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William Regal Remembers Scrapped Feud With Kurt Angle In 2001

Professional wrestling legend and former four times WWE European champion William Regal who is also a former two times WWE Intercontinental Champion recently revealed that he was scheduled to have a few with Kurt Angle back in 2001 but it was scrapped due to an injury he picked it up in that time.

William Regal started his professional wrestling career back in 1983 at a very young age of 15. He was another talent was discovered by WCW back in the early 90s. Regal is considered as one of the most underrated professional wrestlers in history of professional wrestling.

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William Regal Remembers Scrapped Feud With Kurt Angle In 2001

In WCW he has mostly been treated as a mid card, he won the WCW world television Championship four times in total. In the late 90s and early 2000s, he successfully transitioned to WWE where he was also treated as a mid card. In WWE he won the WWE Intercontinental Championship 2 times and the WWE European championship 4 times in total. He won other championships as well.

He became more famous as an on screen authority figure than a wrestler in WWE. Recently had been playing the role of the on screen general manager of NXT and fans really loved him in this role. But she had been released from WWE recently, and currently he is working on the new professional wrestling promotion AEW.

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William Regal. Image Credits: Twitter

William Regal who is also a former two times WWE Intercontinental Champion recently spoke on Talk Is Jericho where he revealed that he was scheduled to have a few with Kurt Angle back in 2001 but it was scrapped due to an injury he picked it up in that time. He said;

“I knew that my neck wasn’t right, not long before that, I tore my pec in my other bicep, which I never got fixed. I had one torn bicep from 2001…it was two weeks after 9/11. It was the only time I wrestled a singles match with Kurt Angle. We were supposed to go into a program together and it was the first match we did.

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William Regal. Image Credits: Twitter

“I did the thing outside the ring where I would grab somebody by the trunks and neck and throw them against the bottom rope so they’d spring towards me and I’d nail them. As I did that, the right bicep just went ‘ping.’ I got through that match and that gave me two or three weeks off, but I wouldn’t get it fixed. Kurt had moved on.

“We got back from Europe at some point, I was on Raw in a battle royal and it was Cody Rhodes and Ted Dibiase. I had to knock them both out. I never clotheslined people, but I clotheslined both of them out and felt my left pec and left bicep rip.”

H/T and transcribed by Fightful

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William Regal Makes Comment On The Rebranding Of NXT

Professional wrestling legend and former four times WWE European champion William Regal who is also a former two times WWE Intercontinental Champion recently expressed his opinion on the rebranding of the NXT.

The NXT is in existence for over a decade. Started back in 2010 and at first it was more of a talent hunt competition similar to the WWE Tough Enough competition. But from 2012 the format was changed and it has been started to be used as a development Territory of WWE.

William Regal
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William Regal Makes Comment On The Rebranding Of NXT

Previously WWE different development territory which was known the Florida Championship Wrestling. After founding the NXT, WWE stopped the Florida Championship Wrestling.

Slowly NXT started to gain popularity among the fans and it slowly became one of the major shows of WWE. At a point it has been treated as the third brand of WWE and not a development territory.

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Some of the biggest names of professional wrestling competed in the NXT, such as the likes of Shinsuke Nakamura, Adam Cole, Bobby Roode, Samoa Joe, Finn Balor and many more. It has also created some of the biggest names in professional wrestling today such as Seth Rollins, Big E, Roman Reigns and many others.

But after WWE started to receive competition from the newly founded professional wrestling promotion the All Elite Wrestling, WWE decided to revamp the show and started new product for the promotion calling it NXT 2.0. It is mainly focusing on having the trainees from the performance centre ready for the main roster. A lot of wrestlers have shown really good potential. It is going quite well right now.

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William Regal. Image Credits: Twitter

William Regal who is also a former two times WWE Intercontinental Champion recently spoke on Talk Is Jericho where he expressed his opinion on the rebranding of the NXT. He said;

“I was the first person, as far as I know, that (Triple H) pulled in and said, ‘Right, what’s your vision for this?’

“We did what we did and it was a great thing for a lot of people. A great success, and I have no ill will at all, I’m really happy. Because it needed some kind of change, because things have changed. This place (AEW) had come along and different things, so it needed (a change)… and so, that went on.”

H/T to WrestleTalk for the transcription

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AEW Dynamite: Ex WWE Champions Form Tag Team; NXT Legend To Return To Action?

This week’s AEW Dynamite witnessed two former top superstars in the WWE, teaming up to secure a win and thereby setting up a probable match for another former veteran name from the WWE NXT division.

