXT signees to put them over, including Aleister Black, the Velveteen Dream, and EC3.

In the first match between the two, Matt Riddle completely squashed Kassius Ohno in seconds with a running knee. In their second match with each other, the King of Bros made him tap out with his signature submission Bro-Mission. After that, Kassius Ohno completely ignored Matt Riddle's attempt of showing respect for him and completely destroyed him after the match by throwing him into the ring post, the steel stairs, and completely knocked him out with the Rolling Elbow strike.

These two will have their third and presumably final match at NXT Takeover: Phoenix. It is too early for Matt Riddle to lose a match in WWE so he will almost certainly get the victory.

Prediction: Matt Riddle defeats Kassius Ohno via submission with the Bro-Mission.


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