On the eve of the NXT Championship match between Adam Cole and Keith Lee, HHH gave an interview to Sports Illustrated. It sounds like The Game is very happy with the match and also happy to use the possible spoiler to stoke up interest in it too.
“This week’s show is something special. I know there is a little bit of controversy around it, and this won’t be the first time I’ve taken it upon myself to manipulate that process, but what I can tell you is that this main event delivers. Adam Cole and Keith Lee, I think it’s a dream match between our two top performers from 2019, and they deliver here…”
Although the match will air Wednesday July 8th, it was recorded one week prior and coincided with NXT superstar Saurav Gurjar posting a picture on Instagram seemingly showing Keith Lee celebrating after the match with the NXT Championship.
The post was swiftly removed with some at NXT have claiming alternative endings to the match have been filmed whilst others outside of the company have reported the WWE are furious at the leak.
Whatever the outcome, night two of NXT: The Great American Bash is can’t miss TV with HHH adding:
“When you look back in a year, a match like this is going to make the demand even greater for the Great American Bash next year
During the interview HHH also discussed the importance positioning the event head to head with AEW’s Fyter Fest but at the same time sticking to long term planning.
“It absolutely is part of healthy of competition. Anyone that thinks it isn’t, to a degree, is being naive to the situation. You saw that back in the day when Clash of Champions was counter programming [to WWE’s WrestleMania IV in 1988]. At the same point, it can’t drive your booking decisions.”
Both NXT and AEW have given us some memorable Wednesday nights over the last year so don’t be surprised if we get another one or two this week.
The matches announced so far for tonight’s card are:
- Winner Takes All Title Match: Adam Cole vs. Keith Lee
- Legado del Fantasma vs. Drake Maverick & Breezango
- Street Fight: Mia Yim vs. Candice LeRae
- Isaiah ‘Swerve’ Scott vs Johnny Gargano