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NXT TakeOver New Orleans Drinking Game

NXT TakeOver New Orleans predictions by way of a drinking game. Seriously, don’t try this at home.

It’s WrestleMania week, which means it’s time for the NXT TakeOver New Orleans Drinking Game. Of course, this happens on Saturday, the day before the seven or so hours of main roster action – so pace yourselves!

As usual, this game is presented as a fun way to try to predict the results of an upcoming NXT TakeOver event. We obviously do not advocate actually playing this game due to the extreme nature of the challenge presented here. In other words, don’t try this at home.

Standard Turn Heel drinking game rules apply for the NXT TakeOver New Orleans Drinking Game: If you’re playing on “Easy Mode” take a sip of beer or of a mixed drink when the game calls for it. If you’re playing on “Hardcore Mode” take a full shot of hard liquor or down an entire can/bottle of beer each time the game calls for it.

ADDITIONAL DISCLAIMER: Only partake in the consumption of adult beverages if you are of legal age in your locale! (Hi, Facebook!)

It’s a NXT TakeOver, so there are no matches on the Kickoff Show. I’ve gone ahead and made some general rules that apply to both the Kickoff Show and NXT TakeOver event itself.

NXT TakeOver New Orleans Drinking Game – General Rules

Take a shot:

If Mauro makes a reference to anyone getting inducted into the Hall of Fame

Each time you see someone arriving at the arena “earlier today”

If the Iconic Duo join the Kickoff Show panel

If Zelina Vega joins the Kickoff Show panel

If we see the video of Triple H introducing the North American title belt

Each time a non-wrestling celebrity is shown in the crowd

Each time Pat McAfee says something negative about the Undisputed Era

Take 2 shots:

If we get another glimpse at War Machine in the crowd

If any signs in the crowd are destroyed by a wrestler

Each time William Regal appears on the Kickoff Show

For each main roster wrestler shown in the crowd during the show

Take 3 shots:

If we learn which of the three options that Adam Cole will be taking in regards to the NXT Tag Title match during the Kickoff Show

Take 5 shots:

If Adam Cole gets physical with Pat McAfee during the Kickoff Show

Take 6 shots:

If anyone, except Gargano, gets attacked during the end of show copyright

Take 10 shots:

If the show ends with Ciampa waving goodbye

Take 25 shots:

If Johnny Gargano gets attacked during the end of show copyright

NXT TakeOver New Orleans Drinking Game

NXT TakeOver New Orleans Drinking Game - Authors of Pain, Adam Cole, Kyle O'Reilly, Pete Dunne, Roderick Strong


Undisputed Era (c) vs. Authors of Pain vs. Pete Dunne & Roderick Strong (NXT Championship Match / Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Tournament Finals)

Take a shot:

If Adam Cole works double duty and teams with O’Reilly

If Authors of Pain wear the Ninja Turtle Outfits

For each backbreaker Roderick Strong delivers


For the duration of any Pete Dunne finger bending action

Take 2 shots:

If someone new debuts as a member of Undisputed Era to team with Kyle O’Reilly

If Roderick Strong dresses like a member of the Authors of Pain

If Pete Dunne turns on Roderick Strong during or after the match

Take 3 shots:

If Kyle O’Reilly is forced to defend the tag titles by himself

If Roderick Strong dresses in a singlet and wears a matching Pete Dunne-style coat

If anyone kicks out of the Last Chapter

Take 4 shots:

If someone comes to O’Reilly’s aid and serves as a tag partner after the match starts

If Roderick Strong turns on Dunne during the match and helps Authors of Pain win

Take 5 shots:

If War Machine debuts in this match, making it a Fatal Four Way

… and take 5 more:

If War Machine wins the Dusty Classic and become the tag team champs in their first televised match at NXT

Take 10 shots:

If the Dusty Classic trophy is destroyed before the end of NXT TakeOver New Orleans

Take 25 shots:

If Braun Strowman fills in for Bobby Fish in exchange for O’Reilly teaming with him at WrestleMania on Sunday

Prediction: I have no idea. Seriously. No outcome is really ideal. Authors of Pain should have been called up a long time ago – so a 2nd title reign seems excessive and unnecessary. We absolutely do not need a Finn vs. Joe repeat with Strong vs. Dunne coming out of this tournament. And, well, some form of the Undisputed Era retaining and winning a tournament they’ve never been in would be a mess. So, with the way the Dusty Classic was booked this year – Undisputed Era retain the belts and win the Dusty Classic is my prediction.

