Filler, filler and more filler. That is what we are being served up on tonight’s edition of NXT. Most of what we will see on this week’s show was recorded during NXT’s tour of Texas on the road to NXT TakeOver: WarGames. The main billing on this show is a match between Kairi Sane and Peyton Royce, which should give us an idea as to which direction the NXT women’s division will be going in.
That being said, here are three questions we need answered on NXT television tonight.
What is next for Adam Cole?
It was made very clear that one of the main goals of the WarGames match was to get Adam Cole over and prime him for an NXT title feud at some point. When looking at the title landscape, it always felt as though that Cole would be getting his championship opportunity at the TakeOver during WrestleMania weekend.
So what can Cole do in the meantime? He just took part in the first WarGames match under the NXT umbrella and there is five months to kill. Perhaps his feud with Roderick Strong is far from over and that can take us into the new year. Either way, we haven’t heard from Cole since surviving WarGames. Maybe tonight is our first chance to hear from him.
Have the plans for NXT changed?
Just above we were mentioning the NXT title picture. With the injury to Drew McIntyre, it puts NXT in a weird spot. McIntyre was probably going to get his rematch in January at the next TakeOver but his injury makes that impossible. Cole is certainly being put in position for a title run, but this feels a little too soon. The same goes for Aleister Black, and there is a lot of money in a Cole-Black feud post Mania’ season.
That leaves the current champion, Andrade ‘Cien’ Almas without an opponent for the next TakeOver (for now). Perhaps they go to Johnny Gargano, although that’s a tough sell with all of Johnny Wrestling’s losing. Maybe Strong gets a shot, but in kayfabe Cole should get a shot first.
It’s an interesting spot NXT finds itself in, with plenty of time to come up with a good solution. Perhaps tonight’s show on the network and tapings in Florida give us a better clue as to the direction.
Who will take the first shot at Ember Moon?
Tonight’s match between Kairi Sane and Peyton Royce is probably the first step of determining the first challenger for the new NXT Women’s Champion Ember Moon.
Moon had failed in her previous attempts to claim the gold but now she is tasked with hanging onto it. The women’s division as a whole has undergone a shakeup with five ladies making their way to the main roster. The main players alongside Moon (Royce, Sane and Billie Kay) are all still there and involved, which should provide plenty of options to keep the division fresh and entertaining.