NXT: Wargames (2021) Preview
Updated: Jan 14, 2022
NXT 2.0 is the definition of polarizing, you either love it or you hate it. Now that may not be everyone, just the people that have the loudest voice. Personally, I fall somewhere in between, but when pressed to choose I honestly like what they're doing down there. I know I like WarGames so I'll be tuning in for certain on Sunday.
Raquel González, Io Shirai, Cora Jade, and Kay Lee Ray vs. Dakota Kai and Toxic Attraction (Mandy Rose, Gigi Dolin, and Jacy Jayne) - Women's WarGames Match
Mandy Rose has attempted to transform herself in NXT and aligned herself with Gigi Dolin and Jacy Jayne to form Toxic Attraction. There is a lot to like with that trio and then you add Dakota Kai into the mix and you've really got a squad. That being said, Raquel and Io are a formidable team too and that's without the solid other 2 members in Cora and Kay Lee. I feel like this match was somewhat thrown together, but it is not completely random. Since there is not too much behind this match, it is increasingly difficult to predict.
Winner: Raquel González, Io Shirai, Cora Jade, and Kay Lee Ray
Cameron Grimes vs. Duke Hudson - Hair vs Hair Match
After a poker game gone bad and a nice little trim of Cameron Grimes's hair, we've arrived here. This may sound stupid, but I think that since Cameron already got a trim, he won't receive the full shaving here. That is the entire basis of my prediction here.
Winner: Cameron Grimes
Imperium (Fabian Aichner and Marcel Barthel) (c) vs. Kyle O'Reilly and Von Wagner - NXT Tag Team Championship
Imperium has often been a solid piece of NXT and NXT UK. Kyle O'Reilly has done well with and without the Undisputed Era. Von Wagner also wrestles. I'm assuming the rumors are true and Kyle O'Reilly will be leaving the territory soon. Obviously, they're not going to give him a championship without him signing a contract, so because of that, I'm thinking O'Reilly devours the pin here.
Roderick Strong (c) (with The Diamond Mine) vs. Joe Gacy (with Harland) - NXT Cruiserweight Championship
The Diamond Mine has waived the weight limit of the Cruiserweight championship for this one. I didn't know that was a thing, but at least they made it make sense. Joe Gacy is doing some good work as a heel and frankly, I want to see more of it. Harland is there too. I wish he was doing more, but the timing isn't right. While I want to see Gacy do more, I can't picture a guy who is outside of the weight for the cruiserweight championship holding the cruiserweight championship and having the title maintain credibility.
Winner: Roderick Strong
Team Black & Gold (Tommaso Ciampa, Johnny Gargano, Pete Dunne, and LA Knight) vs. Team 2.0 (Bron Breakker, Carmelo Hayes, Grayson Waller, and Tony D'Angelo) (with Trick Williams) - Men's WarGames Match
The main event is the Men's War Games Match. This one just makes a ton of sense and that's never a bad thing. You have one team of new NXT talent from the relaunch of NXT 2.0 and the other side features Team Black and Gold, Triple H's NXT. Everyone on Team 2.0 is competing in their first War Games Match, but the only people with any experience in War Games are Pete Dunne and Tommaso Ciampa. If you're invested in the inner workings of wrestling -- and since you're reading this there's a high probability you are--I think that you can agree this match-up is logical. The only thing that stumps me a bit is LA Knight. Seeing Knight turn on the Black and Gold team would not be shocking in the least bit. I'd expect Gargano to eat the decision as NXT 2.0 takes the win.
Winner: Team 2.0 (Bron Breakker, Carmelo Hayes, Grayson Waller, and Tony D'Angelo)
I remain cautiously optimistic about NXT 2.0. On paper, this card is good. We could be seeing the NXT swan song of a few wrestlers. If this card fails to deliver, I'll have to reevaluate my stance on NXT 2.0.