And then there were four. Unless one changes.
Prior to the episode of NXT which debuted on Jan. 17, we already knew about the match-ups for the men’s title and an Extreme Rules grudge match at TakeOver: Philadelphia. Once the WWE Network broadcast had ended, we learned about plans for the black-and-yellow brands other two championships on Jan. 27.
Authors of Pain defeated Street Profits in the main event, earning the right to face tag champs Bobby Fish and Kyle O’Reilly. Akam and Rezar will be looking to become only the second team (and fourth and fifth men) to win those belts twice in their NXT careers.
Earlier in the show, Shayna Baszler’s reign of terror continued when she choked out Aliyah after a match. Ember Moon ran in to put a stop to that, but may have given The Queen of Spades exactly what she wanted when she put her belt on the line for a fight. Baszler said she wanted it to happen in Philly, the Women’s champ said you’re on, and General Manager William Regal made it official.
Regal didn’t want to make that match, though, and he also didn’t want Johnny Gargano to get baited into putting his shot at NXT champ Andrade “Cien” Almas on the line against Velveteen Dream. But Gargano is looking to silence all doubters, so he’ll face Dream next week with his #1 contendership on the line.
(Of course, next week’s show has already been taped, so if you can’t stand the suspense, the result of that is here.)
Probably just one match to go. With Lars Sullivan calling out Killian Dain and Roderick Strong calling out Sullivan over the past two weeks, expect it to come from there.
Here’s the updated card for TakeOver: Philadelphia:
Andrade “Cien” Almas (c) vs. the winner of Johnny Gargano/Velveteen Dream for the NXT championship
Shayna Baszler vs. Ember Moon (c) for the NXT Women’s title
Bobby Fish and Kyle O’Reilly (c) vs. Authors of Pain for the NXT Tag Team championship
Aleister Black vs. Adam Cole in an Extreme Rules match