NXT Preview (7/22): Karrion Kross vs. Dominik Dijakovic, Regal's Huge Announcement & more


-- Here is the preview as it stands now for tonight's NXT show on USA:

Dominik Dijakovic takes on Karrion Kross

Karrion Kross clearly has his sights set on new NXT Champion and North American Champion Keith Lee, but count Dominik Dijakovic among those who think not even Kross can stop Lee.

That perspective led to a heated exchange last week, which will spill into the ring this week.

After Dijakovic suffered a hard-fought loss to Lee and shared his belief that Kross could not defeat Lee, Kross confronted Dijakovic in the backstage area and launched him over a barricade. The Rare Breed was momentarily unresponsive after suffering undisclosed injuries.

That was only a taste of the doom Kross is capable of inflicting, though Dijakovic represents one of his toughest challenges since his arrival in NXT. However, it’s a test Kross certainly must conquer if he’s to get the title opportunity against Lee that he appears to covet.

William Regal to make huge announcement

NXT General Manager William Regal is set to make a huge announcement tonight on NXT.

What will Regal have to say? And what effects will his announcement have on the NXT Universe?

Be sure to tune in to USA Network at 8/7 C to find out!

Shotzi Blackheart seeks retribution against Aliyah

Shotzi Blackheart won’t be lacking for motivation when she faces Aliyah tonight on NXT, as first announced on WWE’s The Bump. Meanwhile, Aliyah will be looking to prove that Blackheart made the wrong choice by rejecting The Robert Stone Brand.

Blackheart emphatically spurned Stone’s recruitment earlier this month, rejecting the offer unequivocally when she ran over Stone with her tank.

But the fan favorite’s decision was not without consequence. Stone fired back when he and Aliyah caused Blackheart to suffer a shocking upset loss against Indi Hartwell last week.

What will happen when they step in the ring one-on-one, and what role might Stone play?

Dexter Lumis goes one-on-one with Killian Dain

Dexter Lumis and Killian Dain are set to go one-on-one, and it all started with a spilt coffee.

Love him or loathe him, the NXT Universe can thank Robert Stone for setting into motion the events that led to this matchup. During his failed recruitment of Shotzi Blackheart, Stone unknowingly tossed his coffee directly into Dain, whose incensed response led to Stone being run over by Blackheart’s tank.

Stone ran into Dain again last week, though this time, a drawing of that incident by Lumis drew Dain’s ire, and he demanded Stone get him a match against Lumis.

Now that Stone delivered, what will happen when two of NXT’s most intense competitors square off?