The WWE NXT tapings for the episodes that will air January 9, 16 and 23 took place last night at Full Sail University in Orlando. Triple H tweeted a picture from his position as the guy running the show backstage. They were building up to the NXT Takeover Phoenix event on Saturday, January 26, which is one night before the Royal Rumble.
— Triple H (@TripleH) January 4, 2019
That is former ECW and ROH wrestler Steve Corino in the background in case you’re wondering.
I’m not going to post the full spoilers, but you can check them out at WrestlingInc if you want.
Two of the matches at NXT Takeover Phoenix were already set up based on what has happened on NXT shows recently.
NXT Championship: Tommaso Ciampa (c) vs. Aleister Black
NXT Women’s Championship: Shayna Baszler (c) vs. Bianca Belair
Two more matches were added at the tapings yesterday.
NXT North American Championship: Ricochet (c) vs. Johnny Gargano
NXT Tag Team Championships: Undisputed Era (Kyle O’Reilly and Roderick Strong) vs. War Raiders (Rowe and Hanson)
Most NXT Takeover events have five matches, so it looks like the other match will be Adam Cole vs. Velveteen Dream. It’s possible they go with Matt Riddle vs. Kassius Ohno as well and this time they would get more time than the quick match at War Games in November because the rivalry has continued since then.
TJR Thoughts: It looks like a great show again with several outstanding matches coming up. I’m most excited about Ricochet vs. Gargano since they are two of the best and I just know they are going to have an incredible match at Takeover where they are definitely going to get a lot of time.