Next week’s episode of WWE NXT will be interesting for a few reasons.
They will be putting on their strongest TV show to date and they are expecting to beat AEW Dynamite in the ratings because of two big matches.
The first big match is Adam Cole defending the NXT Championship against Finn Balor. That is the biggest match they can put on TV that can boost ratings for them. The other big match is Shayna Baszler defending the NXT Women’s Championship against Rhea Ripley.
They will air a 30-minute special on the WWE Network on Tuesday to hype the Baszler vs. Ripley match which would lead some to think that a title change is coming, especially since Ripley has been getting a monster push. Triple H and others have praised Ripley as the future face of the brand.
In the latest Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Dave Meltzer that there have been rumors for some time of Baszler moving up to the main roster for a feud with Becky Lynch. The end of the Survivor Series pay-per-view with Lynch putting Baszler through the announcer’s table would certainly make you think that Baszler would be looking for revenge.
For what it’s worth, the rumor I heard was that they wanted Lynch vs. Baszler for WrestleMania if they couldn’t get Ronda Rousey back and Rousey has said that she is in no rush to return. Before that match happens, Lynch is scheduled to take on Asuka at the Royal Rumble with the story being that Lynch has never been able to pin Asuka.
Meltzer noted that Baszler’s move to the main roster has been planned for some time.