NXT ON USA: August 5 preview

Posted on 8/05/120 by Bob Magee

Imperium to defend the NXT Tag Team Titles against The
Undisputed ERA

The Undisputed ERA is trying to get its groove back, and
theyll look to do so at Imperiums expense when Bobby Fish
& Kyle OReilly challenge Marcel Barthel & Fabian Aichner
for the NXT Tag Team Titles this Wednesday night.

Since bringing the age of Imperium stateside and becoming
champions, Barthel & Aichner have remained largely
unthreatened until last week.

Before Imperium could address the NXT Universe after
defeating Ever-Rise, they were assaulted by Fish, OReilly,
Adam Cole and Roderick Strong. With no championship gold for
the first time in more than a year, The Undisputed ERA
channeled their frustration directly at Aichner & Barthel,
and now theyll look to take their titles.

And as if that isnt motivation enough for Fish & OReilly,
theyll also be looking for retribution from this past
January at WWE Worlds Collide when they fell to Imperium in
Eight-Man Tag Team action.

The Undisputed ERA have already made history as the only
three-time NXT Tag Team Champions. Is a fourth reign
imminent, or will the age of Imperium continue on the black-
and-gold brand?

Keith Lee to face Cameron Grimes

Cameron Grimes had big plans for the most recent episode of
NXT. He wanted to take out NXT Champion Keith Lee and end
the month of July with the title around his waist.

Instead, Lee sent Grimes to the moon with a devastating
Spirit Bomb.

Grimes suffered a jaw contusion as a result and went off in
a WWE Network exclusive. Grimes called Lee a coward and
promised to teach the champion a lesson about respect.

Will Grimes be successful? Find out when he faces Lee in a
one-on-one match this Wednesday at 8/7 C on USA Network.

Rhea Ripley faces Dakota Kai for the chance to challenge Io

Dakota Kai arrogantly declared herself the No. 1 Contender
to Io Shirais NXT Womens Championship, but Rhea Ripley
isnt about to let her to the front of the line without a

The two will square off this Wednesday night with the winner
earning the right to challenge Shirai.

Kais intentions have been clear for weeks. She kicked down
the door with a vicious boot to Shirais face after her
defense against Tegan Nox last month. The Captain of Team
Kick delivered dj vu last week when she again attacked
Shirai, this time before they battled in tag team action.

And once again demonstrating her self-interest in
transparent fashion, Kai bailed on partner Candice LeRae
during a tag team match, leaving her in the lurch for a loss
to Shirai and Nox and announcing she was done jumping
through hoops for a title opportunity.

But Ripley, a former NXT Womens Champion, took issue with
Kai crowning herself as No. 1 Contender, defiantly staking
her claim to face Shirai.

Will Kai finally earn the chance she feels entitled to, or
will Ripley come one step closer to becoming a two-time

Damian Priest, Oney Lorcan and Ridge Holland battle for
TakeOver XXX opportunity

The third in NXTs North American Title Triple Threat Match
Series might be the hardest-hitting yet.

Damian Priest, Oney Lorcan and Ridge Holland will clash this
Wednesday night for their chance to compete for the NXT
North American Championship.

Priest may be the most impressive NXT Superstar that has yet
to taste championship gold, but he has named himself the
favorite for this bout and for the Ladder Match at TakeOver

But to get there, The Archer of Infamy will have to overcome
Lorcan, who is one of the toughest brawlers in NXT.
Meanwhile, Priest admitted that the debuting Holland is more
of an unknown quantity. The former rugby footballer has
impressed in NXT UK, however, and figures to teach the
black-and-gold brand what Yorkshire steel is all about.

Which Superstar will clinch their spot and join Bronson Reed
and Dexter Lumis in the Ladder Match at TakeOver XXX?

Bronson Reed vs. Shane Thorne

Bronson Reed is poised for a breakout summer, defeating
Roderick Strong and Johnny Gargano to secure a coveted
opportunity to compete for the NXT North American
Championship in a 6-Man Ladder Match at NXT TakeOver XXX.
But fellow Aussie Shane Thorne hopes to stop his momentum
this Wednesday on NXT.

Can Thorne topple The Aus-zilla in one-on-one action? Find
out live on NXT, Wednesday at 8/7 on USA Network.

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