The first of the newly added matches will be in the cruiserweight division with Isaiah Scott facing Jake Atlas. The last time we saw Scott he was beaten at the Great American Bash by Johnny Gargano, and Atlas’ last outing was a loss to Cruiserweight Champion Santos Escobar.
Isaiah “Swerve” Scott made a very good point on the most recent edition of WWE 205 Live: He is the only Superstar to defeat Santos Escobar since the leader of Legado del Fantasma debuted in WWE.
Granted it was when Escobar was competing as El Hijo del Fantasma and before he recruited Joaquin Wilde and Raul Mendoza to watch his back, but “Swerve” nevertheless made quite the impression in the seesaw battle and is targeting a title bout with the NXT Cruiserweight Champion.
He’ll have a chance to strengthen his case tonight on NXT when he clashes with Jake Atlas, who came just one win away from competing for the NXT Cruiserweight Title during a recent eight-man tournament to determine a new champion, though he was defeated by Drake Maverick in a Triple Threat Match that also included Kushida. Now, Atlas is looking to reenter the title picture.
The second match will see the return of NXT Tag Team Champions Fabian Aichner & Marcel Barthel of Imperium. Their opponents have not been announced. WWE.com writes:
The era of Imperium continues as the NXT Tag Team Champions return to action tonight on the black-and-gold brand.
Fabian Aichner & Marcel Barthel dispatched their last challenge from Breezango in a chaotic tag team match that saw Indus Sher and Danny Burch & Oney Lorcan create a brawl outside the ring. Will one of those tandems step up to the titleholders, or will a new force emerge within the division?
And opening the show will be women’s tag team action as Tegan Nox and Io Shirai team up against Dakota Kai and Candice LeRae:
Rivals will collide in tag team action to open NXT tonight, as NXT Women’s Champion Io Shirai joins forces with Tegan Nox against Dakota Kai & Candice LeRae, as announced by NXT General Manager William Regal.
The Genius of the Sky finds herself in an interesting position, counting on her most recent opponent for backup. Nox pushed the champion to her limit in their title tilt two weeks ago, but Shirai prevailed before eating a surprise boot to the face from Kai.
While Shirai and Nox won each other’s respect after their grueling war, they have no experience working together. Meanwhile, Kai and LeRae have the advantage of teaming together last month at NXT TakeOver: In Your House.
But while The Captain of Team Kick hasn’t been shy about her desire to win the NXT Women’s Title, LeRae covets Shirai’s gold as well. Can they focus their efforts together, or will their championship aspirations disrupt their alliance? Will Shirai gain retribution for Nox’s ambush? Find out tonight at 8/7 C on USA Network!
Already announced for tonight’s show were Mercedes Martinez vs Shotzi Blackheart, Johnny Gargano vs Roderick Strong, NXT Champion Keith Lee to address Karrion Kross, and Finn Bálor vs Dexter Lumis vs Timothy Thatcher in a three-way TakeOver ladder match qualifier.
As always, WrestleTalk.com will have live coverage for both WWE NXT and AEW Dynamite later tonight.