Finn Balor Vs. Johnny Gargano At WWE NXT "Takeover: Portland", Battle Royal To Determine Title Match

Finn Balor vs. Johnny Gargano will finally take place at the upcoming WWE NXT "Takeover: Portland" event.

Tonight's NXT episode saw Gargano cut an in-ring promo, his first since returning to attack Balor during Balor's title shot against NXT Champion Adam Cole back in December. The two had words and the match for Portland was made.


The next main brand Takeover special will also see NXT Women's Champion Rhea Ripley defend her title. Next Wednesday's NXT TV episode on the USA Network will feature an 11-woman Battle Royal to crown the new #1 contender for Ripley. Ripley will then defend against the Battle Royal winner at Takeover.

Next week's Battle Royal will feature Bianca Belair, Candice LeRae, Xia Li, Dakota Kai, Vanessa Borne, Chelsea Green, Kayden Carter, Santana Garrett, Mia Yim, Shotzi Blackheart, and Io Shirai.

NXT "Takeover: Portland" will take place on Sunday, February 16 from the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon, and will air live on the WWE Network.

Below is the current "Takeover: Portland" card, along with a few related shots from tonight's episode and WWE's announcement on the Battle Royal airing next week:


NXT Women's Title Match
Battle Royal Winner vs. Rhea Ripley (c)

Finn Balor vs. Johnny Gargano

Battle Royal to determine NXT Women's Champion Rhea Ripley's challenger next Wednesday

Battle Royal to determine NXT Women's Champion Rhea Ripley's challenger next Wednesday

NXT Women's Champion Rhea Ripley's next challenger will be determined next Wednesday in a Battle Royal on USA Network.

Ripley got a taste of just how long the line may be for a chance at her title this week, when Toni Storm, NXT UK Women's Champion Kay Lee Ray, Bianca Belair, Io Shirai and even her friend Candice LeRae staked their claim to a title opportunity.

The Battle Royal will include Bianca Belair, Candice LeRae, Chelsea Green, Dakota Kai, Vanessa Borne, Kayden Carter, Mia Yim, Santana Garrett, Io Shirai, Shotzi Blackheart and Xia Li.

Who will stand tall at the end and earn the right to challenge The Nightmare? Find out next Wednesday on NXT, live at 8/7 C on USA Network!