As of last night’s stellar episode of NXT, three huge matchups have been confirmed for the black and yellow brand’s upcoming pay-per-view, TakeOver: WarGames 2018. It will take place the night before WWE Survivor Series 2018 on Saturday, November 17.
First of the three is the incredibly compelling blood feud between Aleister Black and his previously unveiled attacker, Johnny Gargano. This narrative has been brilliantly told with Black’s attacker remaining a secret for over a month.
After NXT‘s ‘Twisted Sister’ Nikki Cross finally informed Black – and Black alone – two weeks ago, he has been on a warpath, looking for the culprit. Then, on last week’s episode, he tore through security to get to NXT General Manager William Regal, demanding he gives him up before turning around into a Superkick from Gargano.
It was made official last night and we can look forward to what will likely be a match of the year contender. In 2018, that’s saying something.
Next was the NXT Championship bout between titleholder Tommaso Ciampa and the ‘Experience’ Velveteen Dream. This has been more akin to a war of words thus far but has all the potential to be an incredible bout.
This one is a little rocky, however, with Lars Sullivan aiming to insert himself into the match. During Ciampa and Dream’s spat last week, the ‘Rocky Mountain’ interrupted and began to choke out the current challenger before Black’s antics broke it all up.
Whether this one will become a triple threat is yet to be seen but, whatever the outcome, the NXT Championship will be defended at WarGames so we can all look forward to that as we always have.
Finally, the third announcement is the pay-per-view’s namesake, WarGames. After a phenomenal revival of the match-type at last year’s event where we saw the Undisputed Era vs. SAnitY vs. Authors of Pain with Roderick Strong, the bout returns, this time in a four-on-four collision.
It will once again be the Undisputed Era – Adam Cole, Kyle O’Reilly, Bobby Fish, and now Roderick Strong. This time, however, they will be coming up against War Raiders, NXT North American Champion Ricochet, and WWE United Kingdom Champion Pete Dunne. I’ve got chills.
There are literally at least six different feuds leading into this match. Adam Cole has a history with both Ricochet and Pete Dunne individually. Dunne and Strong have some unresolved issues after the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic. There’s also the current feud over the NXT Tag Team Championships between UE and War Raiders. That’s not to mention Dunne’s despise for the team after their British Strong Style vs. UE encounters. With all that aside, it’s not like Dunne and Ricochet, who are on the same side this time, haven’t had their issues in the past as well.
How WWE will alter the rules to conform to the four-on-four setup is yet to be seen but no matter what, this will be hectic, violent, and damn entertaining. My only concern is that with three of the promotion’s championships being locked up in the WarGames match, how will the rest of the card stack up. Sure, there’s the main title and a blood feud. That makes three so far. Baszler will likely defend her newly won NXT Women’s Championship against either Kairi Sane in a rematch. That’s four. Will there be a fourth? Or will they simply give the WarGames bout over an hour to play with? We’ll just have to wait and see.