The new NXT Champion Karrion Kross will kick off the show alongside Scarlett. Breezango will also get a much-deserved shot at the NXT Tag Team Championship in a match against Imperium. Santos Escobar will defend the NXT Cruiserweight Championship against Isiah "Swerve" Scott.
The new North American Champion Damian Priest is also scheduled to make an appearance. One of the biggest matches of the episode would feature the team of Rhea Ripley and Io Shirai in a tag team contest against Dakota Kai and Raquel Gonzalez.
Here's the current lineup for the first episode of NXT after NXT TakeOver: XXX:
- NXT Champion Karrion Kross and Scarlett to begin the show
- Santos Escobar (C) vs. Isiah "Swerve" Scott (NXT Cruiserweight Championship)
- Rhea Ripley & Io Shirai vs. Dakota Kai & Raquel Gonzalez
- Imperium (C) vs. Breezango (NXT Tag Team Championship Match)
- Appearance from NXT North American Champion Damian Priest
The reported WWE appearance of Wade Barrett on NXT
It was noted in the report that Barrett has not signed a full-time contract and his NXT appearance is part of a one-off deal. WWE is yet to confirm the appearance, which is pretty much set to happen at this point. Wade Barrett, real name Stu Bennett, has not wrestled since leaving WWE in 2016.
He has focussed on building up his acting career. However, Barrett did some announcing duties for National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) not too long ago.
Wade Barrett's return, two title matches, and one big women's tag team match makes the next installment of NXT indeed seem like a big deal.
With Keith Lee moving to RAW, we should also get to know the identity of Karrion Kross' first title challenger. The same goes for Damian Priest, who would have a target on his back following the North American title victory.
The follow-up episode to NXT TakeOver: XXX is expected to have big angles that would shape the storylines for the next few weeks.Published 26 Aug 2020, 09:22 IST