Before WrestleMania 32 breaks the all-time attendance record on Sunday night, WWE will broadcast another one of the top wrestling events of 2016. NXT TakeOver: Dallas is set for Friday night, and every NXT championship will be on the line.
Following the success of NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn on the night before SummerSlam 2015, Friday’s show will be the biggest in NXT history. Finn Balor and Bayley haven’t been defeated since winning their respective title matches at Barclays Center, but there’s a chance both will be defeated on Friday night.
NXT TakeOver: Dallas isn’t available on pay-per-view, and it will only air on the WWE Network. The network costs $9.99 a month, but new subscribers get the first month for free. The WWE Network special event begins at 10 p.m. ET, and the pre-show starts at 9:30 p.m. ET
Below is a look at the match card for NXT TakeOver: Dallas, including predictions.
Finn Balor vs. Samoa Joe (NXT Championship Match)
Balor hasn’t lost a match since he won the title from Kevin Owens on July 4, and it looks like it’s time for him to drop the belt and move to the main roster. With WWE signing members of New Japan’s Bullet Club, which was originally started by Balor, he could lose to Joe on Friday and debut on “Monday Night Raw” the day after WrestleMania 32.
Prediction: Samoa Joe
Sami Zayn vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
There’s no reason why Zayn should win this match. He’s already on the WrestleMania 32 card and fighting for the Intercontinental Championship. Nakamara is one of WWE’s biggest signings in years, and he won’t lose his first match with the company.
Prediction: Shinsuke Nakamura
Austin Aries vs. Baron Corbin
Much like Nakamura, Aries should get a win in his first match with WWE. Corbin defeated Apollo Crews at the last NXT special event, and he can afford a loss to a wrestler that’s made a big name for himself on the independent scene and in TNA.
Prediction: Austin Aries
Bayley vs. Asuka (NXT Women’s Championship Match)
Bayley is in the same situation as Balor. She’s undefeated since beating Sasha Banks for the title in August, and she’s done it all in NXT. It’s time that she heads to the main roster and drops the title to Asuka, who should carry the NXT women’s division for the next few months.
The Revival vs. American Alpha (NXT Tag Team Championship Match)
It isn’t likely that every title will change hands on Friday. Chad Gable and Jason Jordan have quickly gained popularity, and the crowd will support them even more after Dash and Dawson cheat to keep their titles.
Prediction: The Revival
Apollo Crews vs. Elias Samson
Crews has cooled off in recent weeks, and he isn’t likely to lose cleanly on Friday. Samson has been getting a push as a heel, though, and he could find a way to win.
Prediction: Elias Samson