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ESPN's Ariel Helwani to appear on WWE NXT TakeOver pre-show


A special guest has been announced for this Sunday's NXT TakeOver: WarGames pre-show.

During tonight's episode of NXT, it was announced that ESPN mixed martial arts reporter Ariel Helwani will be appearing on the TakeOver: WarGames pre-show this Sunday. He'll be appearing with hosts Wade Barrett and Sam Roberts.

Helwani is a longtime professional wrestling fan. He's been with ESPN since departing MMA Fighting in 2018.

The TakeOver pre-show will begin at 6:30 p.m. Eastern time on Sunday, leading into TakeOver starting at 7 p.m. Eastern. In addition to the WWE Network, the pre-show will air on WWE's digital platforms.

Here's the full card for TakeOver: WarGames:

  • WarGames match: Undisputed Era (Adam Cole, Kyle O'Reilly, Roderick Strong & Bobby Fish) vs. Team McAfee (Pat McAfee, Pete Dunne, Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch)
  • WarGames match: Team Shotzi (Shotzi Blackheart, Ember Moon, Rhea Ripley & NXT Women's Champion Io Shirai) vs. Team Candice (Candice LeRae, Dakota Kai, Raquel Gonzalez & Toni Storm)
  • NXT North American Champion Leon Ruff defends his title against Johnny Gargano and Damian Priest in a triple threat match
  • Strap match: Dexter Lumis vs. Cameron Grimes
  • Tommaso Ciampa vs. Timothy Thatcher