For the first time since NXT TakeOver: WarGames, we get a fresh taping with new content. This next batch of tapings gets us on the road to the next TakeOver special in January, with a series of matches being setup to determine the next challenger for the NXT Championship.
Here are three questions we need answered on tonight’s episode:
How do they get Johnny Gargano into this qualifying match?
So this is the problem with reading spoilers. William Regal announced the four qualifying matches for the No. 1 Contender’s Fatal-4-Way, yet Gargano was missing from that group. We know from reading said spoilers that Kassius Ohno does not face Velveteen Dream in a qualifying match. In fact, Gargano finds his way into this match. So that’s the question. How will NXT go about this?
This is a perfect example of NXT can keep the suspense and surprise of their show, despite the nature of the show being taped. While most fans watching tonight know the result, they don’t know the ‘how’. Not only does it create an interesting story for Gargano throughout the tournament but it also creates a story for Velveteen Dream, who wasn’t apart of the last tapings.
Are there going to be more debuts on the horizon?
The WWE just called up five women to the main roster. With these fresh set of tapings beginning to air tonight, do we see any promos or video packages debuting new superstars? Any time that NXT can hit the reset button provides the opportunity to debut new members to the Universe.
There doesn’t have to be any matches. At first, using video packages and backstage segments may be the best way to first introduce new women, or men, into their respective divisions.
Is the UK division a featured part of NXT?
The UK Championship picture on NXT is actually the perfect example of what we talked about above. There are a lot of members of that UK scene that haven’t appeared on NXT television yet, but they could soon become household names. That’s because the UK guys are seemingly used more and more on NXT television.
Is that because NXT is wanting to create another division on their show, to showcase what these guys are able to do? Or is it a longer-term plan to get the UK superstars exposure before launching an entirely separate show on the network. Either way, if it means watching more Pete Dunne and Tyler Bate wrestling, I’m in.