NXT North American Title match is official for TakeOver: New York.
NXT General Manager William Regal took to social media to announce that Velveteen Dream will defend his NXT North American Title against Matt Riddle at TakeOver: New York on Apr. 5. The two competed in a fatal five-way bout on Wednesday's episode of NXT for a shot at the vacant NXT Title at TakeOver. The match was won by Adam Cole, but Riddle impressed Regal enough to get a crack at Dream's gold.
Last night, @SuperKingofBros nearly had @VelveteenWWE beat in the Fatal 5-Way. While Riddle came up short, I want to see what happens when Riddle and Dream compete one-on-one, for the NXT North American Title… at #NXTTakeover: New York!— William Regal (@RealKingRegal) March 21, 2019
The rivalry between the two dynamic and athletic Superstars brewed shortly after Dream’s emphatic victory over Johnny Gargano on the Feb. 20 installment of NXT. It wasn’t long after the enigmatic provocateur’s championship win that The Original Bro threw in his bid for a chance at the spotlight. After dismissing Riddle with a snap of the finger (and two words: “Dream over”) earlier in the month, Dream got a trace of Riddle’s championship desire firsthand on the March 20 edition of NXT, when they faced off amongst three other Superstars in a hard-hitting Fatal 5-Way Match to determine a No. 1 Contender for the NXT Title. The high-impact slugfest between them prompted Regal to make Dream vs. Riddle official for TakeOver: New York.
After having battled some of the best among the black-and-gold brand, Dream’s first title defense finds him up against a new sensation with an undefeated record in one-on-one competition. Can Riddle seize the NXT North American Championship, or will The Dream paint the New York City skyline with his purple reign?
NXT TakeOver: New York is scheduled for Apr. 5 from the Barclays Center. Here is a look at the announced card thus far:
Vacant NXT Championship - Two Out Of Three Falls
Johnny Gargano vs. Adam Cole
NXT North American Championship
Velveteen Dream (c) vs. Matt Riddle
NXT Tag Team Championships
War Raiders (c) vs. Winners of Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic
WWE United Kingdom Championship
Pete Dunne (c) vs. WALTER
NXT Women's Championship - Fatal 4-Way
Shayna Baszler (c) vs. Io Shirai vs. Bianca Belair vs. Kairi Sane