Surprise Returns, Heel Turns and a WrestleMania Decision- Five Craziest Things That Could Take Place at NXT Takeover: Vengeance Day

Published 02/13/2021, 7:31 AM EST

NXT Takeover is back with a special Valentine’s Day edition. Appropriately named Vengeance Day, the latest Takeover will feature some very intriguing matches that might lead to some amazing results.


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Five matches are confirmed so far, with two of them tournament finals for the Dusty Rhodes Classic. What craziness could be in store for us at NXT Takeover: Vengeance Day?

The Ring General returns at NXT Takeover


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Walter has been dominant as NXT UK Champion and is the most daunting wrestler in NXT. The Ring General has not wrestled on American soil since NXT Worlds Collide in 2020.

His epic win over the Undisputed Era was a fitting end to Walter’s chapter in America, but it’s time for him to return.

With Fabian Aichner, Marcel Barthel, and Alexander Wolfe already in the Capitol Wrestling Center, the NXT UK Champion isn’t far off either. A return at Takeover: Vengeance Day would be the perfect closing image for the PPV.

Io Shirai loses the NXT Women’s Championship at NXT Takeover

Since winning the title at Takeover: In Your House, Io Shirai has proved her mettle as one of the best champions in the world. Her reign as NXT Women’s Champion has been absolutely stellar, and her matches against the likes of Candice Le Rae, Dakota Kai, Rhea Ripley and even Sasha Banks have been excellent.

Unfortunately, her 250+ day reign has gone stale. Shirai has beaten every member of the women’s roster, but has run into two veterans of the industry.

Mercedes Martinez has scratched and clawed her way into WWE, and winning the Women’s Title would be an amazing reward. Toni Storm, on the other hand, lost to Shirai in the Mae Young Classic Final in 2018, and she will have revenge on her mind.

Ember Moon attacks Shotzi Blackheart after losing Dusty Rhodes finals

Raquel Gonzalez and Dakota Kai are the favourites to win the Dusty Rhodes Classic finals and are utterly deserving too. Moon and Blackheart are a valiant team, but Raquel and Dakota work much better together.

The heel vs heel dynamic against Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler may be confusing, but it’s obvious who will be the crowd favourites heading into the match.

After losing the finals, Moon should turn heel and attack her tag team partner. Moon has a solid untapped heel potential and could dominate the women’s division as a heel.

Shotzi’s stock as a babyface will rise even higher, provided her feud with Moon goes well.

Pat McAfee returns to help Pete Dunne win the NXT Championship

On a pre-show media call, Triple H claimed Pat McAfee’s firing was exaggerated heavily. The former NFL punter asked for some time off from the company, which means he can return.

What better time to return than NXT Takeover: Vengeance Day? Exacting vengeance from one of his rivals, Finn Balor, McAfee could appear and aid his stablemate Pete Dunne win the coveted championship.

Moreover, winning the NXT Championship would make Dunne the third NXT Triple Crown Champion after Johnny Gargano and Adam Cole.

Edge makes his WrestleMania decision at NXT Takeover


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Few are expecting the Rated-R Superstar to choose the NXT Champion at WrestleMania. However, seeing Charlotte Flair choose Rhea Ripley last year might swing the odds in NXT’s favour. For the second year in a row, WrestleMania will feature an NXT Championship match if Edge chooses Finn Balor or Pete Dunne at WrestleMania.

Edge has claimed that he will wait till the Elimination Chamber to decide, but that could’ve been a simple ploy to keep fans distracted. Balor vs Edge or Dunne vs Edge would be a superb match and one that deserves the spotlight on the grandest stage of them all.


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Nathan Fulgado is a WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports. Having published close to 1000 professional wrestling articles, Nathan is currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier's College. He has previously worked at Free Press Journal as a local journalist.