The next instalment of NXT promises to be crackling, with various incredible segments and matches already announced. In this episode, we will see the fallout of one of the most surprising events of the year, when the semi-rookie Leon Ruff managed to defeat Johnny Gargano in a match valid for the NXT North American Championship.
Leon Ruff's victory came after Johnny Gargano let himself be distracted by his rival Damian Priest, who had previously mocked the former NXT champion by claiming that Johnny Wrestling was unable to defend a title. Obviously, Johnny Gargano was not at all happy with what happened and immediately requested a titled rematch from General Manager William Regal.
This rematch has now been officially sanctioned for the episode which will air tonight live from the Capitol Wrestling Center.
North American title rematch set for WWE NXT
In the rest of the episode, there will be two other very important events: the first is the return of the reigning champion Finn Bàlor to NXT.
The Prince has been absent from his last titled defense against Kyle O'Reilly in the NXT TakeOver: 31 main event, during which he broke his jaw. We will see what Finn Bàlor's attitude will be after this recovery period and we will find out if there are new challengers ready to try to conquer the most prestigious NXT title.
Finally, in what will most likely be the main event of the evening, The Genius of the Sky Io Shirai will be giving away the NXT Women's Championship against The Nightmare Rhea Ripley, in a match that the fans of the black-yellow brand are waiting for from this one summer.
In fact, Io Shirai managed to take the women's title at NXT TakeOver: In Your House in a triple threat match involving Rhea Ripley and Charlotte Flair, who had won the belt at WrestleMania against The Nightmare. Since then Ripley and Shirai's paths have basically split but now it's time for the clash between the two titans of the WWE NXT women's division.
Last week's Gargano vs. Ruff North American Championship match was set up by Gargano vowing to break his title defense curse by retaining the championship against a "worthy opponent." Gargano's Wheel of Challengers was made so it would land on Ruff's name.
During the match, Gargano was distracted by Priest appearing in the crowd. That led to Ruff winning the title with a crucifix bomb. Gargano had defeated Priest for the North American Championship at Halloween Havoc last month. Indi Hartwell interfered while wearing a Scream costume and helped Gargano win the title at that show.