The grudge match is almost official for NXT TakeOver XXX.

Triple H appeared on ESPN's Get Up on Thursday morning and, on the behalf of Adam Cole, challenged Pat McAfee to show up to "fight" at NXT TakeOver XXX.

"There is one thing about Pat McAfee that everyone should understand; Pat grew up dreaming about being a WWE superstar. It is everything he thought he would ever be as a kid. He ended up in the NFL and one of the most successful and toughest kickers ever, but his dream was to be in WWE. The spotlight is really what he craves. It's all about Pat McAfee. That's a good thing, but in this situation, he is craving this spotlight and he is doing it by going after Adam Cole. He is in his head. Pat McAfee wants to be famous, I can make his dream come true. You wanna be famous? We have a big TakeOver on August 22, put your money where your mouth is. Pat McAfee vs. Adam Cole," said Triple H.

The rivalry, which has been building since 2018, came to a head on Wednesday's NXT when McAfee punted Cole at the end of the show, leaving him out cold. The two had squashed their beef earlier in the day after a confrontation on McAfee's show in July boiled over, leading to Cole cursing and walking off set.

On Thursday afternoon, McAfee accepted the bout.

You can check out the current lineup for NXT TakeOver XXX by clicking here.

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