Fanboy Wrestletronic: NXT Takeover XXX & WWE SummerSlam 2020

Updated: Nov 21, 2020



It’s that oh so special time of the summer where WWE loads the charcoal, lights up the grill, and serves us a double helping of sweet sweet barbecued wrestling in the form of an NXT Takeover Brooklyn and WWE SummerSlam. Wait, what? We’re still in Quixotine™? NXT Takeover wasn’t supposed to be in Brooklyn anyway? Boston cancelled also? We’re entering the Thunder-what now?


So yes, as the world is still on fire, the essential business that is WWE is still putting on their major summer shows. Takeover (I believe) will still be out of the WWE Performance Center while SummerSlam (along with Friday’s edition of Smackdown as well as all future Raws and Smackdowns) will be out of Orlando’s Armway Center in the WWE THUNDERDOME.

With fans digitally inserted into the arena (as with the NBA) we’ll see how it goes. As long as Tina Turner is somewhere hiding in the background then literally everything will be worth it. Everything.


We’re getting Mel Gibson instead, aren’t we? Of course we are. Is it at least 80’s-era Mad Max/Lethal Weapon Mel Gibson? Maybe even What Women Want Mel Gibson? No, it’s definitely drunk racist Mel Gibson? This is why we can’t have nice things.

Also, the few of you who grace me with your eyes (your sweet delicious eyes) may have noticed that I did not write up a review of the previous show, WWE The Horrorshow at Extreme Rules. Well the Quixotine™ is taking longer than expected (long enough for me to decide that the trademark pending joke is done and have awarded us a full fake trademark!) and I just have more fun with previews and predictions. I’ll keep track of our guesses from the last show to open each new preview but otherwise - no more reviews. They’re boring and full of disappointment. And speaking of - how were we disappointed last time?


Previously on Fanboy Wrestletronic…


Standings going into both Impact Wrestling Slammiversary and WWE The Horrorshow at Extreme Rules:

Kyle : 62% (31-19)

Tim : 52% (11-10)

Ryan : 0% (0-2)


Who will survive!?


Impact Wrestling Slammiversary results & scores:


Open Challenge Match: TBA vs The Rascalz (Dezmond Xavier & Zachary Wentz)

Your Winners: The Motor City Machine Guns (Alex Shelley & Chris Sabin)

Kyle: Good Brothers (Doc Gallows & Karl Anderson) (0-1 / 31-20)


TNA World Title “Old School” Match: Tommy Dreamer vs Moose ©

Your Winner: Moose

Kyle: Moose (1-1 / 32-20)


Gauntlet for the Gold for Impact Knockouts Title #1 Contendership: Alisha Edwards vs Havok vs John E. Bravo vs Katie Forbes vs Kiera Hogan vs Kimber Lee vs Kylie Rae vs Madison Rayne vs Nevaeh vs Rosemary vs Susie vs Tasha Steelz vs Taya Valkyrie

Your Winner: Kylie Rae (last eliminating Taya Valkyrie)

Kyle: Alisha Edwards (1-2 / 32-21)


Impact X-Division Title Match: Chris Bey vs Willie Mack ©

Your Winner, and NEW Impact X-DIvision Champion: Chris Bey

Kyle: Willie Mack (1-3 / 32-22)


Impact Tag Team Titles Match: Ken Shamrock vs Sami Callihan vs The North (Ethan Page & Josh Alexander) ©

Your winners: The North

Kyle: Ken Shamrock & Sami Callihan (1-4 / 32-23)


Impact Knockouts Title Match: Deonna Purrazzo vs Jordynne Grace ©

Your winner, and NEW Impact Knockouts Champion: Deonna Purrazzo

Kyle: Jordynne Grace (1-5 / 32-24)


Impact World Title Match: Ace Austin vs Eddie Edwards vs Trey Miguel vs TBA Eric Young vs TBA Rich Swann

Your winner, and NEW Impact World Champion: Eddie Edwards

Kyle: EC3 (1-6 / 32-25)



WWE The Horrorshow at Extreme Rules results & scores:


