Their two week winter break over, NXT is back in full strength at Full Sail. And even with several live WWE Network specials to hype between now and Feb. 16’s TakeOver: Portland, they’re not holding back from booking big television matches in the coming weeks.
We knew that Jan. 8’s main event would set up Roderick Strong’s next North American title defense, and now we know the who and the when. Keith Lee did Keith Lee things, enjoying another encounter with his friendly rival Dominik Dijakovic, using Damian Priest as a weapon, and outlasting a game Cameron Grimes to win a Fatal 4Way #1 contender match.
He’ll face Roddy for the belt in two weeks, on the Jan. 22 edition of NXT.
Tonight started with a parade of wrestlers making it clear they were anxious for a chance to challenge new Women’s champion Rhea Ripley. In order to settle on just one, General Manager William Regal booked a battle royal for next Wednesday (Jan. 15). Entrants include Bianca Belair, Candice LeRae, Dakota Kai, Vanessa Borne, Kayden Carter, Mia Yim, Santana Garrett, Io Shirai, Shotzi Blackheart, Xia Li and the newly re-debuted Chelsea Green.
Give us your picks in each of those matches, and guesses about what else the black and gold brand will have in store for us this month, in the comments below.
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