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WWE NXT preview (September 16, 2015): This time, it's personal

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Now that we know its main event (Banks vs. Bayles II: Iron Maiden) and its subtitle (RESPECT), it's time to start the build to October's TakeOver in earnest! Tonight's new episode that debuts at 8PM Eastern on WWE Network will do just that, made up of matches and segments filmed last Thursday night at Full Sail Live.

But, if last week's show was any indication - it won't be all matches and segments filmed last Thursday at NXT's usual Florida home.

Headlining Hugger

Heartwarming video packages with her biggest fan aside, we haven't seen new Women's champ Bayley since she claimed the belt from The Boss in Brooklyn. Fresh off the news that she and Sasha will do it again in a 30 minute Irom Man match guaranteed to go on last the next time NXT is live on October 7, she makes her triumphant return tonight.

When she gets back, The Hugster will find a scene that - if not as top heavy with talent as the Four Horsewomen class she famously fought through to win the title - is full of kayfabe and shoot intrigue.

Carmella & Dana Brooke both had matches last week that showed some development - more in the case of the former than the latter, but Brooke is the one being positioned as a possible title contender, by virtue of being a heel to the champ's babyface, if nothing else. They defeated two of the company's new Australian recruits, Billie Kay & Peyton Royce, who despite losses acquitted themselves well with partners who are less experienced. And they even got entrances. With generic music, yes, but we all know almost nobody keeps their original NXT tune for long.

Eva Marie & Emma both picked up wins in New York, and the possibility of either getting a match for the belt has fans talking...albeit using entirely different kinds of language.  And then there's this new woman from Japan, who just might hurt some people if her name isn't immediately thrown into the mix.

With all these women circling what many would argue is the most meaningful women's title in the company, there will be a lot of jockeying for position. With only three months until London's TakeOver, it's almost like General Manager William Regal will need some kind of bracket-based competition to decide who will get the championship opportunity in his native land.

The Trick: As exciting as it is to think about the only show in WWE that gets to do tournaments getting to do another tournament, they also have a title match booked to which they have to build.

I'm super excited about these two competitors getting thirty minutes in the spot on the card they should have had in Brooklyn, but I'm also unsure how they build suspense into another championship rematch that, like Finn Bálor vs. Kevin Owens last month, feels like it has an easy to predict winner. NXT's title changes have a history of (1) only happening on live events and (2) being a sign that the defeated king or queen is headed to Raw. Add in a kayfabe-breaking post-match scene like the Horsewomen's curtain call, and it's hard to imagine them hot shotting the belt right back to Sasha, who is making quite an impression on Monday & Thursday nights.

Tip: Leaning heavily on two of the better characters in the company is a good way to do it, and there's a story that can include their touching scene from Barclays Center...Banks now understands that she underestimated Bayley, and that won't happen again. I'd have The Boss push the buttons she pushed at their contract signing even harder, saying that - RESPECT or no - there's a reason Vince hasn't called for her.

And I'd take it a step further, and have Banks do some really vile $#!+ like threaten Izzy. In lieu of suspense, they should make this one personal. The Hugster was fighting for the belt last time. On October 7, let's make it so we want to see her beat The Baddest Diva in NXT's ass.

The Dusty

We haven't even seen two of the round one matches which took place on house shows on NXT, but WWE released them online last week, so (courtesy of Hisapnicatd on here's where we stand:

Six matches to go in three weeks...will we get two a week? Will they all emanate from Winter Park? So much intrigue!

Other stuff to keep an eye on:

- Not impressed with the outcomes of his BullFit program, Tyler Breeze kicked Bill Dumpster - a lot - after their match.

- I'd give his new hype video a Perfect 10...could Tye Dillinger be coming to try and avenge his loss to Apollo Crews, who still has a Nation on his side?

- Nia Jax...still coming.

- Have I mentioned that there's not a whole lot going on outside of the tag tourney and the women's division?

Note: I know some folks have come looking for a more definitive match listing - we strictly avoid NXT spoilers here at Cageside central (except when we don't, like right here). 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 in the results thread.  If anyone wants to put a match listing in the comments, please use spoiler tags.

What tips do you have for NXT as it races into the future?

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