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Bonded by their mutual disdain for Undisputed ERA, WWE U.K. Champion Pete Dunne will join forces with Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch to face NXT North American Champion Adam Cole and NXT Tag Team Champions Roderick Strong & Kyle O’Reilly in a Six-Man Tag Team Match this Wednesday on WWE Network.

The BruiserWeight’s alliance with Lorcan & Burch is one of practicality. Lorcan & Burch saved the U.K. Champion from Undisputed ERA’s three-on-one attack on May 2, but that was more due to Lorcan & Burch’s own problems with ERA than any sort of loyalty to Dunne, a notorious loner. (In fact, in making the case for forming a team, Lorcan matter-of-factly described Dunne as “a piece of garbage,” and Dunne didn’t object.)

In contrast, Undisputed ERA are indisputably aligned. Will Cole, Strong & O’Reilly’s cohesiveness give them an edge against the smash-mouth trio? Or can Dunne, Lorcan & Burch use their extreme animosity toward Undisputed ERA to unite and propel themselves to victory? Find out when NXT streams on the award-winning WWE Network this Wednesday at 8/7 C!

The likely main event of this episode will continue to address a big unresolved plot thread from TakeOver: New Orleans – Roderick Strong’s betrayal of Pete Dunne. It’s at least been explained, and pretty logically… Roddy figured The Bruiserweight would eventually turn on him because he only cares about his United Kingdom Championship. Joining Undisputed ERA not only allows him to wear one of the Tag Team Titles with Kyle O’Reilly, it also put him with a faction who watches one another’s backs. Considering that truth about UE (something we saw again just last week when they helped Adam Cole remain North American Champion when they interfered in his defense against Oney Lorcan, and then blasted Danny Burch, too), you have to wonder if Moustache Mountain won’t risk a Dunne betrayal of their own here – or if we have to wait until June’s Albert Hall shows for that six-man.

 

By interfering in the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Final between Roderick Strong & WWE U.K. Champion Pete Dunne and The Authors of Pain, Undisputed ERA may have thought they had schemed their way out of defending the NXT Tag Team Titles Saturday night at TakeOver: New Orleans.

They were wrong.

With Bobby Fish forced to sit out of TakeOver due to injury, some form of Undisputed ERA — either Kyle O’Reilly & Adam Cole as a unit or O’Reilly by himself — will face both Strong & Dunne and AOP in an NXT Tag Team Title Triple Threat Match that will also determine the winners of the 2018 Dusty Cup.

The unique predicament is the result of Cole & O’Reilly’s interference in the Dusty Cup Final on Wednesday’s NXT, which left the tournament without definitive victors. In response to their skullduggery, NXT General Manager William Regal ruled that Undisputed ERA would have to compete in a Triple Threat Match instead of the originally scheduled traditional tag team match.

Cole is already slated to compete in another bout Saturday night, the historic NXT North American Title Six-Man Ladder Match. When Cole & O’Reilly confronted Regal about his decision to fill up The Panama City Playboy’s dance card, the NXT GM offered Cole three options: Either wrestle in both championship tilts, leave O’Reilly to fend for himself against Strong & Dunne and AOP, or forfeit his spot in the Ladder Match.

Whatever choice The Panama City Playboy makes, Undisputed ERA’s path to title retention remains daunting. The Authors of Pain are one of the most dominant tandems to ever compete on the black-and-yellow brand, and though Strong & Dunne are a brand-new pairing, their remarkable performances in the Dusty Rhodes Classic prove they’re ready to compete with NXT’s elite teams.

Find out which duo will leave The Big Easy with the NXT Tag Team Titles this Saturday when NXT TakeOver: New Orleans streams live at 8 ET/5 PT, exclusively on the award-winning WWE Network.

Big hits will be in high supply this Wednesday when Roderick Strong challenges Pete Dunne for the WWE United Kingdom Title on WWE NXT.

The Messiah of the Backbreaker earned the right to battle The BruiserWeight after besting former U.K. Champion Tyler Bate in a thrilling No. 1 Contender’s Match on Jan. 31. A perennial favorite of the NXT Universe, Strong has toppled some of the black-and-yellow brand’s top competitors thanks to his vicious knife-edge chops and dizzying array of backbreaking maneuvers.

