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Blackheart vs. LeRae, Gargano vs. Lumis added to WWE NXT

Two new matches have been added to the lineup for tonight's episode of NXT.

WWE has announced that Shotzi Blackheart vs. Candice LeRae will take place on NXT tonight. NXT North American Champion Johnny Gargano (w/ Austin Theory) will also face Dexter Lumis in a non-title match on tonight's show.

Lumis was the host of NXT New Year's Evil last Wednesday. After Blackheart and Kushida interrupted a celebration for Gargano breaking his title defense curse, Lumis made a mixed tag team match where Kushida & Blackheart defeated Gargano & LeRae.

Gargano broke his title defense curse by retaining the North American Championship against Leon Ruff on NXT two weeks ago.

Blackheart and LeRae were the captains for the women's WarGames match at NXT TakeOver: WarGames last month. LeRae, Dakota Kai, Raquel Gonzalez & Toni Storm defeated Blackheart, Ember Moon, Rhea Ripley & NXT Women's Champion Io Shirai.

Here's the updated list of announced matches for tonight's NXT:

  • Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic first round match: Undisputed Era (Adam Cole & Roderick Strong vs. Breezango (Tyler Breeze & Fandango)
  • Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic first round match: Ever-Rise (Chase Parker & Matt Martel) vs. The Grizzled Young Veterans (Zack Gibson & James Drake)
  • Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic first round match: Isaiah "Swerve" Scott & Jake Atlas vs. MSK
  • Shotzi Blackheart vs. Candice LeRae
  • Non-title match: NXT North American Champion Johnny Gargano (w/ Austin Theory) vs. Dexter Lumis

MSK is a new tag team debuting in the Dusty Classic. WWE hasn't revealed who MSK are.

The full bracket for 2021 men's Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic was announced earlier today.