Winter and War Games

By ESPN Upstate

     Let me start off with an admission, I haven't watched AEW in months. Maybe it's because the 'Cool' fans are watching it and that's not me. There is something about it that just doesn't click with my fandom. It's like they're trying to hard to be what WCW was. The headline 'Winter is coming' kept showing up in my Social Media feeds so I decided to check out last nights episode. I was surprised to find that my favorite Wrestler of all time, Sting, shocked everyone by arriving in AEW. Not sure what he's going to do there but I'm guessing that Darby Allen will be part of it. On top of that, the Inner Circle may be breaking up, and Kenny Omega 'Heeled' his way to a victory over Jon Moxley to become the new Champ. So I guess they're gonna get me to watch next week. Am I hooked? Not yet. But I am intrigued and I have DVR.

    This Sunday NXT will do another Takeover War Games and I'm pumped for it. Here are my predictions:

Wargames: The Undisputed ERA vs. Pat McAfee, Pete Dunne, Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch: Pat McAfee is everywhere these days, and he's very entertaining, but can he handle 2 rings inside of a cage?  He showed that he can compete when he battled Adam Cole a few weeks back, but this is a different level of brutality. Will the UE's Face turn stick? Will anyone walk out of the cage when all is said and done? Undisputed Era wins.
WargamesCandice LeRae, Dakota Kai, Raquel Gonzalez and Toni Storm with Indi Hartwell vs. Ember Moon, Io Shirai, Rhea Ripley and Shotzi Blackheart: This should be a lot of fun but I think this is a coin toss. Both teams are evenly matched with power and finesse. In the end, I think that Toni Storm will be the deciding factor. Team Candace wins.
Timothy Thatcher vs. Tommaso Ciampa: This will be a brutal beatdown of epic proportions. Tommaso Ciampa wins.
NXT North American Championship MatchLeon Ruff (c) vs. Damian Priest vs. Johnny Gargano: Is Johnny Takeover still a thing? I think it might be.....but....The arrow will hit its mark, and.....: Leon Ruff wins.
STRAP MATCHCameron Grimes vs. Dexter Lumis: I love this feud. This has the potential to steal the show. There is such a contrast in styles between Dexter's silence and Grimes' loud mouth antics. Strap them together and it should be  golden!!! Dexter Lumis wins.