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WWE NXT preview (May 11, 2016): Do not go gentle

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It's the second episode from the April 29 Full Sail taping (spoilers for which are here) which starts the build to June's TakeOver in earnest. Here's what to expect from the show.

The Headliner

Last week's hype piece for former NXT champ Finn Bálor was certainly interesting. While the brief Twitter teaser embedded here mentions the Demon, that video gave us hints that the Irishman's dark side might take over now that he lost the title - in a match at the Lowell house show where Finn was not painted up to reflect his inner monster.

In Massachusetts, it was Samoa Joe who was unstoppable. Bálor presumably has a rematch clause (house shows don't seem to count toward that), so we can expect to see another match-up between these two rivals. But will it be Finn, or the Demon? And will the latter ever mean more than make-up and fake dreadlocks?

The Title Scene

Current NXT champion Samoa Joe got a surprise visit from an old friend when Eric Young crashed Full Sail last week. Joe probably has the night off this week, but you can bet he'll be paying close attention to what Bálor says or does.

The Women's title picture is in a similar place. Nia Jax showed she wasn't scared of the champ when she stared down Asuka, and former titleholder Bayley is still looking for another shot at the Empress of Tomorrow. Who gets the next championship opportunity?

One things for sure as far as the pairs scene goes - The Revival plan to take out whoever they have to get their tag team belts back from American Alpha. So far, the Hype Bros have gotten in their way and were run over. Who else with Dash & Dawson have to defeat for their second match against Chad Gable & Jason Jordan?

Other stuff to keep an eye on:

- Rage didn't help Alex Riley keep his job past Black Friday; we'll find out what it does for him against Shinsuke Nakamura tonight.

- Haven't seen Nakamura's last victim, Elias Samson, in a few weeks. Has his spot been taken by the newest musically-inclined member of the roster, No Way Jose?

- Assuming his potassium is where he wants it to be, what's next for Austin Aries after a hard fought victory over Tye Dillinger?

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See you tonight for NXT, Cagesiders!

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