Pre-Show Match: Buddy Murphy vs Kevin Owens

Your Winner: Kevin Owens

n/a (unannounced beforehand)


WWE Smackdown Tag Team Titles Tables Match: Cesaro & Shinsuke Nakamura vs New Day (Big E & Kofi Kingston) ©

Your winners, and NEW WWE Smackdown Tag Team Champions: Cesaro & Shinsuke Nakamura

Kyle: Cesaro & Shinsuke Nakamura (1-0 / 33-26)

Ryan: Cesaro & Shinsuke Nakamura (1-0 / 1-2)

Tim: New Day (0-1 / 11-11)


WWE Smackdown Women’s Title Match: Nikki Cross vs Bayley ©

Your winner: Bayley

Kyle: Bayley (2-0 / 34-26)

Ryan: Nikki Cross (1-1 / 1-3)

Tim: Nikki Cross (0-2 / 11-12)


WWE United States Title Match: MVP vs Apollo Crews ©

Your winner: no contest

n/a (match did not actually happen)


Eye for an Eye Match: Rey Mysterio vs Seth Rollins

Your winner: Seth Rollins

Kyle: Rey Mysterio (2-1 / 34-27)

Ryan: Seth Rollins (2-1 / 2-3)

Tim: Rey Mysterio (0-3 / 11-13)


WWE Raw Women’s Title Match: Sasha Banks vs Asuka ©

Your winner: no contest (again)

n/a (Banks walked off with the title but no winner was called)


WWE World Title Extreme-for-Ziggler-only Match: Dolph Ziggler vs Drew McIntyre ©

Your winner: Drew McIntyre

Kyle: Drew McIntyre (3-1 / 35-27)

Ryan: Drew McIntyre (3-1 / 3-3)

Tim: Drew McIntyre (1-3 / 12-13)


Swamp Fight: Braun Strowman vs Bray Wyatt

Your winner?: Bray Wyatt

Kyle: Bray Wyatt (4-1 / 36-27)

Ryan: Bray Wyatt (4-1 / 4-3)

Tim: Bray Wyatt (2-3 / 13-13)


And now the conclusion…


Kyle : 57% (36-27)

Ryan : 57% (4-3)

Tim : 50% (13-13)


If you want to watch live on Saturday and Sunday, you’ll want to subscribe to the WWE Network. Until then, here’s your Quixotronic preview of the show.


NXT Takeover XXX


#1 Contendership Match for the NXT Tag Team Titles: Breezango (Fandango & Tyler Breeze) vs Danny Burch & Oney Lorcan vs Legado del Fantasma (Joaquin Wilde & Raul Mendoza)


The Background: Breezango and Legado del Fantasma have been circling each other for a while now, primarily based on Breezango backing up Drake Maverick after El Hijo del Fantasma revealed himself as Santos Escobar. After defeating Maverick in the NXT Cruiserweight Title tournament final, Escobar made the reveal while Wilde & Mendoza attacked Maverick on the June 10th NXT. Breezango, having lost a NXT Tag Team titles opportunity against champions Imperium on the June 17th NXT teamed with Maverick a week later but were defeated by the new cruiserweight trio. Legado del Fantasma went on to defeat Breezango again on the July 8th NXT when they again teamed with Maverick as well as on the August 19th NXT when they teamed with Isaiah “Swerve” Scott. Danny Burch and Oney Lorcan on the other hand have been losing singles matches lately but are also here and loved.


Fanboy Fantasy: Santos Escobar interferes throughout the match until Drake Maverick makes the save. While Burch/Lorcan help Maverick keep Escobar and Wilde on the outside, Breeze and ‘dango are able to corner Mendoza to score the pinfall. Breezango go on to defeat Imperium and bring the NXT Tag Team titles back home as well as win their first (!!!!) championship. Lorcan and Burch go join Maverick in his battle with Legado del Fantasma and we get a fatal four way between them for the NXT Cruiserweight title at the next Takeover.


Quixotronic Bullpen Predictions:

Kyle: Danny Burch & Oney Lorcan - Breezango and Legado del Fantasma I think will cancel each other out giving Burch/Lorcan the opportunity to sneak out the win. Plus they’ve gotten the shit kicked out of them by Karrion Kross and Timothy Thatcher lately so this is the consolation prize?

