NXT Preview – December 12, 2018
A mystery opponent always brings intrigue to an open challenge, unless that opponent turns out to be Dolph Ziggler and the issuer is Seth Rollins. However, I don’t believe either of these men will return tonight to the best weekly show in WWE, NXT. This episode should be a doozy, not just for the open challenge but the many other exciting feuds that’ll be showcased this week. Which ones, you may ask? Only one way to find out! As always, I’m Parker Love – here with your weekly NXT Preview!
As always, a recap of last week’s episode:
- Matt Riddle defeats Punishment Martinez. After the match, Kassius Ohno attacks Riddle and knocks him out.
- The Forgotten Sons (Steve Cutler & Wesley Blake) defeat Humberto Carillo & Raul Mendozza.
- Shayna Baszler defeats Dakota Kai. After the match, the Horsewomen beat down Kai, but Io Shirai makes the save.
- Tommaso Ciampa’s promo is interrupted by Aleister Black, who invokes his rematch clause for TakeOver: Phoenix. Johnny Gargano confronts Black again, and Ciampa suggests they throw fisticuffs in a Steel Cage.
- A match is made for two weeks from now: Johnny Gargano vs Aleister Black in a steel cage.
The Main Event
Mystery Opponent time! General Manager William Regal answered North American Champion Ricochet’s request to defend the belt this week. Regal said he “had someone in mind”, but wouldn’t reveal who would step up to face the former Prince Puma. With the incredibly deep talent pool in WWE now, there are tons of credible challengers to Ricochet. But, there’s clearly one man above the rest that should step up…
A man can only hope. Regardless, there is really no doubt that Regal will find a suitable replacement. And, if you’ve read spoilers, you know that Regal will find a suitable replacement. This has created intrigue for this episode, and it’s going to be a great match. Because seriously, it’s hard to have a bad match with Ricochet right about now.
The second competitor for the #1 Contender Fatal Four Way Match, for a opportunity at the NXT Women’s Championship, is @LaceyEvansWWE… That match will take place in two weeks.
— William Regal (@RealKingRegal) December 11, 2018
A few weeks ago, Regal announced a Fatal 4-Way match to determine the #1 contender to NXT Women’s Champion Shayna Baszler. He ‘s also announced two of the competitors, with Bianca Belair and Lacey Evans taking up two of the spots. The third spot will be filled tonight via a qualifying match. Mia Yim takes on Reina González. If you’re wondering who my prediction is to win, I’ll put it this way: Yim has a page on WWE.com. Gonzalez does not.
EC3’s issue with the Undisputed Era continues this week, as NXT’s Top One-Percent takes on Bobby Fish. As you may remember, Fish instigated an attack that took EC3 out of action for weeks, targeting the knee. Hopefully, EC3 continues to build momentum as he turns NXT to NX3. A pretty cut and dry match, but should be fairly solid. Will Adam Cole & his boys get involved? Very likely.
We get to see a rematch from a few weeks ago, as Danny Burch & Oney Lorcan are scheduled to take on The Mighty. Burch and Lorcan took round one, getting the pinfall victory, but Miller & Thorne took the two Brit-Am Brawlers out with a post-match assault. Ideally, we see Burch & Lorcan get another clean win and that they continue to move up the ladder in NXT. These two have been fantastic together since becoming a tag team. Their match with The Undisputed Era was arguably the best tag team match in NXT this year, up there with the Era’s battles with British Strong Style. Plus, the Mighty’s stock has fallen a lot. Sad, but there’s only so much room at the top.
Finally, expect to see a lot of the build to the cage match between Aleister Black & Johnny Gargano. First of all, what a fantastic main event scene over the past few months for NXT. Even the last segment was quite the example of storytelling from “development”. Secondly, how effing good is this match going to be? Their one-versus-one match at War Games was great. Now, adding a steel cage to the mix, on free TV?! How can this match get any better?
Odds and Ends
- Get well soon, Dakota Kai. Rumour has it that she tore her ACL, but no official diagnosis has been given. Hoping for some good news!
- Expect another promo package for Dominik Dijakovic. I’m not complaining, a larger role for him is a good thing. Perhaps a feud with a certain Limitless One would produce a decent match or two…
- As much as I hate people losing their debut match, Punishment Martinez could have had a worse de-butt. I believe he’ll have a fairly prominent role in NXT, and I’m completely cool with it.
- I miss Nikki Cross. What’s happened to her? Is she called up? Is her feud with Belair over? If so, damn.
- How great was it to see Mustafa Ali take on Daniel Bryan last night? I only hope we continue to see crossovers between brands.
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