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NXT TakeOver Philadelphia Drinking Game

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

It’s Royal Rumble weekend which means it’s also NXT TakeOver weekend – so here’s your NXT TakeOver Philadelphia Drinking Game!

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 Philadelphia 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!)

NXT TakeOver Philadelphia Drinking Game – Kickoff Show

Take a shot:

If either Kassius Ohno or Velveteen Dream cut a promo

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

If the “press” (aka – someone who works at WWE with a smartphone) interviews anyone during the Kickoff Show

If the Iconic Duo win a NXT Year End Award

Take 2 shots:

If the NXT Year End Awards clearly set up any future angles

If Lars Sullivan destroys anything (or anyone) during the Kickoff Show

If Samoa Joe ends up picking any winners on the main show during the Kickoff Show

Take 3 shots:

If Sam Roberts says or does anything that pisses off Samoa Joe

If we unceremoniously see Ricochet for the first time on the Kickoff Show

Take 10 shots:

If WWE breaks with tradition and shows us a match on the Kickoff Show

NXT TakeOver Philadelphia Drinking Game – General Rules

Take a shot:

If anyone references Candice LaRae, War Machine, or Ricochet but they’re not actually seen on the broadcast

For each XFL reference Mauro makes

If Mauro references the current season of the X-Files in any fashion

If we see the Philadelphia Liberty Bell at any point

Take 2 shots:

If Ricochet is seen sitting in the crowd

If War Machine are seen sitting in the crowd

If Candice LaRae is seen sitting in the crowd

If any former NXT Champions are shown sitting in the crowd

Take 3 shots:

If Joey Ryan is shown in the crowd, but isn’t referenced or named

If anyone from the UK Division appears in the audience

Take 4 shots:

If a XFL hype video airs during one of the breaks between matches

If Lars Sullivan intervenes in any of the matches

Take 5 shots:

If anyone from 205 Live is shown in the audience

If Lars Sullivan and Killian Dain get into an altercation backstage at any point during the show

Take 10 shots:

If Ricochet does anything more than appear in the crowd on this show

NXT TakeOver Philadelphia Drinking Game - Kassius Ohno, Velveteen Dream

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Kassius Ohno vs. Velveteen Dream

Take a shot:

If Ohno comes out in Philadelphia 76ers themed gear

If Velveteen Dream comes out in the same gear as Ohno – of course his being cut into a half-shirt with fringe

If Velveteen Dream enters through purple smoke

If this match ends up stealing the show despite being confirmed 72 hours out from the event

Take 2 shots:

If Velveteen Dream has Ohno’s face airbrushed onto his tights

If Velveteen Dream is still selling the “bad arm” from his match with Gargano last week

For each Rolling Elbow that Dream takes to the back of his head

Take 3 shots:

If Dream goes over clean with the Purple Rainmaker

If someone turns heel and does a run-in to help Dream

Take 4 shots:

If Ohno goes over clean with the Rolling Elbow

If a “CM Punk” chant breaks out during this match

Take 10 shots:

If Velveteen Dream wins in less than 30 seconds like he told Gargano he’d be able to do

Prediction: This is a tough one to call. I’m going to go with Velveteen Dream getting the win. I’ll possibly be wrong, as Dream is over enough right now having great matches and ending up on the losing side of them. Dream does seem on the verge of a break out year though. Ohno has lost on a TakeOver before and it didn’t really kill his momentum too much and Dream could benefit from a big win here.

NXT TakeOver Philadelphia Drinking Game - Undisputed Era, Authors of Pain

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The Undisputed Era (Bobby Fish & Kyle O’Reilly) (c) vs. Authors of Pain (w/ Paul Ellering) (NXT Tag Team Championship Match)

Take a shot:

If Kyle O’Reilly plays air guitar with the title during their entrance

If the champs enter first

If Authors of Pain get a promo before the match starts

If Adam Cole intervenes at any point during the match

Take 2 shots:

If Fish and O’Reilly take a Super Collider and escape injury

If Undisputed Era gains a new member who helps them retain

If Fish and O’Reilly go over clean with Total Elimination

Take 3 shots:

If War Machine debuts and takes out the Authors of Pain during or after the match

If Fish or O’Reilly kick out of the Last Chapter

If the Authors of Pain win by DQ or count out

Take 4 shots:

If the Authors of Pain go over clean with the Last Chapter and become NXT Tag Team Champions

If Roderick Strong intervenes on behalf of AoP

If anyone from SAnitY gets involved in the match

Take 10 shots:

If Fish and O’Reilly cut their losses and intentionally take a count out loss to avoid losing the titles

Prediction: Fish & O’Reilly retain. The Authors of Pain seem to be coasting in the “should have been called up already” purgatory that sometimes happens at NXT. I honestly don’t see them becoming champs again this close to “promotion to the main roster” season. The whole vibe of NXT 2018 is Undisputed Era taking over the brand so I don’t see the belts changing hands any time soon.

