By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
When NXT takes over the Wells Fargo Center on Saturday, January 27th, it’ll be the first-time the WWE host its third brand at this facility. However, NXT has had events in Pennsylvania before.
This will be the first NXT: TakeOver event of this year. WWE is also planning five events under this umbrella this year.
The next one happens WrestleMania weekend in New Orleans, Louisiana on April 7th, 2018. There is also an event planned on June 16th, 2018 at the Allstate Arena in Chicago, Illinois.
WWE is also planning an NXT: TakeOver event during SummerSlam weekend in the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York on August 18th, 2018. The final NXT: TakeOver event is slated for November 17th, 2018 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.
The first NXT: TakeOver in Philadelphia is expected to feature Andrade “Cien” Almas in a singles match for the NXT Championship against Johnny Gargano. Aleister Black and Adam Cole will also face each other in an Extreme Rules match.
Ember Moon is slated to defend her NXT Women’s Championship against Shayna Baszler. Lars Sullivan is expected to face Killian Dain or possibly Roderick Strong in a singles match.
This show will also have a steel cage match for the NXT Tag Team Championship. The Undisputed Era (Bobby Fish and Kyle O’Reilly) will look to retain their straps against The Authors of Pain (Akam and Rezar).
Their last NXT show in Pennsylvania happened on December 1st, 2017 in Altoona, Pennsylvania at the Jaffa Shrine Center. Angelo Dawkins and Montez Ford began the show with a win over Riddick Moss and Tino Sabbatelli.
Lars Sullivan then defeated No Way José in singles action. Ruby Riott defeated Sonya Deville in another singles match.
The Undisputed Era (Bobby Fish and Kyle O’Reilly) retained their belts in a win over SAnitY (Eric Young and Killian Dain) for the NXT Tag Team Championship. Aleister Black then defeated Chad Lail.
Ember Moon retained her NXT Women’s Championship over Bianca BelAir. Andrade “Cien” Almas also retained his belt in a triple threat match for the NXT Championship over Adam Cole and Roderick Strong.
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