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Three matches added to next week's WWE NXT

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Three matches have been added to the card for next week's NXT episode.

- The NXT Cruiserweight Championship will be on the line as Kushida defends against Santos Escobar in a two-out-of-three falls match on NXT next Tuesday. Kushida became champion by answering Escobar's open challenge three weeks ago and defeating him to win the title.

On last week's NXT, Legado del Fantasma (Escobar, Raul Mendoza & Joaquin Wilde) defeated Kushida & NXT Tag Team Champions MSK (Wes Lee & Nash Carter) in a six-man tag match. That match was set up when MSK saved Kushida from an attack by Legado del Fantasma the previous week. The attack happened after Kushida issued his own open challenge and defeated Oney Lorcan to retain the NXT Cruiserweight Championship.

- NXT Champion Karrion Kross vs. Austin Theory in a non-title match is also set for next Tuesday's NXT. It will be the first time Kross has wrestled since winning the NXT Championship from Finn Balor at TakeOver: Stand & Deliver last month.

Theory and NXT North American Champion Johnny Gargano laid out Kross on NXT tonight. Gargano and Theory tried to meet with NXT general manager William Regal earlier in the show, but they couldn't because Scarlett was in Regal's office when they got there. Gargano called himself the number one champion in NXT. After an interaction between Theory and Scarlett during the segment, Regal later informed Theory that Scarlett made sure that Theory will be facing Kross next week.

Kross cut a promo on tonight's show but was interrupted by a line of potential challengers. Kyle O'Reilly first appeared, followed by Pete Dunne and Balor. After a brawl broke out, Gargano and Theory ambushed Kross when he was the only one left in the ring. Kross tried to fight them off, but Gargano and Theory gave Kross stereo superkicks. Gargano then laid out Kross by hitting him with the North American title belt.

Gargano and Theory were shown leaving the building immediately after laying out Kross.

- Plus, Killian Dain vs. Alexander Wolfe will take place on NXT next Tuesday. Wolfe's Imperium stablemates Marcel Barthel & Fabian Aichner defeated Drake Maverick & Dain on NXT last week. Aichner & Barthel hit the Euro Bomb on Maverick to get the win after Barthel had sent Dain into the ring post.

Going into last week's tag match, Maverick was worried that Dain was going to turn against him and join Imperium. There was a moment during the match where Barthel ordered Wolfe to hit Dain with a steel chair. Wolfe, who was formerly a member of SAnitY with Dain, went to hit Dain with the chair but ultimately couldn't do it. But Wolfe stood in Dain's way when Dain tried to send Barthel into the ring post. That gave Barthel time to reverse the move and lay out Dain instead. 

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

  • NXT Women's Champion Raquel Gonzalez defends against Mercedes Martinez
  • NXT Cruiserweight Champion Kushida defends against Santos Escobar in a two-out-of-three falls match
  • Non-title match: NXT Champion Karrion Kross vs. Austin Theory
  • Killian Dain vs. Alexander Wolfe