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NXT TakeOver Phoenix Drinking Game

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

2019 TakeOver season begins with NXT TakeOver Phoenix. Royal Rumble is the next night, but we know the best show that weekend will be the yellow brand’s offering so let’s make some predictions and continue the Turn Heel Drinking Game tradition into the New Year.

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 Phoenix 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!

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 Phoenix Drinking Game – General Rules

Take a shot:

Each time the Worlds Collide Tournament is mentioned

Each time TakeOver UK is mentioned

If a NXT Year End Award is used as a weapon during the Kickoff Show or main show

Each time anyone from NXT UK is shown in the crowd

If HHH introduces the PPV in that very ring

If anyone goes through a table during the broadcast

Take 2 shots:

If Adam Cole appears on the Kickoff Show

If Billie Kay & Peyton Royce get involved in the NXT Year End Awards segment

If anyone refuses to accept their NXT Year End Award

Each time anyone out of action with an injury appears in the crowd

Eact time anyone from the main roster is shown in the crowd

Take 3 shots:

If Velveteen Dream crashes the Kickoff Show to complain about not being booked

If Ciampa gets in Mauro’s face or harasses him at any point during the broadcast

If any matches end in a DQ or count out

If anyone from the main roster joins the Kickoff Show panel

Take 4 shots:

Each time All Elite Wrestling merch is spotted in the crowd

If William Regal has to get involved in the show in any capacity

If no titles change hands during the show

Take 5 shots:

If anyone returns from injury during this show

If we break tradition and have a match on the Kickoff Show

If Lars Sullivan shows up for any reason

Take 10 shots:

If Shane Strickland is shown in the crowd

If Trevor Lee is shown in the crowd

NXT TakeOver Phoenix Drinking Game

NXT TakeOver Phoenix Drinking Game - Matt Riddle, Kassius Ohno

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Matt Riddle vs. Kassius Ohno

Take a shot:

Each time a “bro” chant breaks out

If Ohno is wearing Phoenix sports team themed gear

If Riddle’s flip flops both land in the ring during his entrance

Take 2 shots:

If Keith Lee accompanies Riddle to the ring

Each time Ohno tries for the Rolling Elbow

If Ohno connects with a low blow behind the ref’s back

If Riddle taps Ohno out

Take 3 shots:

If there is a ref bump

If anyone comes out to aid Ohno

If Riddle pins Ohno

Take 4 shots:

If someone associated with Undisputed Era gives Ohno aid in any way

If Ohno wins, but only after cheating

If either guy gets “knocked out” and can’t beat a 10 count

Take 5 shots:

If Ohno goes over clean with the Rolling Elbow

If the match ends in a “no contest” for any reason

Take 10 shots:

If the match doesn’t last one minute

Prediction: Riddle wins his first, real, TakeOver match. I can’t imagine they’d really do screwjob finish here to give Ohno a cheap win. If it was on the weekly show, sure. But, not on a TakeOver. Unless they’re pulling the trigger on someone teaming up with Ohno I don’t see any way Ohno wins in Phoenix.

NXT TakeOver Phoenix Drinking Game - Undisputed Era, War Raiders

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Undisputed Era (c) vs. War Raiders (NXT Tag Team Championship Match)

Take a shot:

If O’Reilly & Strong enter alone

If War Raiders are wearing crazy viking armor

If Kyle plays the belt like a guitar during the entrance

Each time the action spills out of the ring

Take 2 shots:

If War Raiders set anything on fire before, during, or after the match

If a NXT tag team championship belt is used as a weapon

Each time an additional member of Undisputed Era runs in

If Undisputed Era retain, but they have to cheat to do it

Take 3 shots:

If Undisputed Era retain the titles cleanly

If either Kyle or Roderick kick out of Fallout

If someone uses a chair during the match

Take 4 shots:

If War Raiders win by DQ or count out

If any other NXT tag teams get involved during the match

If there is a post-match beat down by Undisputed Era regardless of who wins

Take 5 shots:

… and NEW NXT Tag Team Champions, War Raiders

If Velveteen Dream runs in

Prediction: Undisputed Era retains. I’m not sure if they’re going to have them win clean or not though. It seems likely they’ll pull this one out on a technicality – either a DQ finish or with outside help. Undisputed Era seem like they’re in NXT for the long haul and with their claim of 2019 being “their era” I don’t see them kicking off the year by losing the only titles the faction has. War Raiders are still really new to NXT so I suspect they’ll have a good showing here and another shot at the titles down the line in 2019.

