It's the first episode from the June 24 Full Sail taping (spoilers for which are here) which will start setting the table for TakeOver: Back to Brooklyn in earnest. Here's what to expect from the show.
After a match of the night at The End..., everyone was looking forward to the conclusion of the (televised) trilogy between The Revival and American Alpha.
Scott Dawson & Dash Wilder were a bit of a suprise pick to win the NXT tag team championship from The Vaudevillains at taping in October of last year, but quickly built on their reputation as a throwback heel duo once they had the belts. As they were collecting wins over Enzo Amore & Big Cass - and drawing heat along the way - Chad Gable & Jason Jordan turned face and became even bigger fan favorites than they already were on workrate alone.
A showdown was inevitable. Their meeting in Dallas was a great moment for American Alpha as they won their first gold, but not their best showing. They dueled on house shows and word spead that something better was to come... and we saw them live up to that hype and more when The Revival recaptured the belts last month at Full Sail.
With their series tied up at one win a piece (again, not counting house shows), a lot of assumed the blow-off would come in Brooklyn next month. But General Manager William Regal - perhaps reading the writing on the wall concerning the July 19 main roster draft - called his shot and booked the rematch immediately.
It’s a two-out-of-three falls affair, which means more chances for these talent teams to work their magic. There is the specter of Paul Ellering’s Authors of Pain, who’ve targeted Gable & Jordan since debuting on television, but NXT doesn’t schmoz finishes in that way... especially for matches as anticipated for their artistry like this one.
Will The Revival continue to reign, or will they have company in the two-time champs club? We’ll find out tonight. And, amazingly, it won’t be the only bout on the show!
The Title Scene
We haven’t seen much of Asuka over the last few weeks, but tonight’s other pre-announced showdown will help determine the future of the Women’s championship. Alexa Bliss is coming off a big win over Carmella, and she’s looking to leap past the Princess of Staten Island’s bestie, even though Bayley still hasn’t used her rematch clause.
Samoa Joe’s been keeping himself scarce, too. The NXT champ is probably biding his time waiting to see who’s still standing when Finn Bálor and Shinsuke Nakamura square-off next week, and/or who’s still around after the draft on SmackDown.
Other stuff to keep an eye on:
- After making an example out of No Way Jose, Austin Aries is promising to take out anyone else who stands between him and glory. And it’ll be the fans fault for not embracing him.
- The NXT Universe hasn’t really warmed up to Andrade “Cien” Almas yet, but he is racking up wins. Meanwhile, everybody loves Tye Dillinger, but the Perfect Ten is on a losing streak. Their paths seem to have diverged in the last couple weeks - will that change their fortunes?
- Authors of Pain aren’t the only pair making noise in the tag division. Johnny Gargano & Tommaso Ciampa made it clear they’re still after team gold despite the upcoming Cruiserweight Classic (the bracket for which will be revealed after NXT in a WWE Network special tonight), TM61 won the last time we saw them, Hype Bros looked strong in a losing effort last week, Sawyer Fulton & Alexander Wolfe have been featured on the live cards. Even if one or both of the teams in the title feud get the call, things could stay Hyped in NXT.
- Ditto the women’s ranks, if they start using the deep bench of talent. Nia Jax could either get drafted or be inserted into a title Triple Threat, Billie Kay technically already debuted on the main roster and we haven’t even seen Ember Moon or Nikki Glencross (or whatever the Best in the Galaxy’s WWE name ends up being) yet.
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See you tonight for NXT, Cagesiders!