WWE has made a couple of announcements for this week's episode of NXT.
NXT general manager William Regal tweeted tonight that NXT Champion Keith Lee will make an appearance on this Wednesday's show and respond to Karrion Kross' actions from last week. Regal also announced that new Robert Stone brand member Mercedes Martinez will be in action against Shotzi Blackheart on the episode.
The build to an eventual Lee vs. Kross NXT title match continued when Kross defeated Dominik Dijakovic in last week's main event. The finish of the match was Lee watching on as Kross locked Dijakovic in the Kross Jacket. Prior to that, Kross put Dijakovic's head between the ring and the steel steps and then kicked the steps into Dijakovic's head. Lee came out to ringside as Kross was hitting strikes on a defenseless Dijakovic, but Dijakovic pleaded with him not to stop the match.
Lee checked on Dijakovic after last week's main event and had a staredown with Kross.
There was a segment three weeks ago where Blackheart declined to join the Robert Stone Brand and then ran over Stone's ankle with her mini tank. Blackheart defeated Robert Stone Brand member Aliyah on NXT last week. She ran over Stone's ankle again after the match, but Martinez then attacked her.
Martinez was officially confirmed as the newest member of the Robert Stone Brand later in last week's show. She told Stone that she needs someone who can handle everything outside of the ring so she can focus on hurting people inside of it.
A triple threat match between Finn Balor, Timothy Thatcher, and Dexter Lumis is also set for this week's NXT. The winner will qualify for the five-man ladder match for the vacant NXT North American Championship at TakeOver XXX. Bronson Reed has already qualified for the ladder match.
TakeOver XXX is taking place on Saturday, August 22.