Kurt Angle Set As Referee For Matt Riddle vs. Timothy Thatcher, Tag Team Match Added To 5/27 NXT

Kurt Angle is coming to NXT to be a part of the cage match between Matt Riddle and Timothy Thatcher.

The WWE Hall of Famer will serve as the special guest referee for the match, taking place on the May 27 episode of SmackDown. Riddle and Thatcher have been at odds with each other after Thatcher walked out on Riddle in the middle of their NXT Tag Team title defense against Imperium on May 13.

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Matt Riddle and Timothy Thatcher are stepping into the cage, and Kurt Angle will be joining them. The WWE Hall of Famer and Olympic Gold Medalist will serve as special guest referee for The Original Bro’s Cage Fight against Thatcher this Wednesday night on NXT.

Thatcher debuted as Riddle’s partner in place of Pete Dunne, who was unable to appear to defend the NXT Tag Team Championship. Riddle & Thatcher seemed to catch lightning in a bottle, fending off The Undisputed ERA’s Bobby Fish & Roderick Strong to retain the titles.

But The Newly-Bros imploded in less than a month and lost the titles to Imperium, with Riddle’s easy-going demeanor apparently driving Thatcher mad. The Original Bro craftily rolled up Thatcher two weeks ago to win their first bout against each other, though the tension was far from settled.

Thatcher called for a match that could only be won by knockout or tap-out. Riddle one-upped him, proposing that they meet inside a cage. But what kind of a cage exactly does Riddle — who is familiar with fighting inside chain link as a former UFC welterweight — have in mind? And what sort of impact might Angle have?

Find out when it all goes down Wednesday night at 8/7 C on USA Network!

In related news, NXT General Manager William Regal announced that Io Shirai & Rhea Ripley will team up to take on NXT Women's Champion Charlotte Flair and a mystery partner of her choosing.

Already announced for this week on NXT is a live negotiation session between Adam Cole and Regal and a triple threat match between Drake Maverick, Kushida and Jake Atlas that would decide who would face El Hijo Del Fantasma in the Interim NXT Cruiserweight Championship Tournament finals.

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