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Regal to make major announcement on next week's WWE NXT

Following the finish of tonight's Women's Tag Team title match, WWE is hyping that a major announcement will be made on NXT next week.

NXT general manager William Regal said on tonight's show that he'll be making an announcement that will "change the landscape of NXT" next Wednesday. The announcement is related to WWE authority figure Adam Pearce helping Raw's Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler retain their Women's Tag Team titles against NXT's Dakota Kai & Raquel Gonzalez tonight.

After NXT referee Aja Smith was accidentally knocked down when Gonzalez went to hit a big boot on Jax during tonight's title match, Pearce ran out with Raw referee Shawn Bennett as Baszler had Kai in the Kirifuda Clutch. Despite Kai not being the legal person, Bennett called for the bell when she passed out in the Kirifuda Clutch.

Bennett tweeted after the title match: "Tonight I was assigned by WWE Official @ScrapDaddyAP to accompany him to #WWENXT . When @WWENXT referee @RefAjaWWE was incapacitated I was sent to the ring & called the action that was in front of me."

Pearce then responded to Bennett: "I am grateful to have had you at the ready when @RefAjaWWE unfortunately went down. Don’t listen to the vitriol, Shawn. You called the action in front of you and none of us can ask any more than that. Total respect to the four incredible women in that battle! #WWENXT"

There was an angle where Regal and Pearce were shown exchanging words backstage after the finish of the Women's Tag Team title match. Pearce wrote on Twitter: "General Manager @RealKingRegal was/is frustrated and 100% RIGHTFULLY SO. That said, accusatory finger-pointing is misguided. Neither I nor @BennettWWE rendered @RefAjaWWE unable to officiate the end of that incredible bout. Respect to the four women that laid it all on the line!"

Kai & Gonzalez got the Women's Tag Team title shot by winning the inaugural women's Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic.

Here's the updated lineup for next Wednesday's NXT:

  • NXT Champion Finn Balor defends against Adam Cole
  • NXT Women's Champion Io Shirai defends against Toni Storm
  • Xia Li vs. Kayden Carter
  • NXT general manager William Regal makes an announcement that will "change the landscape of NXT"