It’s put up or shut up, as Adam Cole looks to send a shock to the system of Matt Riddle, who’s been prodding the Undisputed ERA leader over the past few weeks by foiling some of his devious plans. Now, a slugfest awaits these warring rivals. Plus, Bianca Belair and Mia Yim take their war of words inside the yellow ropes for singles action.
With the battle lines drawn and forces pitted against one another, a war of attrition is afoot as Matt Riddle takes on Adam Cole. “We’re going to have a fight,” Cole told WWE.com in an interview discussing his upcoming matchup. Both Superstars have been at each other’s necks in recent weeks, thanks to Riddle’s meddling in the Undisputed ERA’s calculated affairs. Riddle sparked the flame on the April 24 edition of NXT, after he accused Cole of being jealous of fellow ERA member Roderick Strong during a locker room confrontation. Later in the night, The Original Bro thwarted a distraction attempt by Cole, Bobby Fish & Kyle O’Reilly during Strong’s match against NXT Champion Johnny Gargano. With tempers flaring as bright as the ignited trenches in the battle of Winterfell, one must wonder just how far both Superstars will go to snare the victory. “I can tell you this much,” Cole assured WWE.com, “Matt Riddle is not going to leave that match the same as he did coming in.”
After a testy confrontation last week at the WWE Performance Center, Mia Yim and Bianca Belair will finally post up for action. The fire between these two began after Yim made mention of Belair‘s failed attempts at dethroning NXT Women’s Champion Shayna Baszler in a backstage interview with Cathy Kelley. In response, The EST of NXT approached Yim at the Performance Center, prompting The Head Baddie in Charge to challenge Belair to a match. Sparks are sure to fly from the opening bell in this testy scrap.
If you follow Riddick Moss on social media, you know all about the self-assured powerhouse’s “Riddick Regimen,” the disciplined doctrine that helped Moss’ recovery from injury last year. In his first match on NXT TV since suffering an Achilles tendon tear, Moss takes on the quick-footed Raul Mendoza in singles competition. Can Moss make the most out of his comeback by snaring a victory? Or will Mendoza be the one with his arm raised?
As TakeOver: XXV draws near, Raw Superstars and reigning NXT Tag Team Champions The Viking Raiders return this week to let the world in on their plans for the future. Find out what’s next for Erik & Ivar when NXT tonight at 8/7 C on the award-winning WWE Network.
NXT Tag Team Champion The Viking Raiders’ status in the black-and-gold brand has been the subject of much speculation since Erik & Ivar debuted on Raw. This week on WWE Network, the champions will make their booming voices heard when they appear live at Full Sail.
Although the bearded brawlers have already made their presence felt in a big way on Monday nights, they still hold the top prize in NXT’s Tag Team division — a fact that none of NXT’s other duos has forgotten. If you need evidence, look no further than The Forgotten Sons’ ruthless guerrilla attack on The Viking Raiders last week, which showed that Erik & Ivar are squarely in the crosshairs of The Savages of NXT.
How will The Viking Raiders respond, and what does the future hold for them in NXT? Find out this week on WWE Network.
To say Kushida’s NXT debut was a smash success would be an understatement. Against the venerable and vicious Kassius Ohno, NXT’s newest Superstar made an unforgettable first impression. He showed true grit (enduring The Knockout Artist’s high-powered strikes), uncorked a few home runs of his own (his wind-up punch seemed powered by no fewer than 1.21 gigawatts) and forced Ohno to submit to the Hoverboard Lock. Kushida looks to go 2-0 this week when he returns to compete between the yellow ropes of NXT.
When we last saw The Undisputed ERA, team captain Adam Cole was lambasting Roderick Strong for his involvement in Cole’s match against Matt Riddle (a bout that Cole lost). After weeks of mounting tension between the two teammates, Cole’s latest outburst was possibly the straw that broke the camel’s back, as Strong responded by ripping off his Undisputed ERA shirt and throwing it in Cole’s face as The Panama City Playboy was being held back by Kyle O’Reilly and Bobby Fish.
The Undisputed ERA are as tightknit a crew as you’ll find in NXT or WWE, but that doesn’t mean they’re invincible to infighting. Will the system-shocking stable get back on the same page, or are we witnessing the end of an era?
Vanessa Borne and Aliyah might consider everyone else in the NXT a “lower,” but don’t expect Borne’s opponent this week on NXT TV — 2018 Mae Young Classic competitor Jessie — to co-sign that statement.
Armed with world-class athleticism and a contagious sense of joy, the up-and-coming Jessie has been a favorite of the NXT Universe any time she’s competed, including during the recent Women’s Battle Royal on WWE Worlds Collide. However, she is also in pursuit of something other than NXT fan approval, namely, a big win on WWE Network. Will Jessie hit the jackpot this week, or can The Vision, whose ruthlessness and in-ring repertoire seems to grow by the day, rain on her parade?
It’s been a while since the NXT Universe has basked in the glory of Keith Lee, but that all changes this week on WWE Network when The Limitless Superstar returns to action. After an injury pushed Lee to the sideline for weeks, the 320-pound hybrid athlete — whose absurd combination of size, speed and agility has blown minds — is back at full strength and looking to make up for lost time.