Welcome to Bleacher Report's preview for the August 21 episode of NXT on the WWE Network. Spoilers are already out there, but if you want to know what will happen without having the matches spoiled for you, you're in the right place.
This is the first week from another block of tapings that took place at Full Sail University at the end of July. With six matches scheduled, many different stars will be in action.
The night's first match will see Becky Lynch take on NXT women's champion Charlotte. This is definitely going to be an interesting combination of experience and pedigree.
Lynch is a 12-year veteran of the business with a lot of credibility and more to offer than the casual fan has yet to realize. Charlotte, however, has only been in the business for two years but spent her life around wrestling due to being the daughter of Ric Flair.
Charlotte has proved to be a talented athlete with a lot of potential, but she has her work cut out for her with Lynch. A victory over the champ would be huge for Lynch, but a loss won't matter too much.
She's still new to most of the NXT audience, meaning she has plenty of time to develop her character before eventually being called up to the main roster. If Lynch does come away with a victory, it could put her in line for a future title shot.
The second bout of the evening will see The Vaudevillains take on Big Cass and Enzo Amore. This will be a semifinal match in the ongoing tournament to find new No. 1 contenders for the NXT Tag Team Championships.
Both teams have picked up wins in recent weeks leading up to this match, but Simon Gotch and Aiden English seem like the next top team in NXT.
With The Ascension likely being called up before the end of the year, The Vaudevillains will almost certainly be their successors. They are the only team in NXT other than Konnor and Viktor with an actual team name, and they are getting a lot of time in front of the camera lately.
If Cass and Amore do manage to defeat Gotch and English, it would put them in the finals of the tournament, giving both men a big push in the process. These two teams have actually faced each other before. Check out the included video to see how they performed the last time around.
WWE mainstay Natalya will also be in action when she takes on Carmella, who will be making her NXT debut on this episode.
Debuting against such an established Diva in Natalya could be a blessing or a curse. If the former NFL cheerleader looks good against someone with as much technical prowess as Nattie, it could push her up the ranks very quickly.
However, that likely will not be the case. Carmella has been in developmental for a relatively short amount of time, meaning she's probably greener than grass.
One thing to remember is that this is her first real match, and it's always interesting to see someone debut in developmental. It's almost like watching a baby being born without all the screaming and placenta (well, there might be some screaming).
Speaking of screaming, the always loud Mojo Rawley is back in action this week when he takes on Steve Cutler.
Cutler used to go by the name Trademark Tommy Maclin in smaller promotions. He was trained by Larry Sharpe, a man who has been credited with getting many big names into the business, including Big Show and Bam Bam Bigelow.
Cutler is still somewhat new to NXT, but he has a lot of potential. If he is able to get a win over Rawley, it would be a huge boost for the young brawler.
Rawley may not be high up in the NXT rankings, but he is established enough that a newer wrestler getting a victory over him would be a big deal.
The next match will feature two more tag teams locking up for a chance at the NXT tag titles when Sami Zayn and Adam Rose battle Sin Cara and Kalisto.
If you haven't read the spoilers, then this is a hard match to predict. Sin Cara and Kalisto could be seen as valuable assets now that Alberto Del Rio is gone, whereas Zayn and Rose feel like a team that is only together for the sake of the tournament.
Either duo would benefit from a win at this point, but Sin Cara and Kalisto need it more than Rose and Zayn. Sin Cara has been featured very little on WWE television in recent months, and Kalisto has yet to really find his groove.
No matter who wins, this should be an entertaining match with some great high-flying moves and fast-paced action.
In the final bout of the night, Tyson Kidd will be taking on Tyler Breeze. After Kidd got involved in Breeze's title shot last week, Prince Pretty will be looking for some measure of revenge.
The weird thing about this one is that both guys are technically heels, but that rarely matters when you have two wrestlers with as much talent as these two.
Both men are known for being versatile in the ring. Kidd is a bit more technical than Breeze, but both of them are great at utilizing exciting moves at the right time.
A victory over Kidd would not necessarily raise Breeze's stock, nor would a victory over Breeze make a difference for Kidd. All that matters is that this should be an outstanding match.
This is a full week for NXT. With this many bouts scheduled for a one-hour show, it's easy to assume that everyone's time will be minimal, but that may not be the case.
A few of the bouts will likely last less than five minutes, meaning the ones that matter will get the appropriate amount of time (at least, we hope they do).
What are you looking forward to seeing on this week's episode of NXT?
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