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3 best moments from NXT 10-18

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Bad Moon Rising

Ember Moon has officially secured yet another title shot while most recently defeating both Ruby Riot and Sonya Deville on Wednesday evening’s installment of NXT. While earning the victory as a result of a highly entertaining triple threat match, Moon has now entered the four-person field at NXT TakeOver: WarGames in Houston.

This isn’t Moon’s first shot at the NXT women’s title as she previously came up short at the hands of the undefeated Asuka — who will be making her WWE debut this weekend — at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn III.

With one spot left to fill, next week’s episode will now feature a 16-competitor battle royal in order to see who could be next in line to capture the currently vacant NXT women’s championship. In addition to Moon, both Kairi Sane and Peyton Royce have already qualified for next month’s scrap in Texas.

Setting The Stage

Although just an interview, NXT champion Drew McIntyre may have given fans something to look forward to in the coming weeks. Despite the fact that the crowd in Orlando did not get to see McIntyre make an in-ring appearance on Wednesday evening, the reigning champion did receive a visit from Zelina Vega as Andrade “Cien” Almas could now be next in line for a shot at his coveted strap.

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A Long-Awaited Return

Though the belts were not on the line, Wednesday evening’s crowd did manage to catch a glimpse of the NXT tag-team champions in SAnitY. While finding themselves involved in a six-man tag-team match against Undisputed ERA, who were making their first in-ring appearance as a trio, SAnitY was ultimately on the wrong end of a vicious ambush.

While the well-planned six-man tag-team match would have served as a memorable occurrence based solely on in-ring ability alone, the long-awaited return of the Authors of Pain certainly made the moment that much better.

After previously losing the NXT tag-team titles to SAnitY at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn III, no one had heard from the Authors of Pain since. With the two-month hiatus now a thing of the past, it appears as though the once dominant duo is officially back in the fold with WarGames looming.

Joe Nocco is a recent graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, born and raised in the New York area. Previously a contributor to SB Nation, Football.com and his own website titled Joe Nocco Sports, among others, Nocco has experience covering a variety of sports having specialized in content surrounding the NFL, NHL, NBA and MLB. You can follow Nocco at @JoeNoccoFRS on Twitter.

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