6. War Raiders (c) Vs. Aleister Black & Ricochet (NXT Tag Team Titles)
The 2019 Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic was an odd tournament that peaked on its first night, with NXT's 6 March episode deliver four outright bangers highlighted by DIY's long-awaited reunion and Aleister Black and Ricochet versus Marcel Barthel and Fabian Aichner.
A semifinal victory over Gargano and Ciampa took Ricochet and Black to the final, where they met the unfancied Forgotten Sons, who'd already knocked Moustache Mountain and Oney Lorcan/Danny Burch off. A surprisingly successful run for Steve Cutler and Wesley Blake, though they were never heading to TakeOver.
Set in stone a week ago, this is TakeOver's newest match and a potential opener, as it has less heat than anything else on the card. That's not to say it won't deliver between the ropes, though. Ricochet and Black have been thrown-together but had a strong Dusty Classic and have looked good on Raw and SmackDown, while Hanson and Rowe have proved their mettle as exciting tag team berzerkers. Both teams rule. They'll empty the tank, pop the crowd, and beat the hell out of each other, but the challengers' main roster status likely informs the outcome.
Winners: War Raiders