9/16 WWE NXT Preview: Priest Defends Against Thatcher, Breezango Vs. Imperium

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WWE has shared the following Quick Hits for tonight’s episode of NXT on WWE.com:

  • Damian Priest to put the NXT North American Title on the line against Timothy Thatcher
  • Breezango defend the NXT Tag Team Championship against Imperium
  • Io Shirai to clash with Shotzi Blackheart in non-title match
  • Drake Maverick teams with Killian Dain against Roderick Strong & Bobby Fish

WWE’s full preview can be found HERE; we have included excerpts below:

Damian Priest to put the NXT North American Title on the line against Timothy Thatcher

Timothy Thatcher wanted the first opportunity at Damian Priest’s newly won North American Title, and now he’s got it.

Confronting Priest last month, Thatcher took umbrage with the poor way he believes The Archer of Infamy carries himself as a champion. Last week, he also pointed out what he perceived as flaws in Priest’s game during his latest Thatch-as-Thatch-can class.

But Priest turned in a nearly flawless performance at NXT TakeOver XXX, prevailing over four top NXT Superstars in a Ladder Match to claim the vacant North American Championship.

Can Priest turn aside Thatcher’s challenge, or will his infamy be short-lived?

Breezango defend the NXT Tag Team Championship against Imperium

Breezango’s five-year journey as a team finally led to championship gold last month when they shocked Imperium. But can lightning strike twice for Tyler Breeze & Fandango when they put the NXT Tag Team Championship on the line against the former titleholders?

Breeze & Fandango pulled off the stunner to complete their long road to a title victory. But it wasn’t enough to win Marcel Barthel & Fabian Aichner’s respect. Imperium still see NXT’s most fashionable duo as a disgrace to everything they stand for, and they’ve vowed to make Breezango’s NXT Tag Team Title reign the shortest in history.

Will Breeze & Fandango find a way to prevail, or will it once again be The Age of Imperium on the black-and-gold brand?

Io Shirai to clash with Shotzi Blackheart in non-title match

Io Shirai and Shotzi Blackheart forged a serendipitous alliance last week — that was, until Blackheart laid her eyes on Shirai’s NXT Women’s Championship.

Now she’ll get a chance to prove herself against the best when she goes one-on-one with The Genius of The Sky in a non-title bout.

In her latest encounter with The Robert Stone Brand, Blackheart’s backstage tussle with Aliyah spilled over to Shirai, knocking over the NXT Women’s Champion. That was all the reason Shirai needed to take up arms with Blackheart, and together they wiped out both Aliyah and Stone. But Shirai took exception to Blackheart putting her hands on her title, leading to a tense stare down.

Can Blackheart prove she’s worthy of a potential championship opportunity, or will Shirai give her a painful reminder of the pecking order in the NXT Women’s division?

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