Adam Cole's upcoming NXT Championship defense will open this week's episode of NXT.
WWE announced that Cole's match against Finn Balor will be the first match of the December 18 episode of NXT. In addition, the match will be presented commercial-free on the USA Network.
BREAKING: The #NXTChampionship match between @AdamColePro and @FinnBalor will KICK OFF #WWENXT and will be presented commercial-free this Wednesday, LIVE at 8/7 C on @USA_Network. pic.twitter.com/EPlgLZfgwd— WWE NXT (@WWENXT) December 16, 2019
On December 11, Balor had won a triple threat match against Tommaso Ciampa and Keith Lee to become the No. 1 contender for Cole's NXT title. Balor is undefeated in on NXT programming ever since he returned to the black and gold brand, where he once reigned as the NXT Champion himself.
The December 18 episode of NXT also has an NXT Women's Championship match between Shayna Baszler and Rhea Ripley. Fightful will have live coverage of NXT with a post-show podcast to follow once NXT goes off the air.
Shortly after the NXT announcement, AEW announced Kenny Omega & Hangman Page vs. The Lucha Bros (Pentagon Jr. & Fenix) will open AEW Dynamite on Dec. 18. That match will also be presented commercial-free.
Kicking off #AEW Dynamite this Wednesday, it’s a dream tag team match as #TheLuchaBrothers face Kenny Omega & Hangman Adam Page, and as always - it will be commercial-free!— All Elite Wrestling (@AEWrestling) December 16, 2019
Watch #AEWDynamite on @TNTDrama 8e/7c or get your tickets for Corpus Christi at https://t.co/5WsWwyDkwZ pic.twitter.com/AxUdQ5eg2z
Fightful will have live coverage of both NXT and AEW Dynamite on Wednesday beginning at 8 p.m. ET.