WWE announced during last night's NXT episode on the USA Network that next Wednesday's episode will be a special Great American Bash edition of NXT, featuring the first-ever NXT Strap Match with Roderick Strong vs. Dexter Lumis, a 2-on-1 mixed action Handicap Match with Aliyah and Robert Stone vs. Rhea Ripley (Ripley will join The Robert Stone Brand if she loses), and a Fatal 4 Way to crown a new #1 contender to NXT Women's Champion Io Shirai, featuring Tegan Nox vs. Dakota Kai vs. Candice LeRae vs. Mia Yim.
WWE did not mention the Great American Bash extending into the July 8 episode, which will be headlined by the Winner Takes All match between NXT North American Champion Keith Lee and NXT Champion Adam Cole. However, WWE posted the official preview for Lee vs. Cole today and quietly mentioned that the Bash will continue into the July 8 episode. WWE also updated their original article on the Great American Bash today and mentioned it being a two-week event. That was not in the original article posted after NXT went off the air last night.
It's believed that the winner of the women's Fatal 4 Way will challenge Shirai for her title on Night Two of the Great American Bash, but that has not been confirmed as of this writing.
Below is WWE's updated announcement on the Great American Bash edition of NXT:
The Great American Bash returns on NXT beginning next week
The Great American Bash is coming to NXT, taking place over the next two weeks on USA Network.
The proud sports-entertainment tradition is back, this time under the black-and-gold banner. Dating back to 1985, the event was rekindled in the aughts and now returns once more with NXT's top Superstars looking to leave their mark on its storied history.
As part of the event on July 8, NXT Champion Adam Cole will take on North American Champion Keith Lee in a Winner Take All Match.
Three matchups are already set for next week as well, including NXT's first-ever Strap Match taking place between Dexter Lumis and Roderick Strong. Additionally, Mia Yim, Tegan Nox, Candice LeRae and Dakota Kai will collide in a Fatal 4-Way Match to determine the No. 1 Contender to NXT Women's Champion Io Shirai, while Rhea Ripley will face Aliyah & Robert Stone in a Handicap Match where The Nightmare has agreed to join The Robert Stone Brand if she loses.
Don't miss The Great American Bash on NXT beginning next Wednesday night at 8/7 C on USA Network!