Raquel Gonzalez is set to defend her NXT Women’s Title for the first time when she faces Mercedes Martinez on May 11th.
Gonzalez won the title back at NXT TakeOver: Stand & Deliver defeating long-time champion Io Shirai.
On the April 27th edition of NXT, Mercedes Martinez took on Gonzalez’ partner Dakota Kai. Martinez looked all set to claim victory until the champion jumped into the ring, laying Martinez out with a Big Boot. After the match, Gonzalez continued to beat down her new challenger, slamming her into the Plexiglass at ringside.
The NXT Women’s Title match between the two was confirmed later in the show.
It has also been announced that Shotzi Blackheart and Ember Moon will defend their NXT Women’s Tag Team Titles on May 4th. Blackheart and Moon had been scheduled to face The Robert Stone Brand, but before the match they were attacked by The Way. This led to a match between Blackheart and Moon and The Way being announced for the following week.
Meanwhile it has also been revealed that former NXT Champion Finn Balor will make his return on May 4th. Balor hasn’t been seen in NXT since being defeated by Karrion Kross for the NXT Title at NXT TakeOver: Stand & Deliver.
A Falls Count Anywhere Match between bitter rivals Issiah ‘Swerve’ Scott and Leon Ruff has also been announced.
The latest episode of NXT saw a drop in the ratings from the previous week. 744,000 people tuned in on April 27th, which is down from 841,000 the previous week.