NXT aired a mysterious warning on last night’s broadcast, teasing the return of a superstar at the upcoming TakeOver XXXI on October 4.
The night vision video featured an unknown figure speaking in a robotic voice and smashing a glass case full of NXT title belts while saying:
“I’m not sure what happened. I helped create something out of my own blood. Years and years of dedication – only to be taken over by paper champions. These NXT championships have been in isolation for far too long. Now I’ve come back to take what is mine”.
It is clear from the verbiage used and WWE YouTube video description – which reads “an unknown insurgent declares they’re coming back to the black-and-gold brand to take what’s theirs” – that this is leading to someone making their NXT return.
Given the NXT titles were a key focal point of the video, it seems a safe bet to narrow down the candidates to former title holders in NXT.
Chances are it is not going to be anyone currently involved in a programme on the main roster (which would rule out the likes of Seth Rollins, Drew McIntyre, Big E, Shinsuke Nakamura and a plethora of others), and obviously not anyone working elsewhere (Pac, FTR, The Wyatt Family).
As it is specifically a return, active NXT competitions would not be applicable. And with the video featuring just one person it does not appear to be a tag team either.
That realistically leaves the following candidates:
- Bo Dallas
- Samoa Joe
- Bobby Roode
- Ember Moon
The latter two are probably the least likely as Paige is in enforced retirement due to injury (but then, so was Daniel Bryan) and Moon is also on the shelf with a serious career-threatening injury.
Of the others, Bobby Roode has not wrestled for WWE since Elimination Chamber in March, Samoa Joe has been off TV in recent weeks after a stint commentating on RAW and has not wrestled since February, and Bo Dallas has been off television since November last year, with his B-Team tandem with Curtis Axel disbanded when Axel was released in April.
Unlike Roode and Joe, Dallas did not come into WWE’s development system with years of indie wrestling experience behind him but rather was a product of the WWE system. Based on the words used in the video he would seem like the most likely candidate, but WWE may pull a swerve and surprise us all.
In addition to the big reveal, the following matches are confirmed for TakeOver on October 4: