We’re not entirely sure why NXT had a taping at the Capitol Wrestling Center in Orlando tonight (July 21). There have been conflicting reports on when the material will air, but it will be used on one or both of the episodes that are moving to SyFy as USA airs Olympics coverage on July 27 and Aug. 3.
No matter, big things went down at the CWC. Here’s what’s coming to our screens at some point over the next two weeks.
- Samoa Joe will return to the ring for the first time since Feb. 2020 to challenge Karrion Kross for the NXT title. At the taping, Joe told General Manager William Regal he didn’t want Kross fired for his attacks on them over the past two episodes, he wanted the champ at the recently announced Aug. 22 TakeOver show. Regal agreed, and the contract was signed.
- Women’s champion Raquel González put out a call for the roster to step up and challenge her for the title. No one did, and Dakota Kai said González is the most dominant champ as long as Kai has her back. That was the set-up for Dakota to kick her partner’s face off, then hold up her title... so that’s the likely match for TakeOver.
- Ridge Holland, who had been set to play a big role in the stable Pat McAfee put together to take out Undisputed ERA, returned for the first time since suffering injuries to both legs last October. The big Brit showed up to help Pete Dunne & Oney Lorcan decimate Tommaso Ciampa & Timothy Thatcher after a match won by Dunne & Lorcan. Then he defeated Ikemen Jiro in singles action.
We’ll have complete taping results when they’re available. For now, that should give you plenty to chew on.