With only two episodes to go before TakeOver: Toronto, NXT continued to build the card for that SummerSlam weekend show on their July 24 edition.
As promised, NXT champion Adam Cole and Johnny Gargano announced the stipulations for one fall each in their three stages of hell match. Unfortunately for my colleague Kyle Decker and others hoping Triple H & team would think outside the box here, they went pretty vanilla.
The challenger is pissed about Cole targeting his family & friends in the Cleveland area, so he picked a street fight. The champ wants to prove he can beat Johnny Wrestling at his own game, so he made his fall a standard rules wrestling match. Maybe General Manager William Regal will add some pepper. If it’s necessary, he’ll announce the stip for the third fall of Cole/Gargano III at Scotiabank Arena on Sat., Aug. 10.
The other addition to Toronto’s card is more exciting. Roderick Strong pinned Velveteen Dream in six-man action a few weeks back, so Roddy believed he was first in line for a shot at Dream’s North American title. And he was! But Pete Dunne is on loan from NXT UK and has his eyes on the brand’s newest belt himself. Since Mr. Regal never gets tired of messing with Undisputed ERA, he’s made the NA championship match at TakeOver a Triple Threat!
Can you tell I’m pumped for the combo of wrestling and character they’ve thrown into this match?
That leaves at least two openings on the card, as despite the fact Mia Yim is roaming around Orlando assaulting Shayna Baszler’s lackeys, Regal still hasn’t booked the Women’s title match. We’re also building to the finals of the Breakout Tournament, and Candice LeRae and Io Shirai sure do hate each other...
Here’s what we know for sure:
- Adam Cole (c) vs. Johnny Gargano in a 2-out-of-3 falls match (one fall is a Street Fight, one “classic, old-school wrestling match”, the third under a stipulation chosen by William Regal if necessary) for the NXT championship
- Undisputed ERA (Kyle O’Reilly & Bobby Fish) vs. Street Profits (c) for the NXT Tag titles
- Roderick Strong vs. Velveteen Dream (c) vs. Pete Dunne for the North American championship