NXT spent this evening (Oct. 4) taping television which will cover all the Wednesdays between now and their next WWE Network special, Takeover:
HoustonWar Games... scheduled for the night before Survivor Series - Sat., Nov. 18, 2017, at Toyota Center. So we knew matches had to be made at this taping - and they were!
In fact, there’s a good chance we know the entire card. All three titles are accounted for, and a couple more matches looked to take shape... so if the big gimmick match doesn’t add an hour to the show, this could be it.
Here are the ones officially announced, based on spoilers (get them in full here):
- Drew McIntyre (c) vs. Andrade “Cien” Almas for the NXT championship
After his associate Zelina Vega helped him defeat Roderick Strong, Almas got aggressive as #1 contender in both his contract signing with the champ and the ‘go home’ promo segment.
- Kairi Sane vs. Peyton Royce vs. Ember Moon vs. Nikki Cross for the Women’s title
Sane, of course, earned the first spot in the battle to succeed Asuka by winning the Mae Young Classic. Royce and Moon qualified in Triple Threats at the last taping and SAnitY’s lass won a battle royal tonight to round out the field. General Manager William Regal reportedly brought them out for a photo op, so this looks final.
Undisputed Era vs. SAnitY vs. Authors of Pain and Roderick Strong in WAR GAMES
Akam and Rezar’s rematch ended when Adam Cole, Bobby Fish and Kyle O’Reilly ran in to trigger the DQ. Roddy teased joining his former Ring of Honor mates, but turned on them. General Manager William Regal appeared to announce this match featuring the three three-man units. A taping closing match between Cole and Strong led to a brawl between to all the squads.
Then there were a couple matches it looks like they put together, but which weren’t explicitly booked in the arena tonight:
- Aleister Black vs. Velveteen Dream
After another attack by Dream on Black before a match, VD called out Aleister, promising to make him say his name at TakeOver.
- Lars Sullivan vs. Kassius Ohno
The big guy was ready to inflict some post-match punishment on Raul Mendoza when KO ran in to protect the smaller man.
There you go. We’ll see what gets added or finalized via backstage or online segments over the next couple weeks, but as I said above, this would be a heck of a card as is.
What do you think of this (potential) line-up? What else do you think makes the card?