NXT Women's Title Match Confirmed For NXT Heatwave

During tonight's episode of "NXT 2.0," it was announced that "NXT" Women's Champion Mandy Rose will be defending her title against Zoey Stark on a special episode next month, which has been dubbed "Heatwave." The episode will air on Tuesday, August 16.

Stark made her WWE return on July 19, entering and winning the main event battle royale to become #1 contender for the women's title. After she suffered a torn ACL/meniscus, WWE had written Stark off television due to the injury via an attack by Rose's stable, Toxic Attraction. In a promo on tonight's show, Stark revealed that she is four months ahead of her return schedule.

As of this writing, the "NXT" Women's Championship match is the only match announced for the Heatwave special, which takes its name from the ECW pay-per-view that aired annually from 1994 to 2000. Both "NXT" and WWE overall have a history of appropriating event names of their formal rivals, ECW and WCW, including December to Dismember, The Great American Bash, and Halloween Havoc — the event where Stark was injured in October 2021.

Below are highlights from tonight's show:


Ongoing live coverage of tonight's NXT 2.0 is available here.