NXT TakeOver New Orleans Drinking Game - EC3, Adam Cole, Velveteen Dream, Ricochet, Lars Sullivan, Killian Dain


EC3 vs. Adam Cole vs. Velveteen Dream vs. Ricochet vs. Lars Sullivan vs. Killian Dain (Six Way Ladder Match to Crown the First NXT North American Champion)

Take a shot:

If Velveteen Dream is wearing airbrushed gear

For each member of Velveteen Dream’s entrance entourage

If anyone from SAnitY or Undisputed Era accompany Dain or Cole to the ring

If anyone is attacked during their entrance

Each time a ladder is used as a melee weapon

If a trash can is used as a weapon

Take 2 shots:

Each time someone does a spot off of a ladder

When Lars and Dain face off

If Nikki Cross gets involved in the match

If anyone goes through a table

If Ricochet wins a title in his first televised match with WWE

Take 3 shots:

If Pat McAfee costs Adam Cole the match

If EC3 becomes the new champ in his first TakeOver match

If someone new joins Undisputed Era and helps Adam Cole

If Velveteen Dream pulls down the strap

If Adam Cole removes himself from this match due to the tag title situation

Take 4 shots:

If Adam Cole takes home the new title

If Kassius Ohno replaces Adam Cole in the match

Take 5 shots:

If Ricochet does a 630 off of a ladder at any point during the match

If Aleister Black assists Velveteen Dream in any fashion

If Killian Dain wins the match, and does it without any help from SAnitY

Take 6 shots:

If Lars Sullivan pulls down the new belt with his massive hands

If anyone new debuts by interfering in this match

Take 10 shots:

If anyone (other than Adam Cole) who is advertised for this match is replaced before match time

Take 100 shots:

New North American Champion, William Regal

Prediction: Wow, I’m honestly not sure. The three most likely picks are EC3, Ricochet, and Adam Cole. Velveteen Dream is my dark horse. I’ll be honestly surprised if Dain or Lars win, but could see any of the other four going over here. I’ll go with my heart and say Velveteen Dream – since the promos resulting from him being the first to hold a title would be amazing.

NXT TakeOver New Orleans Drinking Game - Johnny Gargano, Tommaso Ciampa


Johnny Gargano vs. Tommaso Ciampa (If Gargano wins, he gets his NXT job back; if Ciampa wins, Gargano is banished from NXT forever)

Take a shot:

If Ciampa comes out to no music

If Ciampa brings a crutch with him to the ring

If Gargano comes out with Candice

If the crowd boos Ciampa continuously during his entrance until the bell rings to start the match

Each time the Gargano Escape is slapped on

Each time “unsanctioned” is said by someone on commentary

Take 2 shots:

If Gargano comes out alone

If Ciampa wrestles in pants and his new t-shirt (that he refuses to allow WWE shop to sell)

Each time “DIY” or “Do It Yourself” is said by commentary

If chairs get involved

Take 3 shots:

If ladders get involved

If a vintage “DIY” t-shirt is involved in the finish in any capacity

If the match spends more time outside the ring than inside the ring

If Ciampa takes more than one slingshot spear

If Johnny Wrestling gets his job back

Take 4 shots:

If Zelina Vega and/or Andrade Cien Almas get involved

If the match is ruled a no contest

If William Regal has to get involved to determine the finish

If Candice gets physical with Ciampa

If anyone gets their head dunked in the backstage NXT ice chest

Take 5 shots:

