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The following contains SPOILERS for upcoming NXT episodes leading into the “NXT Takeover: Dallas” special during WrestleMania Weekend in April.
PWTorch correspondent Josh Parry’s full NXT TV Taping Report can be read HERE.
At Wednesday night’s NXT TV taping, WWE announced the following huge matches for Takeover:
– Outgoing New Japan star Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Sami Zayn. NXT GM William Regal announced Nakamura’s arrival after the second episode. Nakamura appeared on the video screen to a “crazy pop.” The message was Nakamura is taking over.
This also appeared to be Zayn’s send-off from NXT (at least at Full Sail University) before a main roster call-up.
– NXT Title match: Finn Balor vs. Samoa Joe. Joe beat Zayn in a 2/3 Falls #1 contender match to get the title shot against Balor at Takeover. The match lasted the entire hour of the first episode taped. After the match, Joe vowed to beat Balor for the NXT Title in Dallas.
– NXT Women’s Title match: Bayley vs. Asuka. William Regal announced Asuka as the #1 contender to Bayley’s title, with the match happening in Dallas.
– NXT Tag Title match: Although not officially announced for Dallas, Jason Jordan & Chad Gable beat The Vaudevillians to become #1 contenders to the NXT Tag Titles. It appears it will be Dash & Dawson vs. Jordan & Gable.
– Austin Aries vs. Baron Corbin, following up on Corbin attacking Aries during his NXT debut last Friday.