Despite this, Dunne showed no hint of trepidation when he crossed paths with Strong in the NXT locker room moments after Strong defeated Bate. Dunne’s defiance, however, comes as no surprise to NXT fans. The BruiserWeight has turned back every challenger who has stepped his way since capturing the U.K. crown last May. If further proof of Dunne’s boldness is needed, look no further than his appearance on the NXT TakeOver: Philadelphia Pre-Show, where he even dared to call out Universal Champion Brock Lesnar.

Can Strong, who is coming off a major win in the first round of the WWE Cruiserweight Championship Tournament, employ the End of Heartache against Dunne and become the first American to win the U.K. Title? Or will The BruiserWeight inflict contusions as only he can en route to another successful defense? Find out this Wednesday when they do battle for the U.K. Championship on WWE NXT, streaming on the award-winning WWE Network at 8/7 C.

Expect a classic this Wednesday on NXT when Roderick Strong battles Tyler Bate in a match to determine the next challenger to WWE United Kingdom Champion Pete Dunne.

Between Strong’s knife-edge chops and endlessly inventive backbreakers, and Bate’s belting strikes and textbook execution, this first-time matchup is guaranteed to be long on action. That it’s for a crack at The BruiserWeight’s U.K. Title will only heighten the intensity. Despite their many similarities inside the ring — fundamental expertise, a willingness to give and receive ferocious hits, bottomless gas tanks — Bate and Strong are approaching the opportunity from very different perspectives.

Bate gave Dunne the fight of his life last month in a U.K. Title Match but came up short of regaining the championship. A win against Strong would put the English prodigy back on track for another showdown with his familiar foe and potentially a second reign as U.K. Champion.

The veteran Strong, in contrast, is still in search of his first championship since joining WWE. If he were to advance past Bate and dethrone The BruiserWeight, The Messiah of the Backbreaker would not only accomplish that goal, but he would make history as the first American to win the U.K. Title.

Which Superstar will take the next step toward a WWE U.K. Championship Match? Find out this Wednesday when Bate and Strong go head-to-head on WWE NXT, streaming at 8/7 C on WWE Network.

Roderick Strong and Lars Sullivan are vastly different Superstars. Yet, this Wednesday when they battle head-to-head on NXT, they have the same goal: to win and move on to the Fatal 4-Way No. 1 Contender’s Match.

The Messiah of the Backbreaker is a true underdog, battling his whole life to become one of the best in-ring grapplers in the world. He’s also a devoted family man who is fighting for his son and fiancée. Sullivan, on the other hand, has no family. The monstrous Superstars professed as much during his interview with the media on the Dec. 6 episode of NXT. Sullivan also is the furthest thing from an underdog.

Unbeaten in singles action since entering NXT, the 6-foot-3, 300-plus pound behemoth has destroyed his competition at every turn. With hands that look like they could squeeze the life out of a grizzly bear, Sullivan is a scary man. But, if there is a way to topple this giant, Strong may just be the Superstar to figure it out.

With a potential future opportunity to challenge Andrade “Cien” Almas for the NXT Title at TakeOver: Philadelphia on the line, the stakes are high for both Superstars.

See if Roderick Strong’s heart and desire will be enough to overcome the pure power and brute force of Lars Sullivan in their Fatal 4-Way No. 1 Contender’s Qualifying Match tonight on NXT.

NXT General Manager William Regal dropped a bombshell on the NXT Universe, announcing that because of Drew McIntyre’s injury, there will be a new challenger to NXT Champion Andrade “Cien” Almas.

Almas’ opponent will be decided based on a series of four singles matches, with the winners of those matches then competing in a Fatal 4-Way Match. The winner of that match will challenge Almas for the NXT Title at TakeOver: Philadelphia on Saturday, Jan. 27, at the Wells Fargo Center.

The four singles matches will be: Kassius Ohno vs. Velveteen Dream, Aleister Black vs. Adam Cole, Killian Dain vs. Trent Seven and Roderick Strong vs. Lars Sullivan. Seven earned his way into the series of matches after winning a Battle Royal during an NXT Live event in Lakeland, FL.

Who will go on to challenge Almas for the NXT Title at TakeOver: Philadelphia? Be sure to tune in to NXT every Wednesday night at 8/7 C on the award-winning WWE Network to see how all four singles matches and the Fatal 4-Way Match unfold!