Welcome to Bleacher Report's preview for the September 4 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 final show before NXT Takeover 2, which is the third live special WWE's developmental brand will put on this year.
William Regal was named the new general manager last week, and his first order of business was creating a stellar main event for next week. Adrian Neville will be defending the NXT Championship against Sami Zayn, Tyson Kidd and Tyler Breeze.
Each of the four competitors in that match will have bouts to get them prepared, but there will also be some segments involving the other NXT titles this week.
The first match of the night will see NXT women's champion Charlotte taking on Alexa Bliss. This should be a decent bout, but the outcome seems pretty obvious even if you haven't read the spoilers for the show.
Though Bliss is a talented competitor, it seems very unlikely that she will defeat the champion this close to Charlotte's title defense.
Were she to defeat Charlotte, it would certainly put her in line for a future title shot, but again, this goes against logical booking.
On top of this match, we will also get an appearance from the No. 1 contender for Charlotte's title, Bayley. NXT's resident cheerleader is going to need to get a little more serious if she wants to take down the daughter of The Nature Boy next week.
Adrian Neville will face his biggest challenge to date when he takes on three highly gifted competitors in a Fatal 4-Way match, but each participant has to face someone else this week to get ready.
First up will be Tyler Breeze. Prince Pretty will be taking on Tye Dillinger in the evening's second bout. Despite another obvious conclusion, this should be pretty entertaining.
Some fans may remember Dillinger by his previous ring names Shawn Spears and Gavin Spears. He had a great career on the independent scene, winning over a dozen titles in smaller promotions. He also had a short stint in WWE's version of ECW, but let's just ignore that.
Like Breeze, Dillinger wrestles a very quick and technical style. Regardless of who has his hand raised at the end of the match, this will be fun to watch.
Match three will see Tyson Kidd battle Adam Rose. This will be the only contest of the night to feature not just one but two men who have been on the main roster.
Rose is still popping up on Raw and SmackDown, but it's been a long time since we've seen Kidd outside of NXT. However, Kidd is the one who has the brightest future.
Beating Adam Rose won't be a huge feather in his cap, but it will give him the momentum he needs heading into his title match next week.
The last contender for the NXT title, Sami Zayn, will be battling Marcus Louis in the fourth match of the night.
Again, the outcome seems pretty clear ahead of time. Louis hasn't been wrestling nearly as long as Zayn, but his time as a rugby player definitely gives him the physicality he needs to compete in the ring.
A victory over Zayn would definitely be huge for Louis, but it doesn't seem very likely at this point. There's no telling what the future holds for the Frenchman, but he will have to wait for his breakout moment.
And finally, the NXT champion Adrian Neville will be facing CJ Parker. If the champion were to lose a match right before his title defense to someone who isn't even in the running for a title shot, it would be a big disappointment.
Parker has talent, there's no denying that, but going over Neville seems out of the question. He's still developing his character and needs more time to get over with the crowd.
These four singles matches may very well indicate who will walk away with the NXT title next week, but for now, let's just enjoy the action.
The last few weeks featured several tag teams competing in a tournament to see who will face The Ascension for the NXT Tag Team Championships at Takeover 2.
Thursday will see the two surviving duos battle in the tournament finals when The Vaudevillains go up against Sin Cara and Kalisto.
Assuming you haven't read the results ahead of time, this might be the hardest match of the night to predict because both teams have the potential to be good champions.
The great thing about these guys is that they have completely different skill sets. Cara and Kalisto both wrestle a high-flying style that always excites the crowd, while The Vaudevillains play up their heel personas and take things to the mat.
If you go by the logic of booking babyfaces to take on the heel champions, Sin Cara and Kalisto seem like a shoo-in. If you go by which team has the most experience teaming together, Simon Gotch and Aiden English have the advantage.
Here's where things get interesting. With The Ascension likely being called up to the main roster in the near future, they may be dropping the titles soon. Whichever team wins Thursday could be the next NXT tag team champions.
Any one of these men would benefit greatly from winning the tag titles, but Sin Cara may have the most to gain after going from a major prospect to a glorified jobber.
No matter which team ends up earning the title shot, this should be a fun way to end this week's show. What are you most looking forward to on Thursday's episode of NXT?
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