NXT’s final set of taping’s before TakeOver: New Orleans starts tonight – as always, @Parkman15Love has your NXT Preview!

As always, a quick recap of last week’s episode:

  • SAnitY def. Riddick Moss & Tino Sabbatelli
  • Tommaso Ciampa arrives, gets booed and leaves
  • Dakota Kai def. Lacey Evans, Shanya appears, Ember kicks her ass. Women’s championship match is set!
  • Street Profits def. Heavy Machinery. 
  • Pete Dunne def. Adam Cole by DQ when Undisputed Era runs in. Roderick Strong makes the save.
  • Contract signing between Zelina Vega & Aleister Black. Candice LeRae kicks Vega’s ass.

Note: Spoilers are out there, including here on Win Column Sports! 

The Main Event

Mustache Mountain was forced to withdraw from the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic, due to an injury to Tyler Bate. Roderick Strong decided to stop taking on the world for a quick second, and try his hand at the tag team division. William Regal granted his request to join with a partner of his choosing. Tonight, Strong and VACANT will take on Danny Burch & Oney Lorcan. Winner advances to take on SAnitY. I’m just saying (and I do love Lorcan & Burch), they don’t hype up a mystery partner to lose. I mean, Braun Strowman also needs a tag partner, just saying.

But can Vacant compete here when he already holds the cruiserweight belt?

Other Segments

The worst friend/greatest heel in NXT is hoping third time is the charm. Tommaso Ciampa will be trying to cut another promo tonight. Side note: If you don’t follow him on twitter, it’s 100% worth it. He’s the best. Hopefully, the picture starts to get a little more clear. Is he fully healthy? Will he compete at TakeOver, and if so, against who?  Johnny Gargano left NXT?! What does he want to do now? Or does he just want to see the world burn.

Someone kick this guy squarely in the nuts please. Damn he’s good.

Adam Cole has been squaring off with Kassius Ohno online. Cole’s called himself an uncrowned champion in NXT (isn’t he going to be defending the Tag Team Championship? Yeah he didn’t technically get crowned but he is still a champion with Bobby Fish out…). Ohno said he would crown him. Now, who thought we would be seeing Chris Hero take on the Panama City Playboy under a WWE Banner? This is pretty cool – albeit on a random episode of NXT with next to zero build. Ohno understands this business, and Cole needs a big win. I predict Adam Cole leaves with his hand raised, Bay Bay! This could be a hell of a match, and is probably well worth tuning in for.

Finally, we get to see Ember Moon in action against perennial title contender Aliyah. It doesn’t take rocket appliances to figure out who will win this one (Trailer Park Boys reference). The bigger story here is the continued build to TakeOver – and another showdown with Shanya Baszler. 

The Championship Picture

Andrade Cien Almas isn’t scheduled to show up tonight, according to WWE.com’s official preview. I would expect to see something hyping the match between himself & Aleister Black: hopefully a video package. How cool is it too, that the exact same match from last year will be for the NXT Championship one year later? Hopefully these two tear the house down.

Kyle O’Reilly will likely be ringside tonight for Adam Cole’s match, but what will happen in a few weeks? Bobby Fish’s diagnosis doesn’t look good. This author hopes to see the Undisputed Era grow a little bit bigger. Damn shame that Roddy is in the Dusty tournament though…

Finally, UK Champion Pete Dunne retained his championship, but took a beating afterwards from the Undisputed Era. Luckily someone was able to run in and take out the heels. Conveniently, that same guy needs a tag team partner now.

My Thoughts

  • War Machine made their NXT in ring debut against a heel-ish TM61. This guy is PUMPED
  • Drew McIntyre is looking like he’s getting close to a return – will we see him back in NXT soon?
  • What have Peyton Royce Billie Kay done to get off TV for this long?
  • Continuing on my weekly tradition. Why are the Authors of Pain still in NXT? Do I really need to explain that the RAW tag divison is a joke?
  • Not NXT, but welcome back Daniel Bryan. We missed you.

That’s it from me folks! Will you be tuning in tonight? Let me know what you think by tweeting me @Parkman15Love! Be sure to follow Win Column Sports on Facebook (HERE) or Twitter (HERE) as well! And Happy Rusev day to all our readers. I’m slowly becoming a fan.

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