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Kyle O’Reilly! In NXT!

His reDRagon tag partner showed up a couple weeks ago (and our spoiler report would have told you Bobby Fish’s other half was en route, as well). On the Aug. 2 episode of NXT, Kyle O’Reilly showed up and was unveiled as a new member of the black-and-yellow brand’s roster.

The former Ring of Honor (ROH) World champion’s first opponent was the same man Fish faced, Aleister Black. That booking was explained a bit more tonight, as the announce team said wrestlers from around the world are petitioning General Manager William Regal for a shot at the undefeated Dutchman.

And after a lengthy, hard-hitting, back and forth match, Black is still undefeated. But WWE Network subscribers who didn’t follow KOR through Japan and the independents have a better understanding of what to expect from the mixed martial arts-based, strong style proponent.

Something he explained to Christy St. Cloud in a fallout interview:

Where do he, and Fish, go from here? NXT could use an infusion of tag teams, but O’Reilly sure sounds like he plans to go it alone in this interview. He may not have a choice if he wants to quickly get screen time in an increasingly crowded, and experienced, roster out of the Performance Center, however.

Excited for “The Martial Artist” in WWE, Cagesiders?

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