WWE Announces Two Big Matches For Premiere Episode Of NXT On USA Network

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The premiere episode of WWE NXT on the USA Network is getting closer to the point that WWE has announced two matches for the show.

First up is North American Champion Velveteen Dream defending the title against Roderick Strong.

Also, there will be a triple threat number one contender’s match with Mia Yim, Bianca Belair, and Io Shirai. The winner of the match will then be next in line to challenge for Shayna Baszler’s NXT Women’s Championship.

NXT will be airing on the USA Network starting Wednesday, September 18th as it will air live weekly 2-hour shows every Wednesday night.

WWE sent out the following to hype Dream vs. Strong:

It’s official: Roderick Strong not only has Velveteen Dream’s attention, but also an opportunity at Dream’s coveted NXT North American Title.

And all it took was setting the champion’s signature purple couch ablaze.

The Messiah of the Backbreaker resorted to that very extreme tactic on the Sept. 4 edition of NXT, torching the sofa to provoke Dream into granting him his long-awaited one-on-one title bout. The match will take place Wednesday, Sept. 18 – on the night of NXT’s live debut on USA Network.

Strong challenged for the title in a Triple Threat Match at last month’s TakeOver: Toronto. He fell short of unseating Dream as champion, but he didn’t suffer the losing fall, a point that Strong has emphasized ever since.

After Bobby Fish & Kyle O’Reilly’s NXT Tag Team Title win, Strong remains the only member of The Undisputed ERA without a championship. The faction’s bold prophecy that they’d all be draped in gold within the year hinges on Strong dethroning the NXT North American Champion.

Can the vertebrae-smashing Messiah of the Backbreaker bring The Undisputed ERA’s plan to fruition? Or will the resourceful and preternaturally skilled North American Champion retain?

Find out when NXT airs live Wednesday, Sept. 18, at 8/7 CT.