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TakeOver: Phoenix adds one, maybe two title bouts

We knew we were getting one championship match set-up on the Dec. 26 episode of NXT. And when Bianca Belair pinned Lacey Evans to win the opening Fatal 4Way #1 contenders match (also featuring Mia Yim & Io Shirai), the un-de-fe-ted EST punched her ticket to TakeOver: Phoenix. She’ll challenge Women’s champ Shayna Baszler at Talking Stick Resort Arena on Sat., Jan. 26.

But that wasn’t all. Last week’s shocking main event left us wondering if the already announced Aleister Black vs. Tommaso Ciampa NXT title match would remain a singles affair, or if Johnny Gargano’s Ciampa-assisted steel cage win over Black might add him to the mix. It was confirmed that it will not, but...

The champ suggested that his old #DIY partner had earned a big opportunity, and suggested Johnny should challenge for Ricochet’s North American championship:

What will General Manager William Regal, Ricochet and Gargano say to that proposal?

What say you to a line-up of:

  • Tommaso Ciampa (c) vs. Aleister Black for the NXT title
  • Bianca Belair vs. Shayna Baszler (c) for the Women’s championship

and maybe Ricochet (c) vs. Johnny Gargano for the North American title? Hmm?

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