WWE has made their first match announcement for next week’s episode of NXT.
Leon Ruff & Kushida will team against NXT North American Champion Johnny Gargano & Austin Theory on NXT next Wednesday. It was originally said that Ruff would be teaming with Damian Priest next week, but there was an angle on tonight’s NXT where Priest was attacked by the returning Karrion Kross and put through a table.
Ruff’s North American Championship reign came to an end when Gargano defeated Ruff and Priest in a triple threat match at NXT TakeOver: WarGames this past Sunday. Priest looked to be on the verge of winning near the end of the match, but Theory interfered while wearing a Ghostface costume and hit Priest with a lead pipe. After Gargano pinned Ruff to win the North American Championship, Theory unmasked to reveal that the Ghostface was him.
In a segment on tonight’s NXT, Gargano, Candice LeRae, Indi Hartwell, and Theory celebrated Gargano and LeRae’s wins from TakeOver: WarGames. Priest went to come out to the ring but was attacked by Kross. Priest had insulted Kross earlier in the show by asking Scarlett if she usually tells Kross to wait in the car while she handles his business. Priest told Scarlett that if Kross wanted to come back and pick a fight, all he had to do was step to Priest like a man.
Gargano and Theory later interrupted an interview with Ruff and taunted him, telling him there’s no way Priest will be ready for their match next Wednesday. Gargano challenged Ruff to face them in a handicap match next week. Kushida then came up to Ruff and offered to team with him in next week’s match.