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NXT Takeover War Games III Preview

Survivor Series weekend kicks off with with the highly anticipated NXT Takeover WarGames! The third annual WarGames event hosted by NXT, and for the first time ever we have two War Games matches in one night! Including another first time ever with the first ever Women's War Games Match! What should be an exciting night of action and it all comes to you live this Saturday night! Let's not waste anymore time and get right into our preview of NXT War Games.....

Finn Balor vs Matt Riddle-

We kick things off with a match that was originally scheduled to be Johnny Gargano vs Finn Balor until Gargano had to be pulled due to an injury. His replacement, Matt Riddle will step in and take on Finn Balor in what should be an absolute barn burner of a match. Two of the top guys in the business will go head to head. The new attitude of Finn Balor since joining NXT has brought back the Finn Balor we used to see in ROH and NJPW. After not being properly used on Raw or Smackdown after coming back from his injury, his return to NXT has gotten off to a great start. Matt Riddle will be looking to cool off Balor as he looks to prove that he is the new face of NXT and that Balor is old news. This match should be epic, these are two of the best wrestlers in the world today and they will show off their talent against each other. You are going to want to make sure you are tuning in for this one on Saturday night.

Prediction: Finn Balor Wins

#1 Contenders Triple Threat Match-Killian Dain vs Damian Priest vs Pete Dunne-

A match that was originally scheduled for NXT this past Wednesday was moved back to Saturday's Takeover event. These three have crossed paths over the last few weeks in one on one competition and will now have the chance to settle their differences in a triple threat match. There's more at stake in this match other than pride, as the winner of this match will go on to Sunday's Survivor Series to challenge NXT Champion Adam Cole for his title. This match has a lot of unpredictability as all three guys have looked like they can be a real threat to the title reign of Adam Cole. Damian Priest and Pete Dunne had one of the better matches we have seen on NXT tv a few weeks back and Killian Dain has proved that he is an absolute monster who will stop at nothing to get a win. While it may not have the hype as the other matches on the card, this match should be very entertaining.

Prediction-Pete Dunne Wins

Women's War Games Match: Shayna Baszler, Io Shirai, Bianca Belair, Kay Lee Ray vs Rhea Ripley, Candice LaRae, Mia Yim, Tegan Nox-

History in the making as we have the first ever women's War Games match. Team Baszler vs Team Ripley in what will be a match of the night candidate. The build for this one has been a little lackluster as the focus for the women's division has been more on the survivor series match rather than this War Games match. Regardless, the amount of talent in this match should create for some great moments. We had a great ladder match last week between Mia Yim and IO Shirai to determine who would have the War Games advantage. Shirai would win the match and team Baszler will have the upper hand for the better part of the match. This is a huge chance for a lot of these women to establish themselves as legitimate stars in NXT. I expect their to be plenty of great action and some things we've probably never seen before. This match has some great potential and hopefully it will be one of the biggest highlights of the night.

Prediction-Team Baszler Wins

Men's War Games Match: Undisputed Era vs Tommaso Ciampa, Keith Lee, Dominic Dijakovic, TBD-

The most anticipated match of the night and it should tear the house down. The best faction in the WWE right now, the Undisputed Era goes head to head with team Ciampa. After making his return a little over a month ago Tommaso Ciampa has had his eyes set on regaining the title he never lost. Although he won't get his chance to beat Adam Cole for the title on Saturday night, he will have the chance to show Adam Cole that he can be the one to end his title reign. We know all four of the members of the Undisputed Era but we don't know who the fourth member of team Ciampa will be and honestly I have no clue who the fourth member will be. Keith Lee and Dominic Dijakovic have shown their loyalty to Ciampa as they have helped even the odds when Undisputed Era tried to take advantage of the numbers game. The build to this match has been pretty solid as we have had some pretty decent brawls between the two teams. This is going to be the match of the night, between the experience that Undisputed Era has in War Games, along with their great in ring ability, top that with how great the three on the other team are I expect this match to steal the show.

Prediction-Team Ciampa Wins

According to Triple H, it is going to be epic as to who the mystery partner is for team Ciampa. I hate to be that guy, but im going to be that guy...it would be epic if the partner was CM Punk. It's not going to be Punk but when I think of epic he is the first person that comes to mind. Now if you watched WWE Backstage on Tuesday night you heard CM Punk say that he hasn't talked to anyone from WWE. I find that hard to believe and while I think it is unlikely that It is going to be him there is always a chance. My other choice would be someone from NXT UK, who it could be though I don't even have a guess. Honestly, this mystery partner has me most excited, as for the first time in a long time it isn't predictable to pick and there is going to be a shock value of some sort. NXT Takeover WarGames has been one of the best events over the last two years and this year should be no different. Make sure you tune in this Saturday to catch all the action!

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