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Mercedes Martinez set for NXT number one contender's battle royal


After being confirmed as one of the newest WWE Performance Center signees, it won't take long for Mercedes Martinez to appear on NXT television.

It was announced during Tuesday's WWE Backstage that Martinez will be one of the entrants in the number one contender's battle royal on this week's NXT. The winner will challenge for the NXT Women's Championship at TakeOver: Portland on Sunday, February 16.

Bianca Belair, Candice LeRae, Chelsea Green, Dakota Kai, Vanessa Borne, Kayden Carter, Mia Yim, Santana Garrett, Io Shirai, Shotzi Blackheart, and Xia Li are also advertised for the battle royal.

NXT Women's Champion Rhea Ripley will have a title defense before TakeOver: Portland. Toni Storm is challenging for the title at Worlds Collide on Saturday, January 25.

WWE confirmed on Tuesday that Martinez, Jake Atlas, "Titan Games" competitor Emily Andzulis, former NFL defensive lineman Anthony Francis, acrobat Sidney Bateman, and former college basketball player Zechariah Smith have signed with the company.

The first round of the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic will also conclude on this week's NXT. Kushida & Alex Shelley will face The Grizzled Young Veterans (Zack Gibson & James Drake), and Matt Riddle & Pete Dunne will take on Mark Andrews & Flash Morgan Webster.