While Raw is going into a pay-per-view and SmackDown Live is coming out of one, NXT is in a bit of a holding pattern. Their next network event doesn’t take place until the Saturday before Survivor Series. That doesn’t mean we aren’t without a blockbuster main event with massive implications.
Here are five things to watch for on tonight’s episode of NXT.
The Undisputed ERA’s debut
The debut of Adam Cole at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn III was a shock on its own. Seeing Cole flanked by Bobby Fish and Kyle O’Reilly created an even bigger shock that made waves across the NXT roster.
For weeks now, we have seen the Undisputed ERA make their claims and involve themselves in everything they can get their hands on. One team that isn’t standing for their actions? SAintY. The group led by Eric Young has been the thorn in Cole’s side since he got to NXT with his friends from the past.
This week, we finally get the chance to see these three team up in the ring together. Their opponents will be the team that’s been in their way from day one, SAintY. I’m not sure if the ring will be able to continue all of the chaos that these six men will bring to tonight’s show. If I were a betting man, I would say this one doesn’t end with a clean finish.
Gargano moving on
Last week presented quite the opportunity for Johnny Gargano, a chance to avenge his TakeOver: Brooklyn III loss to Andrade “Cien” Almas. Hoping to put the whole #DIY situation in the rear-view mirror, Gargano wasn’t able to get past his fears. Instead of throwing a t-shirt into the ring this time, Zelina Vega took off her leather jacket to reveal a #DIY shirt, causing enough of a distraction to get Almas back into the match.
Ultimately, Johnny Wrestling fell to Almas, leaving the NXT universe wondering if Gargano was still not over Tommaso Ciampa stabbing him in the back. Gargano is going to need to get his mojo back and put the past in the past. Tonight should show us the beginning of how Gargano plans to do that, or if that is even possible.
Punching another ticket
Kairi Sane locked up her ticket for the NXT Women’s Championship Fatal-4 Way at TakeOver: War Games, leaving only three more up for grabs. Last Wednesday, we saw Peyton Royce earn the second spot in that match, albeit with a little help from the Undisputed Era and Taynara Conti.
Tonight, the third entrant in that match will be determined. Ruby Riot, Ember Moon and Sonya Deville will battle it out to see which of the three of them will get a chance at becoming the next NXT Women’s Champion. With only one spot up for grabs after this match, all three ladies will be laying it all out there to try to get into that match.
Acknowledging the Dream
All the Velveteen Dream wants is to be acknowledged by Aleister Black. Is that too much to ask for? Apparently.
Dream set his sights last Wednesday on the man that they took out the week prior, the debuting Lio Rush. Rush, finally got the chance to make his NXT debut and was impressing the crowd before Dream put an end to Rush, earning the victory.
Dream is sure to increase his antics this week, hoping to get something out of Black. At some point, Dream is going to push Black to the point where he will respond. Tonight could be that night, and we will see sooner rather than later if Dream knows what he is asking for.
Most times, when the major championship takes a back seat it’s bad news. I’m not so sure that’s the case with Drew McIntyre. The last time we saw the champion he was defeating Roderick Strong in a very good TV title match. Following that, there was the encounter between Strong and the Undisputed ERA, leaving all of us wondering if Strong would join forces with Cole, Fish and O’Reilly.
Tonight, we begin to get answers as to what might be next for McIntyre. He is set for an exclusive interview that should provide insight into the champion’s psyche after what he saw following his successful title defense. McIntyre has to see the bullseye that is being placed on him by the Undisputed ERA, so what will McIntyre have to say about the newcomers to NXT?