As seen on this past AEW Revolution 2022 pay-per-view, William Regal made his debut in All Elite Wrestling. He stopped a brawl between Jon Moxley (fka Dean Ambrose in WWE) and Bryan Danielson (fka Daniel Bryan in WWE) by slapping them into the face. He also initiated a shaking of hands for the two former WWE Champions to cause a tag team action on this week’s AEW Dynamite.

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As seen during that match on AEW Dynamite, Moxley and Bryan Danielson def. The Workhorsemen with authority after which Regal barely resisted tears and said that 29 years ago Tony Schiavone helped him in more ways than he can imagine. Then 20 years ago, he met Bryan, a perfect wrestler. Regal then met Moxley 11 years ago and called him the perfect sadist.

Regal then sent a warning to the rest of the AEW Tag Team Division to step up or else they will be stepped on AEW Dynamite. Regal also mentioned his history with Bryan and Moxley, who is a Tag Team, possibly going after the tag titles.

AEW Dynamite: William Regal to make an in-ring return?

As for Regal, he was first added to the “Coaches” section on AEW’s website, but now he has been shifted to the active roster on AEW Dynamite. AEW did the same with Sting when the WWE Hall of Famer debuted in 2020 and he still wrestles for the company. Time will tell whether Regal is being considered to in-ring competition on AEW Dynamite.

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Meanwhile, prior to AEW Dynamite, AEW President Tony Khan had the following to say about bringing in a veteran talent like Regal to his company,

“I think he can contribute on-screen in a major way to Danielson and he has a history with Jon Moxley. Some of the last matches we saw Regal wrestle were against Moxley and they had a great rivalry.

Also, behind the scenes, I think Regal can teach all of us a lot and it’s great to have him here, on-screen and off-screen.

It came together very recently and he fits very well with what we’re doing.” (quotes courtesy WWFOldSchool)

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Kyle O’Reilly Reveals An Interesting Conversation With William Regal

Former three times NXT Tag Team Champion Kyle O’Reilly who currently works in the All Elite Wrestling recently talked about a conversation with William Regal who really wanted to have a match against professional wrestling legend and two times WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair.

Kyle O’Reilly started his professional wrestling career back in 2005 in Canada. He wrestled all over the independent circuit. She has been a household name in the Ring of Honor where he wrestled for eight long years.

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Kyle O’Reilly Reveals An Interesting Conversation With William Regal

In 2017 he left the Ring Of Honor and joined WWE. He started his career in the NXT as a member of the famous NXT stable the Undisputed Era led by Adam Cole. Like the rest of the members of the Undisputed Era, O’Reilly was really loved by the fans.

Earlier this year, the fan favourite stable has been disbanded and all the wrestlers involved in the stable started moving solo. Like the others, O’Reilly is also having a singles run right now. He could not win the NXT Championship even though it looked like WWE is considering him as a Contender.

Kyle O'Reilly
Kyle O’Reilly. Image Credits: Twitter

WWE did not extend his contract and he was let go by the promotion latter last year and much like most of the released WWE stars he went on to join AEW. He rejoined with his former partners Adam Cole and Bobby Fish in AEW.

Kyle O’Reilly who currently works in the All Elite Wrestling recently spoke to Sessions with host Renee Paquette where he talked about a conversation with William Regal who really wanted to have a match against former sixteen times World Champion Ric Flair. He said;

Kyle O'Reilly
Kyle O’Reilly. Image Credits: Twitter

“I don’t want to get too much into this. It’s kind of a private conversation that I had with [William] Regal before leaving NXT. I’d mentioned this to him, like, I don’t want to seem like a guy that just wants to go somewhere to wrestle a guy, but he was like, ‘No, I get it. When I left Britain, I wanted to wrestle Ric Flair, but he was in WWF, at the time, and I came to WCW. Then, he came to WCW, and I got to wrestle Ric Flair.’ I hope he doesn’t mind me sharing that.”

H/T and transcribed by Fightful

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Triple H Bummed Out With Recent WWE NXT Releases

A list of WWE NXT and WWE Performance Center staff were released, this week who were several longtime employees of the company. Since these names were integral parts of WWE’s third brand, the releases came as a major shocker for the WWE Universe as well as some of the insiders of the company.

WWE Hall of Famer “Road Dogg” Brian James was the first name revealed, along with Sarah Cummins who was working as the Senior Vice President of Consumer Products. Along with these two, long-time WWE NXT General Manager William Regal, Dave Kapoor, Ryan Katz, Scott Armstrong, George Carroll, and Christopher Guy were also released.