If Ciampa sends Gargano to SmackDown Live

Take 10 shots:

If this match headlines the show

Prediction: Gargano gets his NXT job back. I mean, what’s the alternative? Sending him to wither away on the SmackDown midcard? Garagno’s best bet otherwise would be for WWE to send him to 205 Live and help rebuild that show in Drake Maverick’s image. But really, with the heat this program has had – I just can’t see them burn that all off in one match here and keep these two apart again. This feud has legs and I see Johnny getting his job back and Ciampa making his life Hell at NXT going forward.

NXT TakeOver New Orleans Drinking Game - Ember Moon, Shayna Baszler


Ember Moon (c) vs. Shayna Baszler (NXT Women’s Championship Match)

Take a shot:

If Baszler attacks Moon before the bell

If Dakota Kai comes out with Ember Moon

Each time WWE Superstar Ronda Rousey is mentioned by commentary

If any former NXT Women’s Champions are seen in the crowd

Each time Baszler prevents or dodges an Eclipse attempt

Take 2 shots:

Each time Shayna Baszler scares you

If Ivory is shown in the crowd before the match

If Shayna goes for an immediate submission win but Moon is able to escape

If Moon retains with the Eclipse

For each member of the MMA Four Horsewomen shown in the crowd (Rousey counts)

Take 3 shots:

If Moon retains with the Eclipse, but needs help from Dakota Kai (or anyone else) to do it

If Moon wins by DQ / no contest because Baszler won’t release a submission hold

If Baszler taps Moon out and becomes the NXT Women’s Champion

Take 4 shots:

If the match ends without a clear winner

If a brawl between Zelina Vega and Candice LeRae interrupts this match

If anyone jumps the rail to intervene in the match (looking at you Kairi Sane)

Take 5 shots:

If Regal has to restart the match

Take 10 shots:

If Baszler wins and Rousey joins her in the ring to celebrate

Prediction: It’s Mania season, so Baszler wins and Moon joins the Iconic Duo on the main roster sooner rather than later. I can’t see any reason to have Baszler come up short twice in a row – unless Shayna is marked for a main roster call up post-Mania. With Rousey and Sonya Deville both working the MMA gimmick, however, I think Shayna rules NXT for the time being.

NXT TakeOver New Orleans Drinking Game - Andrade Cien Almas, Aleister Black


Andrade Cien Almas (c) (w/ Zelina Vega) vs. Aleister Black (NXT Championship Match)

Take a shot:

If Almas attacks Black during his entrance

If Almas’ entrance involves a lucha mask again

If Black’s entrance does not involve candles

Each time Black sits cross-legged

If Black tells any bad jokes before or after the match

Take 2 shots:

Each time Zelina Vega sits cross-legged

Each time Almas tranquilos

If Black wins by DQ

If Candice LeRae gets involved and removes Zelina from the equation

For each former NXT Champion shown in the crowd before the match

Take 3 shots:

If it looks like Aleister Black is going to win – but Drew McIntyre interferes

If Almas retains, clean, with the Hammerlock DDT

If Black hits more than one Black Mass

Take 4 shots:

New NXT Champion – Aleister Black via a clean victory

If this match goes on last

Take 5 shots:

If interference from LeRae or anyone else allows Black to get the win

If anyone from Undisputed Era gets involved in the match or any post-match segment

Take 10 shots:

If Black wins, and Velveteen Dream comes out to celebrate with him

Prediction: I’m likely going to burn myself here; but Black wins. Again, it really depends on who WWE is planning to call up to the main roster after WrestleMania. Almas got that spot in the Royal Rumble and he seems ready for the main roster. Black has been on a roll since debuting and has always felt like a likely guy to hold the championship before going up.

Well, there you have it. I’ll be live Tweeting during the TakeOver show and will be back late Saturday evening with a recap of Saturday’s goings on.

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