Hold on to your butts, because NXT is making its broadcast television debut Wednesday night as part of “WWE Holiday Week” on USA Network.
If this will be your first time watching NXT, congratulations: you’re in for one hell of a show. Here’s everything you need to know about what’s going down.
Aleister Black vs. Adam Cole
Triple H isn’t holding back any punches for his baby’s television debut, giving us an unbelievable main event in Aleister Black vs. Adam Cole for a spot in the No. 1 contender Fatal 4-Way match for the NXT Championship. Black, who made his in-ring debut in April, is undefeated; Cole is the leader of the Undisputed Era, a stable also consisting of Bobby Fish and Kyle O’Reilly that has been wreaking havoc on the NXT roster for months. Expect this one to be a knock-down drag-out fight with twists and turns aplenty.
NXT Women’s Champion Ember Moon vs. Peyton Royce
At long last, Ember Moon finally fulfilled her quest of becoming NXT Women’s Champion at NXT TakeOver: WarGames. On Wednesday, she’ll face off against one half of the self-proclaimed “Iconic Duo,” Peyton Royce, in a non-title match. Royce has been just on the periphery of the title picture for some time now, and while she’s a good wrestler, this match will be Moon’s opportunity to showcase her skills as champion.
NXT Champion Andrade “Cien” Almas vs. Fabian Aichner
Andrade “Cien” Almas defeated Drew McIntyre in shocking fashion to win the NXT Championship at NXT TakeOver: WarGames. While he waits for a No. 1 contender to emerge, he’ll take on Fabian Aichner, a hard-hitting favorite from the Cruiserweight Classic, in a non-title match. I’ll admit that Almas was an extremely slow starter for me, but he’s improved by leaps and bounds since the addition of manager Zelina Vega.
Authors of Pain vs. Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch
The current NXT Tag Team Champions, Bobby Fish, and Kyle O’Reilly will likely be busy interfering in the main event, so for a tag match, we’ll see the former champs Authors of Pain in action against Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch. Lorcan and Burch are both fan favorites who can brawl with the best of them, but it will be hard for them to overcome the sheer power of Akam and Rezar.
The show starts at 7 p.m. ET on USA Network! I promise you won’t want to miss it.