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Fightful already reported on how these talents and staff releases familiar with the Performance Center and WWE NXT were done directly to remove numerous Triple H hires from the company. Then on his latest PWTorch Podcast, Wade Keller discussed the latest round of releases from the WWE to emphasize NXT 2.0’s current transition from the Triple H-era of the brand.

Triple H hoped his WWE NXT team to get shifted to Raw

Keller mentioned how Triple H “was building his team” which he eventually wanted to carry forward to the main roster, if and when the time will come for him to be the main name for running RAW and SmackDown.

“I’ve talked with people who had said Triple H was building his team that he would bring with him to the main roster,” Keller said. “And if his day came to run the main roster he wanted his group of people. At some point, it was thought that it would include William Regal and Gabe Sapolsky and Road Dogg and they’re gone.”

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Keller continued about Triple H’s reaction to these recent cuts which were specific people hired by him. While nothing explicit was stated, it was noted that the legend is upset about the ongoing over on WWE NXT.

“NXT just isn’t what it once was,” Keller said. “I’ve heard just a little about Triple H’s reaction to all of this and nothing super reportable other than it sounds like he’s bummed out.” (quotes courtesy Wrestling News)

Triple H appeared on NBC’s Nightly News to discuss WWE’s groundbreaking NIL program but he’s not commented on the recent cuts from WWE NXT. The pro wrestling legend had undergone a recent successful surgery after suffering a cardiac event last September and he’s yet to be back in the WWE for his backstage duties.

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WWE NXT: Veteran Willam Regal And Road Dogg Released From Contract

The shocking spree of releases continued on WWE NXT as a few veteran names were released from the company, last night. WWE issued a statement said due to NXT 2.0 changes, several producers, writers, and coaches were being released,

“With the continued evolution of NXT 2.0, we’ve decided to part ways with some of the staff based in our Performance Center. We thank them for their many contributions throughout the years and wish them the best.”

WWE Hall of Famer “Road Dogg” Brian James was the first name revealed, along with Sarah Cummins, who was working as the Senior Vice President of Consumer Products.

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Sooner, long-time WWE NXT general manager William Regal, Dave Kapoor, Ryan Katz, Scott Armstrong, George Carroll, and Christopher Guy were released. Additionally, some of the performers from the WWE’s third brand, Hachiman, Timothy Thatcher, Danny Burch, and Cathy Corino were also released.

It was pretty shocking to see Regal leaving the company who has been an important name for the WWE NXT brand. He had been working as WWE’s Director of Talent Development and Head of Global Recruiting, being the main talent scout for the company for a long time. He also worked on TV as the NXT General Manager until the 2021 fall. Moreover, this departure put an end to Regal’s connection with the WWE which lasted for over two decades.

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William Regal was a key name from WWE NXT

In an update, Fightful Select reports these latest Performance Center and WWE NXT releases were done directly to remove numerous Triple H hires from the company, possibly to remove his team during his recent absence. The release of Cathy Corino (Allison Danger), who was hired back in October is the only exception.

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Another big release is Brian James aka Road Dogg who began working behind-the-scenes on the WWE creative team back in 2014. He was later promoted to be the lead SmackDown writer/producer in 2016 since resigning as SmackDown head writer following WrestleMania 35 in 2019. But after that, he began working with talents on their promos and character development in NXT. He also acted as a producer for the WWE NXT brand.

Following the release, James provided an update on Facebook on his condition,

“Guys, I’m doing well and I thank you for all the love. I’m gonna take a few days for my self and process this. God is still on the throne and will provide. It’s just business!”

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Booker T On His Real Life Fight With William Regal

Two times WWE Hall of Famer Booker T who is a former five time WCW World Heavyweight champion and a former WWE World Heavyweight Champion recently looked back at getting into a real life fight with William Regal.

Booker T is considered to be one of the most successful wrestlers who came to WWE during the Invasion era. He won two World Titles, three United States Titles, one IC title, one King of the Ring and many other accomplishments including a two time WWE Hall of Fame.

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Booker T On His Real Life Fight With William Regal

His gimmick change in 2006 was quite memorable as well. After winning King of the Ring, he changed his gimmick to King Booker; a heel king-like gimmick, and it was loved by the fans a lot.

Among the other wrestlers who came out during the Invasion Era, only Rob Van Dam won the World Championship. Goldberg cannot be counted because he did not come during Invasion time period.

