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NXT Announces Three Matches for 12/16

The Black and Gold Brand Appears to be Loading Up for Another Great Episode

NXT has officially announced plans for three matches set to take place this Wednesday on the USA Network. What can we expect to go down on this week’s edition black and gold brand? Good question. Let me tell you. 

NXT Championship Number One Contenders Match

Why not cash-in on Kyle O’Reilly and Pete Dunne‘s chemistry while the getting’s good? The two had a classic ladder match just a few weeks ago on NXT that determined whose team got the advantage in the men’s War Games match. Obviously, that was followed by O’Reilly’s Undisputed Era going toe-to-toe with Dunne, Pat McAfee, Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch at the latest Takeover event.

Both men are now squarely in the title picture. Kyle has already taken NXT Champion Finn Balor to the limit once and put him out of commission for two months with a broken jaw. The Bruiserweight, on the other hand, looks better than ever after missing the past several months due the Covid-19 pandemic. The winner of this matchup will face Balor at NXT’S New Year’s Evil special on January 6th. My money is on the former NXT UK Champion, Pete Dunne. 

Rhea Ripley Faces Off with Toni Storm

This clash between the two former NXT UK Women’s champions should be another great addition to this week’s show. Storm, who also won the 2018 Mae Young Classic, recently broke up their friendship by turning heel then attacking Ember Moon and aligning herself with Team Candice LaRae prior to War Games. They were able to face off at Takeover, but this will be their first one-on-one matchup since both officially returned stateside. The Nightmare, who has been both NXT and NXT UK Champion, is looking to settle a personal score with her former companion. This match could go either way and will definitely be a fun one to watch. 

Karrion Kross Makes His Return to In-Ring Action

We haven’t seen Karrion Kross in an NXT ring since the Wednesday after he captured the brand’s top title from Keith Lee back in August. Unfortunately, he injured his shoulder in that match. Kross was forced to vacate the highly coveted title and had been absent ever since. Until last week, that is. Kross made his return with a vengeance by taking out Damien Priest in the process. This Wednesday, he steps back into the squared circle against some poor soul that will have no choice but to fall and pray. 

Jon’s Thoughts

Based on these matches alone, this week’s edition of NXT appears to be must-see television. I, for one, will be watching this one closely. Will you be watching? What are you most looking forward to? Let me know in the comments below, catch my other articles on Sports Obsessive and on Twitter by following @ShartzerJon.

Written by Jon Shartzer

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