WrestleZone Staff Predictions: NXT TakeOver Phoenix

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The WrestleZone staff is back to pick the winners of NXT TakeOver Phoenix. It’s a fun card filled with what should be some exciting matches!

Check out our NXT TakeOver Phoenix predictions below!

Matt Riddle vs. Kassius Ohno

  • Bill Pritchard: Pick: Matt Riddle
  • Tyler Treese: Hopefully they get some time, but it should be Riddle. Pick: Matt Riddle
  • Harry Kettle: Pick: Matt Riddle
  • Robert DeFelice: I don’t see any reason for Matt Riddle to lose but this should be a great match for both men. Pick: Matt Riddle
  • John Clark: Pick: Matt Riddle
  • Michael McClead: Pick: Matt Riddle

Ricochet (c) vs. Johnny Gargano (NXT North American Championship)

  • Bill Pritchard: Pick: Ricochet
  • Tyler Treese: I think Ricochet will be moving to the main roster before Gargano does, so I expect these two to feud until WrestleMania weekend. Pick: Johnny Gargano
  • Harry Kettle: Pick: Ricochet
  • Robert DeFelice: Johnny Gargano wins and he cheats to do so. This match may steal the weekend Pick: Johnny Gargano
  • John Clark: Pick: Ricochet
  • Michael McClead: Pick: Johnny Gargano

The Undisputed Era (Kyle O’Reilly and Roderick Strong) (c) vs. War Raiders (Hanson and Rowe) (NXT Tag Team Championship)

  • Bill Pritchard: Pick: The Undisputed Era
  • Tyler Treese: Why would you take the belts off the biggest merch movers in NXT? Pick: The Undisputed Era
  • Harry Kettle: Pick: War Raiders
  • Robert DeFelice: I say Undisputed ERA retain. They’re still the hottest act in NXT in my opinion. Pick: The Undisputed Era
  • John Clark: I think the only way that War Raiders win is if Roderick Strong turns against the Undisputed Era again or if Bobby Fish does something to kick out Strong or leave the Undisputed Era himself. A clean finish most certainly will belong to UE. Pick: The Undisputed Era
  • Michael McClead: Pick: The Undisputed Era

Shayna Baszler (c) vs. Bianca Belair (NXT Women’s Championship)

  • Bill Pritchard: Pick: Bianca Belair
  • Tyler Treese: We’re leading to a bigger story involving Baszler’s former MMA buddies, so I feel like she has to retain even if I don’t want it to happen personally. Pick: Shayna Baszler
  • Harry Kettle: Pick: Shayna Baszler
  • Robert DeFelice: Bianca tries hard but I think Shayna two time chokes her out and uses Bianca’s own braid to do so. Pick: Shayna Baszler
  • John Clark: Pick: Shayna Baszler
  • Michael McClead: Pick: Shayna Baszler

Tommaso Ciampa (c) vs. Aleister Black (NXT Championship)

  • Bill Pritchard: Pick: Aleister Black
  • Tyler Treese: I feel like Black is ready to move up at this point without a reign as the belt holder. Pick: Tommaso Ciampa
  • Harry Kettle: Pick: Tommaso Ciampa
  • Robert DeFelice: Ciampa defeats Aleister Black with help from Johnny Gargano to retain in what I feel is Aleister Black’s swan song on NXT. Pick: Tommaso Ciampa
  • John Clark: It’s hard for me to guess what direction they are going after this show but Black is likely not winning the title back at this point. Pick: Tommaso Ciampa
  • Michael McClead: Pick: Tommaso Ciampa

Yearly Rankings (by total correct picks, ties settled by least amount of wrong picks):

  1. Robert DeFelice (12-2)
  2. Chris McManus (12-6)
  3. Tyler Treese (12-10)
  4. Harry Kettle (11-11)
  5. John Clark (10-12)
  6. Jasmine Olan (5-5)
  7. Michael McClead & Bill Pritchard (6-16)
  8. Ross W Berman IV (2-2)

Yearly Rankings (by pick percentage, ties settled by number of picks):

  1. Robert DeFelice (85%)
  2. Chris McManus (66%)
  3. Tyler Treese (54%)
  4. Harry Kettle (50%)
  5. Jasmine Olan (50%)
  6. Ross W Berman IV (50%)
  7. John Clark (45%)
  8. Michael McClead & Bill Pritchard (27%)

Results from NXT UK TakeOver: Blackpool:

Note: The picks for Travis Banks vs. Jordan Devlin were disregarded since the match didn’t happen.

  1. Robert DeFelice (4-0)
  2. John Clark (3-1)
  3. Bill Pritchard, Tyler Treese, Harry Kettle, Michael McClead & Ross W Berman IV (2-2)

Events picked: NXT UK TakeOver: BlackpoolIMPACT: HomecomingWrestle Kingdom 13.