We got some more clarity about the live premiere of NXT on USA & WWE Networks next week (Weds., Sept. 18) on the final pre-taped episode that streamed tonight.
It always seemed a little weird that General Manager William Regal booked a match to determine the #1 contender for Shayna Baszler’s NXT Women’s championship between Bianca Belair, Io Shirai, and Mia Yim - three wrestlers who’ve failed to beat Baszler in previous opportunities. It makes a little more sense now that he’s added Candice LeRae. This may just be a way to further LeRae’s feud with Shirai, but at least it gives them the option of booking a fresh title feud.
We also learned tonight that Dakota Kai - a woman who Shayna had a program with during her first title reign - will be back from injury soon. It’s not clear if that’s next week, but the Captain of Team Kick should be a player in the women’s division shortly into the “Live on USA” era.NXT #WomensChampion @QoSBaszler's next challenger will be determined NEXT WEEK in a #Fatal4Way during #WWENXT's 2-hour LIVE premiere!@MiaYim @CandiceLeRae @shirai_io @BiancaBelairWWE Shayna Baszler’s next challenger to be decided in Fatal 4-Way Match on NXT’s live premiere
— WWE NXT (@WWENXT) September 12, 2019
Raw personalities Street Profits announced they intend to return to try and get their NXT Tag Team championship back from Undisputed ERA next Wednesday. WWE hasn’t announced that match as of this writing, so Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins may end up just re-starting their program with Kyle O’Reilly & Bobby Fish as opposed to actually getting a title match, but their intentions are clear...
Something which was explicitly spelled out is when two matches announced last week will take place. Roderick Strong vs. North American champ Velveteen Dream is happening in the 8PM Eastern hour on USA, while the Street Fight between Matt Riddle & Killian Dain will be after 9PM Eastern on WWE Network.
It’s not clear when the Fatal 4Way and a possible tag title match will happen. But overall, next week’s card is almost TakeOver-like.
Which makes sense, given the stakes involved in NXT’s move to live on USA, and WWE’s desire for the brand to gain a foothold before AEW premieres on TNT on Oct. 2.