Ryan: Breezango

Tim: Legado del Fantasma - while Breezango is a most excellent tag team name, Legado del Fantsma is EVEN COOLER. I pick them.



Finn Balor vs Timothy Thatcher


The Background: Finn Balor recently defeated Damian Priest at NXT Takeover In Your House while Timothy Thatcher defeated Matt Riddle in a “Fight Pit” match on the May 27th NXT. Thatcher went to murder Oney Lorcan twice and then he and Balor were both defeated by Dexter Lumis to qualify for the NXT North American title ladder match on the July 29th NXT. Thatcher then blocked Balor from winning his second match to qualify for the ladder match allowing Velveteen Dream to win the final spot on the August 19th NXT. Now Balor and Thatcher are going to fight about it.


Fanboy Fantasy: Let’s go cinematic… into the Fight Pit! The match starts in the normal Performance Center ring until Thatcher slams Balor against the mat enough times to crack the floor - the two then fall down to the level below that houses the Fight Pit. The ghosts of Matt Riddle and Shayna Baszler make an appearance as the two continue to murder each other. Finally Balor is able to slam Thatcher through the Fight Pit so the two fall to the final level - Raw Underground™. Balor is able to score the win as MVP as the Hurt Business politely applaud the two fighters’ efforts.


Quixotronic Bullpen Predictions:

Kyle: Timothy Thatcher - much like last Takeover’s Karrion Kross vs Tomasso Ciampa match, this feels like an “old and busted vs new hotness” match. And we must get the new hotness over. Do I want Finn Balor to win? Yes. Do I think he will? Sadly no.

Ryan: Finn Balor

Tim: Timothy Thatcher - Tim's stick together.



Adam Cole vs Pat McAfee (who I do not have a Fire Pro character of)


The Background: Adam Cole successfully defended his NXT Title against Velveteen Dream at NXT Takeover In Your House in a Backlot Brawl. Since then the Undisputed Era has been on a bit of a losing streak - Roderick Strong lost a strap match against Dexter Lumis on the July 1st NXT, Cole lost his NXT title to Keith Lee on the July 8th NXT, and Bobby Fish & Kyle O’Reilly lost an NXT Tag Team titles match against champions Imperium on the August 5th NXT. However, the story here is that on the July 23rd episode of The Pat McAfee Show Cole, Cole and McAfee got into an altercation after McAfee accused Cole of holding onto the NXT title for so long only because of the Undisputed Era’s interference. During Undisputed Era’s attempt to regain the NXT Tag Team titles, Cole left his post to attack McAfee who was a guest commentator for the match and the next week formally challenged McAfee to a match. McAfee accepted and now that match that can only count as a 2020 Bingo space at this point will happen.


Fanboy Fantasy: Due to repeated botched interference on the part of the Undisputed Era, Pat McAfee defeats Adam Cole much to the shock of literally everyone. McAfee can then slowly ease into a more serious version of what we almost got with the Gronk earlier this year. Undisputed Era finally show signs of a break up - primarily of Cole and Strong against Fish and O’Reilly (who start using their old reDRagon name again). This takes us all the way to NXT Takeover WarGames IV and the Twilight on the Undisputed Era - Era members on opposite ends of the ring in a WarGames match. I would make it Adam Cole, Roderick Strong, Johnny Gargano, and Timothy Thatcher on one side fighting Bobby Fish, Kyle O’Reilly, Dexter Lumis, and Finn Balor on the other side. O’Reilly pins Cole to win the match for his team, but after the cages rise and everyone clears out, the Era enjoy a post-match forgiveness hug. Cole and Strong head to Raw (and immediately turn on each other and feud) while reDRagon head to Smackdown and win the Smackdown Tag Team titles in their first match.


Quixotronic Bullpen Predictions:

Kyle: Adam Cole - I feel like Cole (and the whole Undisputed Era) is on his way out of NXT and heading for Raw and/or Smackdown soon, so naturally you go out on your back. However, I don’t think this will exactly be his last match (perhaps a rematch with Keith Lee?), so he’ll get the win here.

