WWE NXT Preview (1/15): Ripley's Next Challenger To Be Decided, Dusty Classic Continues

WWE |By Matt Boone |Wed, January 15, 2020 - 10:48AM EST
NXT On USA Preview For Tonight (1/15/2020)

WWE returns to Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida tonight for this week's episode of NXT On USA.

On tap for this week's show is the latest happenings in the Dusty Rhodes Tag-Team Classic Tournament and a Battle Royal to determine the next contender for NXT Women's Champion Rhea Ripley.

WWE.com released the following preview for tonight's show:

WWE NXT preview, Jan. 15, 2020: Battle Royal to determine Ripley’s next challenger

The No. 1 Contender to Rhea Ripley’s NXT Women’s Championship will be named tonight in a Battle Royal. The Nightmare found out last week that she has no shortage of potential challengers, as Superstar after Superstar arrived, ready to call her out. Who will outlast the competition and earn a championship opportunity? Find out tonight on NXT, live at 8/7 C on USA Network!

Matt Riddle & Pete Dunne face Mark Andrews & Flash Morgan Webster in the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic

It will be a style clash tonight on NXT when hard hitters Matt Riddle & Pete Dunne join forces to take on the high-flying duo of Mark Andrews & Flash Morgan Webster in the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic.

Riddle & Dunne are a wild card in the tournament, having never teamed before, but Riddle seemed sure that “The BroserWeights” are united heading into their battle.

They’ll face Andrews & Webster, who became the first Welsh champions in WWE history by capturing the NXT UK Tag Team Titles in their home country at TakeOver: Cardiff. The Welshmen will be looking to make the most of their trip across the pond, but are coming out of a brutal Ladder Match at NXT UK TakeOver: Blackpool II. Will they be worse for wear?

Will Riddle & Dunne show a united front or will it be high fives and stage dives for Andrews & Webster?

Kushida & Alex Shelley battle Grizzled Young Veterans in the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic

The Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic continues tonight on USA Network, with the team of Kushida & Alex Shelley reuniting to battle NXT UK’s Grizzled Young Veterans.

Kushida & Shelley are no strangers to each other as longtime friends and tag team partners. The two were standouts in Japan, capturing the IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Tag Team Titles on two occasions.

But Grizzled Young Veterans are no slouches either. Zack Gibson & James Drake are the inaugural NXT UK Tag Team Champions and held onto the titles for a solid portion of 2019. Now, they’re looking to make their mark in the Dusty Classic and have a chance to do just that in a marquee first-round battle. However, Gibson & Drake are days removed from a vicious Ladder Match at NXT UK Takeover: Blackpool II that has left them with plenty of bumps and bruises.

Will Kushida & Shelley show they haven’t lost a step or will Grizzled Young Veterans spoil their reunion?

Battle Royal to determine NXT Women’s Champion Rhea Ripley’s challenger next Wednesday

NXT Women’s Champion Rhea Ripley’s TakeOver: Portland challenger will be determined tonight in a Battle Royal on USA Network.

Ripley got a taste of just how long the line may be for a chance at her title this week, when Toni Storm, NXT UK Women’s Champion Kay Lee Ray, Bianca Belair, Io Shirai and even her friend Candice LeRae staked their claim to a title opportunity.

The Battle Royal will include Bianca Belair, Candice LeRae, Chelsea Green, Dakota Kai, Vanessa Borne, Kayden Carter, Mia Yim, Santana Garrett, Io Shirai, Shotzi Blackheart and Xia Li. Also, new WWE Performance Center recruit and 2017 Mae Young Classic semifinalist Mercedes Martinez will join the fray, as first reported on WWE Backstage.

Who will stand tall at the end and earn the right to challenge The Nightmare on Feb. 16 in Portland?

What will be the fallout of Undisputed ERA’s surprise NXT UK takeover?

NXT UK TakeOver: Blackpool II came to a shocking conclusion on Sunday, as The Undisputed ERA launched the first salvo in the battle of brands set to culminate at Worlds Collide on Jan. 25.

NXT Champion Adam Cole, NXT North American Champion Roderick Strong and NXT Tag Team Champions Kyle O’Reilly & Bobby Fish set their sights on WWE United Kingdom Champion WALTER and Imperium, catching The Ring General and his soldiers by surprise with a vicious assault in the Empress Ballroom. With just under two weeks left until the two factions clash in an 8-Man Tag Team Match at Worlds Collide, what will be the fallout of this brutal attack? Find out on WWE NXT, live this Wednesday at 8/7 C on USA Network!

Make sure to join us here at eWrestling.com this evening for LIVE NXT On USA Results coverage!

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