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WWE NXT preview (October 30, 2014): The road stops in Gatorville

If you think I need a reason to post a childhood photo of Becky Lynch dressed as a panda for Halloween, you clicked on the wrong article.
If you think I need a reason to post a childhood photo of Becky Lynch dressed as a panda for Halloween, you clicked on the wrong article.

Last Week

Tag team action abounds, even if former tag champs The Ascension seem to mostly be feuding with one man.  Konnor & Viktor dealt with Jason Jordan & Tye Dillinger, and when Hideo Itami decided to get revenge for their backstage beatdown of his friend Funaki, they dealt with the Japanese newcomer, too.  That Itami needs a partner...

Simon Gotch & Aiden English do not need partners, because they have the exquisite sophistication of one another's devastatingly debonair companionship.  The Vaudevillians continue to stake their claim as the most worthy to challenge tag champs Kalisto & Sin Cara, this time via a victory over the team that pushed Lucha Dragons the week prior, Buddy Murphy & Wesley Blake.  Now if only the bookers and the Full Sail crowd could get on the same page as to whether they're actual villains.

He told us he was gone, but Mojo Rawley is still lurking around the NXT-zone.  He stalked his way out to ringside for Tyler Breeze's match with CJ Parker.  But that didn't scare the Duke of Delish none, as he cleaned up the eco-warrior with a Beauty Shot and mocked the Hype Man for the shoulder injury he gave him on his way back to his seasonal residence.

Women's champ Charlotte had better watch her back around The Boss.  Sasha Banks scored an impressive win over the suddenly-reeling Bayley, and recruited some back-up when Becky Lynch turned heel with a post-match assault on the Hugster.  The newest player on the women's scene, Staten Island's own Carmella, got a match booked with Enzo Amore's help, but the Realest G still can't get any sugar from the hottest chick in the ring (badda bing).

NXT champ Adrian Neville's head gets a little bigger with each successful title defense.  His latest wasn't a work of art, but it was against a much larger opponent with years of WWE experience in Titus O'Neil.  With no end in sight to his reign, the Geordie jumped at Sami Zayn's challenge to his crown - offering the perennial runner-up a championship match any time, any where.

This Week

Despite my fervent pleas, we have not seen the last of Titus on Thursday nights.  It does make storyline sense that Sami should get his win back from the Floridian, though.  And, so, we get him one more time this week.  I hope this is the last time before his fans get to enjoy his work on WWE Network's other Thursday night show again.

Will Neville show his face during tonight's main event?  The audience seems to have got over his interfering with Zayn's near pin to win the belt at Takeover 2, and his acceptance of Sami's challenge was very sporting...but still kind of douchey.

There are two women's feuds running parallel now: Banks vs. Charlotte for the belt, and Lynch vs. Bayley for old fashioned betrayal vs. retribution.  But tonight, we see Emma demoted right back down to where most of us would like to see her return.  She will most likely tap to Carmella's in-need-of-a-name submission finisher, but maybe it can lead to an O'Neil-like stay in Winter Park?

It's the tag champs turn to get some work in - and maybe a staredown with their first challengers?  Baron Corbin got a few more words into his promo package last week - perhaps tonight he can get a similar upgrade in quality of opponent?

(Note: I know some folks have come looking for a more definitive match listing - we strictly avoid NXT spoilers here at Cageside central. If releases or the performers tweet more information on anything that's officially going to take place on tonight's show, that'll be updated here.  If anyone wants to put a match listing in the comments, please use spoiler tags.)

Can NXT survive (yet) another Titus O'Neil main event?  How will Emma's return to Florida, and Carmella's first real test, work out?

Find out in our 9PM Eastern results thread along your fellow Cagesiders, and keep your eyes out for our reactions a few hours after that.

And, for real this time, has anyone seen Bull Dempsey?

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