Only a fool would bet against an NXT TakeOver special delivering these days. Having established itself as the biggest "sure thing" in wrestling through 24 exemplary shows in close to five years, the black-and-gold super-show guarantees excellence, even when the card isn't the most eye-catching.
Fortunately, this Saturday's card is eye-catching. This special 25th TakeOver lineup is stacked from top to bottom, though April's fantastic New York show will be hard to match.
The main event will see Johnny Gargano and Adam Cole contest the NXT Championship for the second time in three months. 'Johnny Champion' bested the Undisputed Era man in NYC, defeating the 'Panama City Playboy' in a 2-out-of-3 falls main event that was as bombastic as it was dramatic. It'd take a Herculean effort to hit those same heights, though a strong build helps their chances, as do their respective big match track records.
Elsewhere, Io Shirai challenges for Shayna Baszler's Women's Title, Tyler Breeze returns to face North American Champion Velveteen Dream, Matt Riddle and Roderick Strong collide in a likely opener, and the vacant Tag Team Titles will be fought for in a ladder match.
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