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Booker T. Image Credits: Twitter

So Booker T is undoubtedly one of the most successful athletes from the Invasion era and he was one of the most famous as well. We hope to see him more regularly in WWE. His presence is very much enjoyed by the fans.

Booker T who is a former five time WCW World Heavyweight champion recently spoke on the Notsam Wrestling podcast where he looked back at getting into a real life fight with William Regal. He said;

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“The first time I met Regal, we almost got into a fight. I’ll tell you, I remember it so vividly. It was at the Main Event Gym. Sting and Lex Luger had a gym in Marietta. My brother and I walk in with Sid Vicious, and Regal is walking out the door. I looked at Regal and he looked at me, and it looked like we wanted to kill each other. From that point on, we really didn’t have a great relationship or anything.

“We weren’t friends. We weren’t pals, buddies, or anything like that. Then all of a sudden, I’m King Booker and we’re working together, and we had one of the greatest runs ever as far as King of the Ring goes. He’s a good friend of mine now. But that’s what it was. It was different back then from the way it is now. We weren’t friends or anything like that back then. We were in competition. We were trying to be the best wrestler on the card.”

H/T to WrestlingNews.co for the transcription

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WWE NXT Results (07/09/21): Tag Team Championship Matches; In-Ring Debuts

This week’s WWE NXT marks the last episode of the current black and gold era since it will be airing with a revamp from next week onwards and in a live format. Both the men and women’s tag team titles were on the line on the show which also had a big announcement regarding the NXT Championship. Check out the results from the show that took place at the Capitol Wrestling Center in Orlando, Florida.

– Kay Lee Ray defeated Ember Moon in the first match of WWE NXT. Moon connected with a big sitdown powerbomb but Ray kicked out of the move. Ray got back to her feet and hit her Gory Bomb finisher to secure the win.

– Candice LeRae threw a Bachelorette Party for Indi Hartwell. LeRae donned spy gear as she wanted to keep her eyes on Dexter Lumis Bachelorette party, as well.

– Santos Escobar defeated Carmelo Hayes in a singles contest with all the Legado Del Fantasma faction members standing at ringside. Wilde and Mendoza distracted the referee, allowing Lopez to hit Hayes and slam him on the bottom of the ramp. The referee counted as Hayes rolled back to the ring at the count of 7. Escobar waited for him and delivered the Phantom Driver for the pin to win.

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– Creed Brothers defeated Chuck Viola and Paxon Averil in their first match on WWE NXT. After dominating the matchup, Creed Brothers hit a Super Collider and more big power moves. Julius delivers a big double slam and a clothesline to get the win. The other members of the Diamond Mine faction joined the winners in the ring to stand tall.

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– WWE NXT General Manager William Regal announced a Fatal-4-Way Match for next week to determine the new Number-one Contender for the NXT Championship with the lineup being, Pete Dunne vs. Tommaso Ciampa vs. LA Knight vs. Kyle O’Reilly

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– Io Shirai and Zoey Stark (c) defeated Kacy Catanzaro and Kayden Carter to retain WWE NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships. Stark blocked Catanzaro with a big right hand and then hit a sliding kick. Stark with the big knee to the face after which Shirai tagged in and delivered her big moonsault on Catanzaro for the pin to retain. After the match, Mandy Rose, Gigi Dolin, and Jacey Jane attacked Kacy and Kayden on the ramp. Rose was wearing a protective face mask from last week’s attack by Sarray.

– Cameron Grimes throw a Bachelor Party for Dexter Lumis. The segment ended with a group hug as the commentators hyped up the big InDex wedding for next week.

– Mei Ying defeated Virginia Ferry in her in-ring debut. Ying delivered two cartwheel kicks on her opponent before grabbing her by the throat. She took her down to get the pinfall win.

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– MSK (c) defeated Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch to retain WWE NXT Tag Team Championships in the main event. Carter broke a Crossface by sending Lorcan into Burch. Carter hit a superkick on Burch while Lee tagged in and hit the double team finisher to Lorcan from the corner for the pin to win. After the match, Pete Dunne and Ridge Holland turned on Oney and Danny and beat them down. Holland and Dunne stood tall as the fans booed him to send the show off-air.

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WWE NXT Title Tuesday Announced Before TakeOver 36

A “Title Tuesday” episode of WWE NXT has been announced for next Wednesday’s episode on the USA Network which will be the final episode before TakeOver 36 on Sunday, August 22.

NXT General Manager William Regal has announced both the title matches for next Tuesday where in the first match, WWE NXT Tag Team Champions MSK – Wes Lee and Nash Carter will defend against Imperium’s Marcel Barthel and Fabian Aichner. In the other match, NXT Cruiserweight Champion Kushida will defend against Roderick Strong of The Diamond Mine.