NXT TakeOver Phoenix Drinking Game - Ricochet, Johnny Gargano

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

Take a shot:

If Gargano gets a babyface reaction when his music hits

Each time Ricochet does a flip

If either guy cuts a promo before the match

Each time either guy dives to the outside

Take 2 shots:

If Candice accompanies Johnny to the ring

Each time Ricochet does something that will be a highly shared GIF

Each time we get a close up on Johnny’s face and he looks conflicted

If Ricochet kicks out of Johnny’s finisher

Take 3 shots:

If Ricochet retains due to a DQ

Each time Johnny kicks out of the 630

Each time Ricochet escapes the Gargano Escape

Take 4 shots:

If Gargano wins the title by way of direct help from Ciampa

If Ricochet retains clean with his finisher

If Candice comes out to prevent Gargano from forming “Evil DIY” with Ciampa during or after the match

If Velveteen Dream runs in during this match

Take 5 shots:

If Gargano wins the title clean

If Ciampa doesn’t get involved in this match in any capacity

Take 10 shots:

If Ciampa comes out with Gargano during his entrance

Prediction: Gargano becomes the North American Champion. I’m not sure if he’ll do it clean or not, but it feels like they’ve teased he and Ciampa being the top 2 singles champs for a while now. Ricochet is a big enough attraction he doesn’t really need the title and feels like he could be in the NXT Championship picture by SummerSlam at the latest. This one has the potential to be the show stealing match of TakeOver Phoenix.

NXT TakeOver Phoenix Drinking Game - Shayna Baszler, Bianca Belair

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

Take a shot:

Each time Bianca uses her hair as a weapon

If Shayna comes out to the ring alone

Each time Bianca rag dolls Shayna

If Bianca has awesome TakeOver gear

Take 2 shots:

Each time a MMA Four Horsewoman causes a distraction

Each time Shayna locks on the Kirafuda Clutch

If Shayna retains clean

If Shayna is accompanied by Duke and Shafir during her entrance

Take 3 shots:

If this match leaves the ring for an extended sequence

If Bianca doesn’t use her “hair whip” move during the match

If Shafir or Duke help Shayna retain the title

Take 4 shots:

If either Io Shirai or Kairi Sane (or both) get involved in the match

If Bianca wins by DQ due to outside interference

If the finish clearly seems to be setting up a rematch for WrestleMania weekend

Take 5 shots:

… and new NXT Women’s Champion, Bianca Belair

Take 10 shots:

If Shayna retains by DQ because the ref decides the “hair whip” is an illegal move

Prediction: Shayna retains. While Bianca clearly seems to be next in line to hold the strap, I suspect that’ll happen at TakeOver during WrestleMania weekend. I doubt her “un-de-fea-ted” streak ends though. I could see her about to bring home the belt, only to get attacked by Duke & Shafir. That gives her a DQ win, allows the streak to continue, and sets up a cage match or something similar for WrestleMania weekend.

NXT TakeOver Phoenix Drinking Game - Tommaso Ciampa, Aleister Black

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

Take a shot:

Each time Mauro says something negative about Ciampa on commentary

If Aleister Black has a live band play him to the ring

If Ciampa attacks Black during his entrance

For each kick Black connects with

Take 2 shots:

Each time Ciampa hugs and/or kisses the NXT Championship belt

If Ciampa retains cleanly by pin or submission

If Black kicks out of Ciampa’s finisher

If anyone from the main roster gets involved in the match for any reason

Take 3 shots:

If Ciampa retains by way of outside interference from Gargano

When Candice inevitably comes out to talk Johnny down again

For each Black Mass that Ciampa kicks out of

Take 4 shots:

If Black wins by DQ or count out

If Ciampa retains by way of help from anyone other than Gargano

If anything happens after the copyright logo is on the screen

Take 5 shots:

… and new NXT Champion Aleister Black

If anyone new debuts after the match

Take 6 shots:

If we get the “DIY Finisher” spot

Take 7 shots:

If we get the “DIY Finisher” spot, but Gargano nails Ciampa instead of Black

If anyone from NXT UK gets involved during or after the match for any reason

Take 10 shots:

If Gargano accompanies Ciampa to the ring during his entrance

Prediction: Ciampa retains. Black is ready for the main roster and there is nothing left for him to do at NXT. A second title reign really doesn’t make any sense here. I see Ciampa retaining in some fashion that furthers the program with Gargano. Black finishes up at NXT between now and Mania and debuts on the main roster after Mania.

Well, that’s that. Enjoy the show and be safe. I’ll be back with a recap late Saturday night.

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