Ryan: Adam Cole

Tim: Adam Cole - absolutely no logic or reasoning behind this one.



NXT North American Title Ladder Match: Bronson Reed vs Cameron Grimes vs Damian Priest vs Johnny Gargano vs Velveteen Dream


The Background: Former champion Keith Lee successfully defended against Johnny Gargano at NXT Takeover In Your House. NXT Commissioner William Regal (a national treasure) then announced a Winner-Takes-All series between champions Lee, Adam Cole, and challengers Finn Balor and Johnny Gargano. Lee went on to defeat Gargano and Balor on the June 24th NXT and win the NXT title on the July 8th NXT. Lee vacated the North American title to give others the opportunity for a title. A 5-person ladder match was set up with multiple triple threat matches: Bronson Reed defeated Johnny Gargano and Roderick Strong on the July 22nd NXT, Dexter Lumis defeated Finn Balor and Timothy Thatcher on the July 29th NXT, Damian Priest defeated Oney Lorcan and Ridge Holland on the August 5th NXT, and Cameron Grimes defeated KUSHIDA and Velveteen Dream on the August 12th NXT. Lumis was taken out with an ankle injury so the last two spots were filled by the opponents not pinned in their matches facing each other: Gargano defeated Holland and Dream defeated Balor.


Fanboy Fantasy: We see the usual clusterfuck of a ladder match and I’d have Cameron Grimes escape with the win by literally climbing over Damian Priest. We spin that out into Priest feuding with Grimes over the title (and an eventual win) while Reed rejoins Shane Thorne for a new version of The Mighty, Gargano joins the Undisputed Era downfall, and Dream… well I don’t have an idea for Dream at the moment. Oh well.


Quixotronic Bullpen Predictions:

Kyle: Damian Priest - I’m writing off Dream and Gargano as you don’t see too many multi-time champions in NXT. Grimes and Reed, while both doing excellent right now, may be too shocking of upsets to land. Priest has been hovering around the North American title for a while now and I think it’s finally his time for the strap.

Ryan: Velveteen Dream

Tim: Velveteen Dream - Dream's got this one! The real question is who is Johnny wearing?



NXT Women’s Title Match: Dakotai Kai vs Io Shirai ©


The Background: Io Shirai won the NXT Women’s title at NXT Takeover In Your House by defeating Rhea Ripley and champion Charlotte Flair. Tegan Nox won a title shot but was defeated by Shirai on the July 15th NXT though Dakota Kai attacked the champion after the match. Kai was able to win a title opportunity of her own on the August 5th NXT by defeating Ripley. Earlier in the summer, Shirai had a scuffle and non-title match with now-WWE Raw Women’s champion Sasha Banks on the July 1st NXT.


Fanboy Fantasy: Notice how I slid that final bit in about Sasha Banks? That’s important for this. In the pre-show we have a taped segment of Shirai and Asuka hanging out and getting ready for their weekend matches. Bayley and Sasha show up and attack both, leaving both beaten but we get an Undertaker-but-it’s-cute-and-awesome sit up out of Asuka. You know you want it. The Golden Role Models go on to interfere and cost Io Shirai the match even with both Asuka and Tegan Nox trying to make the save. However Shirai returns the favor and helps cost both Bayley and Sasha their belts to Asuka the next night. The next night on Raw Asuka gives Shirai one of the belts only for Bayley/Sasha to complain that she can’t do that - Asuka flamboyantly sighs, lays down and tells Shirai to pin her, and the two new champions celebrate with a dance party.


Quixotronic Bullpen Predictions:

Kyle: Io Shirai - with a guaranteed new champion with the North American title and a suspected new champion with the NXT title (spoilers?), I think Shirai is safe from Kai this time.

Ryan: Io Shirai

Tim: Io Shirai - my thing for Japanese women's wrestlers is well documented.



NXT Title Match: Karrion Kross vs Keith Lee ©


The Background: Killer Karrion Kross made a big splash right away by murdering Tommaso Ciampa at