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NXT’s championship picture comes into focus

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Fall is is the one season on the calendar without a TakeOver. To make things even more interesting, NXT’s pre-Survivor Series show is now headlined by a specific stipulation - WarGames - that doesn’t lend itself to a traditional title match. So the black-and-yellow brand has to deviate from their usual pattern and book some championship matches for non-event shows in September and October.

The episode which aired on Sept. 26 revealed a trio of them (they were actually booked at last Thursday’s taping - spoilers for which are here). No real surprises if you’ve been following along with NXT’s storylines, but some doozies nonetheless. Plus, the addition of Oct. 28’s women’s pay-per-view (PPV) Evolution means the result of one of them won’t be available in advance of its airing!

First, General Manager William Regal booked two matches for Undisputed ERA which address the tag titles held by Roderick Strong & Kyle O’Reilly, and the North American championship Ricochet beat Adam Cole for... and the ERA made sure United Kingdom champ Pete Dunne couldn’t win on last Wednesday’s show:

In two weeks, on Oct. 10, Cole and Dunne will challenge the King for his North American title in a Triple Threat. Regal’s plan to keep the rest of Undisputed busy? They’ll be focused on...

... their tag title defense against War Raiders Hanson & Rowe the following week on Oct. 17.

Even though we won’t see them for weeks, those matches already happened. The next Women’s championship match is something we’ve seen before, but Shayna Baszler’s rematch against old foe Kairi Sane, who defeated the Queen of Spades for the belt at TakeOver: Brooklyn 4 in August, will happen live on Long Island on Oct. 28:

Sane/Baszler IV joins previously announced Alexa Bliss vs. Trish Stratus and Mickie James vs. Lita bouts, as well as TBA Raw, SmackDown, NXT UK and Mae Young Classic finals matches (a spoiler-riffic version of the card is here), at Evolution.