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MSK and Imperium members have feuded for several weeks now while last week MSK interrupted a vignette by Imperium, mocking their gimmick and claiming that they brought new life to the NXT tag team division.

This week’s NXT show also featured a segment to set up Strong vs. Kushida. Last week, Kushida declared that Strong was due for a title shot after he was impressed by Strong’s win over Bobby Fish. This week, the Diamond Mine faction manager Malcolm Bivens left Regal’s office after talking to him about setting up the match for next Tuesday.

WWE NXT Breakout Tournament second semi-finale set for next week

The next WWE NXT episode will also feature Carmelo Hayes vs. Duke Hudson in a semi-finals match for the 2021 NXT Breakout Tournament. The winner of this match will be the other finalist with Odyssey Jones. This week’s semi-final match saw Jones defeat Trey Baxter to advance to the finale match.

It was also announced that next Tuesday’s WWE NXT episode, the TakeOver 36 go-home show, will also feature Samoa Joe and NXT Champion Karrion Kross facing off in the ring before they compete at TakeOver for the NXT Title.

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It looks like Timothy Thatcher vs. Ridge Holland will also take place next Tuesday on NXT but that’s wasn’t officially announced for the card.

As mentioned, the next episode of WWE NXT will be the final edition before TakeOver 36. As of now, the card for the August 18 show is shaping up to be as given below,

* Final builds for TakeOver 36

* NXT Tag Team Champions MSK defend against Imperium

* NXT Cruiserweight Champion Kushida defends against Roderick Strong

* Samoa Joe and NXT Champion Karrion Kross face off in the ring

* NXT Breakout Tournament Semi-final match: Carmelo Hayes vs. Duke Hudson. The winner will face Odyssey Jones in the final

* Timothy Thatcher vs. Ridge Holland

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WWE NXT TakeOver 36: Title Match Set; Next Challenger Indicated

Samoa Joe is set to compete against Karrion Kross for the NXT Championship at WWE NXT TakeOver 36 on August 22, as first reported by Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer Newsletter. The current storyline from NXT also suggests the same as they have been involved in a heated angle. Kross choked Joe last week while this week, he attacked the general manager William Regal.

This week, Samoa Joe wanted to become a performer once again. Regal signed the paper and Joe became a wrestler. Joe then requested that Regal should book him against Kross for the NXT Championship at WWE NXT TakeOver 36. Regal made it official and hence WWE is also officially advertising the match on their website.

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That being said, Samoa Joe has been provoked enough who will compete in his first wrestling match in over a year at WWE NXT TakeOver 36. His last match took place on a February 10, 2020, episode of Monday Night Raw where he teamed up with Kevin Owens and The Viking Raiders for a loss to Seth Rollins, the Authors Of Pain – Akam and Rezar, and Murphy.

Afterward, a number of reasons have kept him, out of action, since then. He had suffered a concussion while doing a suicide dive on a January 27, 2020 episode of Raw. He would be cleared to compete to action the following week, but then he would suffer another concussion while filming a commercial for Raw in early February which ruled him out of competition.

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Samoa Joe returning to action at WWE NXT TakeOver 36

Joe was then suspended in late February following his first violation of WWE’s Wellness Policy although no details were provided on the same. He would then go on to work on Raw commentary starting from April of last year, until his release, earlier this year in April. By the looks of it, Joe is now cleared to compete who is cleared to compete at WWE NXT TakeOver 36.

Joe previously revealed that immediately after his initial WWE release, he spoke with Triple H about a potential return to the company on the NXT brand where he would be valued. Reports also claimed that employees and NXT officials made a strong internal push to have Joe brought back to the company as he would now be heading to WWE NXT TakeOver 36.

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In more news from the PPV event to be produced by NXT during the SummerSlam weekend, the next NXT Women’s Championship was also set up during the July 23 episode. The reigning champion Raquel Gonzalez has reportedly found her next opponent in her own tag team partner Dakota Kai who will reportedly collide at WWE NXT TakeOver 36.

During this week’s TV tapings, Dakota Kai and Raquel Gonzalez were in the ring when the latter asked if anyone would challenge her for her title. Suddenly, Kai turned on Raquel by kicking her, and then she held the NXT Women’s Title over her head. If the angle continues to unfold, next week then Raquel Gonzalez vs. Dakota Kai should be the next title match lineup for WWE NXT TakeOver 36.

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