NXT preview (Sept. 18 2019): We’re LIVE BayBay! By Meangene45 WWE.com Tonight (Sept. 1 is NXT’s big live debut on the USA network - and then their less exciting second hour on the WWE Network. Advertised for tonight: North American Championship match: Roderick Strong vs. The Velveteen Dream (c) Women’s Championship number 1 contender fatal four way featuring Io Shirai, Candice LeRea, Mia Yim and Bianca Belair Street Fight: Matt Riddle vs. Killian Dain Pomp and circumstance As per usual, here are our five questions about NXT tonight: Will The Undisputed Era end the night dripping in gold? Since the formation of their stable, Undisputed ERA has claimed to be the very best that NXT has to offer. They continuously disrespect and disregard the former competitors that made NXT the hottest brand in WWE and have made it known that they are taking full credit for NXT’s new gig on the USA Network. And while all of that is traditionally cocky heel talk they back it up with championship gold. Currently, they hold both the NXT championship and the NXT tag team championships. All that is left is for Roddy to capture the the North American championship and the prophecy is complete. But Velveteen Dream, the current champion, isn’t a competitor to take lightly. He’s a creative, dominant force in the division and dances to the beat of his own drum. He’s unpredictable. I mean, Roddy had to light a whole couch on fire just to get this match booked. Plus, Roddy is cocksure. He is so confident that it is his destiny to walk out of the ring with the championship that he may not be taking Velveteen Dream seriously and that would be a big mistake. Regardless, booking this match as the first main event on their USA debut is a smart move. These two competitors are exactly what the black and gold brand is all about. They are different then anything else seen on WWE and are sure to turn some casual fans into die-hards. 2. Will Candice be able to focus on winning her match or will Io be her downfall yet again? Candice is a last minute addition to this number one contender match. Originally, it was supposed to only feature Io Shirai, Bianca Belair and Mia Yim, but after asking for another opportunity to fight Io, Regal added her to the match. Instead of being delighted at being given the opportunity to potentially face the women’s champion she only cares about getting her hands on Io. This makes it sounds like this fatal four way has the potential to be absolute chaos with Candice and Io embroiled in their own feud, while Bianca and Mia try and actually win the match. Candice may think her biggest enemy is Io, but she may turn out to be her own worst enemy. Hopefully, they can tell these two parallel stories without succumbing to the chaos and having a messy match. 3. What’s going to happen with Rhea Ripley? Rhea and Shayna’s match was interrupted by...I wanna say Mary and Jessica...last week before a decision could be made. Rhea is Shayna’s first real threat in forever and she is clearly shook by her presence. Rhea is chomping at the bit to get back in the ring with the champ, but how? Technically, she was disqualified because she hit Shayna with a chair (the chair that was introduced by Shayna’s goonies) so does she deserve another shot? When talking with Candice in his office Regal made an off hand comment about potentially having to add Rhea Ripley to the number 1 contenders match if she won her match against Shayna. As previously stated, she didn’t win...but she didn’t really lose either. As such, I wouldn’t be surprised if she is a last minute addition to the match. Nothing says new era like one women’s segment with five competitors! 4. Is a Riddle/Dain Street fight enough to drive traffic to the network? These two competitors are fan favorites and this match is sure to be a banger, but will viewers - especially the coveted casual fan - make the effort to switch at the hour mark? Neither of them are huge names outside of indie wrestling or NXT so it won’t be a name draw, but hopefully the first hour of NXT on USA goes so well that people are driven to the network. Or maybe the words “street fight” are enough to get some casual fans to check it out. If I were NXT I would definitely at least show a video package during the USA broadcast with clips from past NXT street fights as an amuse bouche. Show the audience that when NXT says street fight they don’t mean a silly gimmick with pumpkins and nonsense - they mean business. 5. Will recently unemployed Kevin Owens seek employment at the black and gold brand? With NXT officially no longer the developmental brand and now a recognized desirable location for long term employment we can expect some “main roster” surprises in the coming weeks. It has already started to be a trend with the addition of Breezango and Johnny Gargano’s announcement that he is staying in NXT, but will that include top tier stars like Kevin Owens? Kevin, even heel Kevin, has always been a vocal supporter of NXT and is often seen in the crowds at Takeovers. Not as a draw, but as a genuine fan. I wouldn’t be surprised if he made an appearance for a couple weeks to draw some SmackDown viewers to NXT and to reinforce the brand’s desirable employment. Also to stick it to Shane McMahon. It’s a brand new era for NXT. It’s LIVE! So we don’t have any spoilers this week. We’ll just have to wait see if we get the answers to any of these questions to night at 8 ET on the USA network...and then also tonight at 9 ET on the WWE network.