Two big matches announced for NXT Takeover, including Aries vs. Nakamura

By James Caldwell, PWTorch assistant editor

NXT Photo credit Scott Lunn (@ScottLunn)


WWE announced two big matches for the “NXT Takeover” special on this week’s NXT episode, taped last Thursday at Full Sail University in Florida.

– Shinsuke Nakamura will face Austin Aries on the June 8 Takeover special.

The match is not officially a #1 contender match to the NXT Title, but the basis of the match is both wrestlers wanting an NXT Title shot down the road.

– Asuka will defend the Women’s Title against Nia Jax at Takeover. Jax beat Carmella and Alexa Bliss in a three-way #1 contender match in the main event of this week’s NXT show.

Bayley, who lost the NXT Women’s Title to Asuka, was not part of the #1 contender match. WWE played up an injury angle excluding Bayley from the title shot.

Updated NXT Takeover Line-up

  • NXT Title match: Samoa Joe vs. Finn Balor in a steel cage match
  • NXT Tag Title match: American Alpha (Jason Jordan & Chad Gable) vs. The Revival (Dash & Dawson) – “NXT Takeover: Dallas” re-match
  • Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Austin Aries
  • NXT Women’s Title match: Asuka vs. Nia Jax

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