NXT TakeOver Philadelphia Drinking Game - Aleister Black, Adam Cole

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Aleister Black vs. Adam Cole (Extreme Rules Match)

Take a shot:

Each time a kendo stick is used

For each chair shot

Each time the match leaves the ring

If the match spills to the backstage area

Take 2 shots:

If Nikki Cross gets involved

If Fish & O’Reilly get involved

If anyone goes through a table during the match

If Cole attacks Black during his entrance

If Black goes over clean with the Black Mass

Take 3 shots:

If Black and Cole fight through the crowd

If there is fire at any point during the match

If Velveteen Dream comes to Black’s aid

If Cole goes over clean with a Shining Wizard

Take 4 shots:

If Killian Dain, Alexander Wolfe, and/or Eric Young get involved

If William Regal has to intervene in the match for any reason

Take 5 shots:

Each time Adam Cole kicks out of the Black Mass

If someone from the main roster helps Adam Cole win the match

Prediction: This is another tough one to call. It seems to depend on who wins the NXT Championship match. If Almas retains, then Black would most likely be high up on the ladder of future challengers. If Gargano wins, Cole would clearly have a claim on the heel side of the roster. Either way, I think Adam Cole wins here but due to interference of some type – exploiting the “Extreme Rules” stipulation. With Black’s undefeated streak no longer a booking point, I could see him do the honors here to elevate Cole into the NXT Championship picture heading towards WrestleMania season.

NXT TakeOver Philadelphia Drinking Game - Ember Moon, Shayna Baszler

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

Take a shot:

Each time the name “Ronda Rousey” is said by commentary

Each time Baszler’s stint in MMA is referenced

Each time the Women’s Royal Rumble is mentioned

If Asuka is in the crowd

Each time the Mixed Match Challenge is mentioned

Take 2 shots:

Each time Shayna slaps on a submission hold

For each member of the MMA “Four Horsewomen” shown in the crowd

For each member of the WWE “Four Horsewomen” shown in the crowd

If Stephanie McMahon joins commentary for the match

Take 3 shots:

If Shayna kicks out of the Eclipse

If Ronda Rousey gets involved despite allegedly being in South America

If Ember goes over clean with the Eclipse

Take 4 shots:

If Ember goes over clean, but it takes more than one Eclipse to do it

If Shayna taps Ember out to become the new NXT Women’s Champion

If either the winner or loser of the match immediately declares their intentions to enter the Women’s Royal Rumble

Take 5 shots:

If Dakota Kai or Kairi Sane get involved in the match in any capacity

If Shayna wins by DQ or count out

Take 10 shots:

If anyone new debuts during or after the match regardless of who wins

Prediction: New champ. They’ve presented the debuting Baszler as an unstoppable, Terminator-style character and Ember seems a likely call up post-WrestleMania. After the long reign Asuka had, I just don’t see Moon matching a reign of that length.

NXT TakeOver Philadelphia Drinking Game - Andrade Cien Almas, Johnny Gargano

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Andrade Cien Almas (w/ Zelina Vega) (c) vs. Johnny Gargano (NXT Championship Match)

Take a shot:

If any references to Ciampa are made by commentary before the bell rings

If Zelina comes out wearing a DIY t-shirt

If Gargano comes out with Candice LaRae at his side

If Gargano does the “reach for a tag” spot during the match

Take 2 shots:

If a DIY t-shirt becomes a factor in the outcome of the match in any way

If Candice appears at a crucial time to offset any Zelina Vega distractions or interference

Each time Gargano kicks out of the Hammerlock DDT

If Almas retains by cheating or with the help of Zelina Vega

Take 3 shots:

If Almas retains cleanly and without major help from Zelina

If Gargano wins, but by way of count out or DQ

If Ciampa returns, distracts Gargano, but doesn’t factor into the finish

Take 4 shots:

New champion, Johnny Wrestling (by any means necessary)

If Candice LaRae is directly involved in the finish

If Ciampa interferes and prevents Gargano from winning the match

Take 5 shots:

If Ciampa returns and beats Gargano down moments after Gargano wins the title

If we don’t see Candice at all during the match

Take 6 shots:

If Velveteen Dream gets involved in the match for any reason

Take 10 shots:

If we don’t see Ciampa at all during TakeOver Philadelphia

Prediction: Wow, so many ways this could go. It really depends on how NXT plans to use Candice and how close Ciampa is to returning. I’ve not even really heard rumors about either – so I’m going to go with Almas retaining the title. I’ll probably be wrong, since I don’t have the greatest track record predicting NXT Championship matches lately – but I could see any of the obvious scenarios playing out so this one should be exciting to watch.

Well, there you have it. We’ve got the Royal Rumble also this weekend, so pace yourselves and try to hang in there for the long haul. As always, I’ll be live tweeting NXT TakeOver on the site’s Twitter account this Saturday.

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