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WWE announces Johnny Gargano vs. Roderick Strong for NXT

A new match has been announced for this week's episode of NXT.

NXT general manager tweeted today that Johnny Gargano vs. Roderick Strong is set for NXT this Wednesday: "After the comments made by two of our competitors this past week, I am making it OFFICIAL for tomorrow’s episode of #WWENXT on @USA_Network... Tomorrow night’s episode of @WWENXT will now feature @roderickstrong taking on @JohnnyGargano one-on-one!"

Gargano and Strong both took part in a triple threat qualifying match on last week's NXT to determine the first participant for the North American Championship ladder match at TakeOver XXX. Bronson Reed defeated them to qualify for TakeOver.

Gargano hit the One Final Beat DDT on Strong in the qualifying match and put his arm over Strong to pin him, but Reed hit a splash from the top rope to break it up. Reed then pinned Strong to get the win.

Gargano tweeted after last week's qualifying match: "First Finn blows it against Keith and stops me from becoming Double Champ and now Rick Strong gets squished by some guy named THICC BOI so I'm not in the North American Title Ladder Match?!!!! Triple Threat Matches SUUUUUUUUUUUUCK."

The ladder match for the vacant North American title will feature five wrestlers in total. Finn Balor, Timothy Thatcher, and Dexter Lumis are facing off in a qualifying match on this week's NXT.

There will be a segment on this week's NXT where NXT Champion Keith Lee will respond to Karrion Kross after Kross defeated Dominik Dijakovic in last week's main event. New Robert Stone Brand member Mercedes Martinez will also be in action against Shotzi Blackheart on the episode.