The next NXT TakeOver is getting two stellar main events

Wednesday’s episode of NXT set up the two NXT TakeOver: Back To Brooklyn main events everyone was expecting – but also opened the door for a match that could steal the show. 

After Shinsuke Nakamura beat Wesley Blake, William Regal announced that Nakamura will get a shot at the NXT title against champion Samoa Joe at TakeOver. 

Samoa Joe objected, hilariously arguing that Nakamura wasn’t qualified for a title shot, but Regal threatened to strip Joe of his belt if he refused to face the Japanese superstar. 

After her thrilling debut at Battleground, Bayley returned to NXT and informed Regal that she’s ready to take her contractual rematch with NXT Women’s champion Asuka in Brooklyn, where Bayley won the title in a classic match with Sasha Banks last year. The match wasn’t officially announced yet – Regal set up a contract signing in the coming weeks – but a rematch is happening.

Bret Hart said that he believed Nakamura’s match against Sami Zayn and Asuka and Bayley’s first meeting in Dallas were the best matches of WrestleMania weekend, and either of these co-main events could potentially best what comes the following night on SummerSlam. 

Wednesday also marked the NXT debut of Kota Ibushi – one of the favorites to win the ongoing Cruiserweight Classic. Ibushi is rumored to be engaged with contract talks with WWE to move to the U.S. full-time, but his emergence on weekly WWE program could mean that Cruiserweight Classic participants could play a part at TakeOver: Brooklyn. A Fatal Four-Way between Ibushi, Akira Tozawa, Zack Sabre Jr. and Cedric Alexander? The Barclays Center would explode. The CWC has arguably become WWE’s best program, and it’d be great cross-promotion to highlight a few of the stars on a huge stage like TakeOver.