Wednesday's NXT begins to take shape.
WWE announced Ember Moon will kick-off Wednesday's episode of NXT. She made her return to the brand, and return from injury, this past Sunday at TakeOver 31.
Ember Moon returns to kick off NXT
The NXT Universe, and NXT Women’s Champion Io Shirai in particular, received a major shock at TakeOver 31 when Ember Moon revealed herself as the individual behind the mysterious vignettes that have aired in recent weeks.
Riding into TakeOver on a motorcycle, Moon made her presence felt inside the Capitol Wrestling Center and stared down The Genius of the Sky after Shirai’s successful defense against Candice LeRae.
Now that Moon is back on the black-and-gold brand, the former NXT Women’s Champion won’t waste any time making her intentions known, as she’s set to kick off this week’s episode of NXT.
What will Moon have to say about her stunning NXT homecoming and plans for the future? Find out Wednesday on NXT at 8/7 C on USA.
Also announced is Kushida vs. Tommaso Ciampa.
Kushida and Tommaso Ciampa set for competition
International Superstar Kushida has displayed a rougher, more aggressive side recently, but NXT’s resident Time Splitter might meet his match in brutality when he battles former NXT Champion Tommaso Ciampa.
The match, which is scheduled as the first bout on NXT TV this week, pits two of the black-and-gold brand’s most experienced — and perhaps most ruthless — Superstars in head-to-head action.
Can Kushida capitalize on his defeat of Velveteen Dream at TakeOver 31 with a victory over The Blackheart? Or will Ciampa, who has made a painful example of Jake Atlas recently, stop Kushida just as he appears to be getting on a roll?
Tune in to NXT Wednesday at 8/7 C on USA.
On top of matches being announced for Wednesday, WWE announced a couple of injuries following TakeOver 31.
Velveteen Dream suffered a fractured wrist in his match against Kushida while Adam Cole suffered broken ribs and contusion after he was seemingly attacked by Ridge Holland.
Adam Cole and Velveteen Dream are both listed as injured following the events of NXT TakeOver 31, WWE.com has learned.
Cole suffered broken ribs and contusions due to an apparent attack suffered at the hands of powerful newcomer Ridge Holland. Holland dropped Cole’s limp body at ringside following the conclusion of the NXT Championship main event between Finn Bálor and Kyle O’Reilly, prompting his fellow Undisputed ERA members to call for immediate medical attention.
Velveteen Dream, meanwhile, suffered a fractured wrist after facing Kushida at TakeOver 31. Kushida forced Dream to submit to the Hoverboard Lock and then continued the onslaught after the bell, armbarring Dream until officials interjected. Despite the injury, Dream is medically cleared as tolerated.
These injuries are on top of the previously reported injuries incurred by Bálor and O’Reilly during their intense and acclaimed title bout. Get updates on both Superstars’ condition this Wednesday on NXT on USA.
Fightful will have live coverage of NXT beginning at 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday.