WWE NXT Preview (12/21/16): Five Things To Watch For

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Last week’s NXT featured five matches, all centered around the NXT title picture. NXT Champion Shinsuke Nakamura took on Samoa Joe in a steel cage from an NXT live event in Australia, while the winners of the remaining four matches would move onto a Fatal Four Way #1 Contender’s match. The Fatal Four Way match is happening this week, with Bobby Roode, Roderick Strong, Andrade Almas, and Tye Dillinger fighting for a chance to take on Nakamura for the title at TakeOver San Antonio. Also on this week’s show, Daria Berenato looks to get some revenge on one half of the Australian Assassins, Billie Kay.

I like the idea of naming your number one contender for the NXT title this far in advance of the next TakeOver, as it will allow the remaining weekly NXTs to focus on the tag team and women’s divisions, plus any other secondary feuds they have planned for the live special. Here are the five things I’m looking forward to on tonight’s show.

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5. #1 Contender’s Match

The focal point of this week’s show will be the #1 Contender’s match for Nakamura’s NXT Title. All four of these guys won their respective matches last week, but I can really only see two of them winning this match (I peek at the tapings results here and there, but I’ve avoided the outcome of this match so far).

Roderick Strong has only had two matches in NXT, so he’s not going to be main eventing a TakeOver with Nakamura anytime soon. Almas is rapidly improving since his heel turn, but the turn itself is still progressing, so it wouldn’t make sense to throw him into a title match either.

That leaves Bobby Roode and Tye Dillinger.

While it would be great to see Dillinger get revenge on Roode and become the number on contender at the same time, that’s not usually how characters like his work. The more adversity, the easier it is to root for Dillinger, so I think he’s in for more heartbreak in this match.

Roode made the most sense of the original eight people in this scenario, and he makes even more sense now that it’s down to these four. No matter the outcome, this match should get a ton of time, and I expect it to deliver.