New match set for NXT TV tapings prior to TakeOver, Samoa Joe on pre-show panel

New match set for NXT TV tapings prior to TakeOver

Roderick Strong vs. Tyler Bate in a No. 1 Contenders Match has been added to the NXT TV tapings prior to this Saturday’s NXT TakeOver: Philadelphia live special.

That match, along with the previously announced Nikki Cross vs. Lacey Evans, plus the in-ring return of TM-61, will air on the 1/31 episode of NXT TV.

Samoa Joe on pre-show panel

WWE announced on Thursday via an e-mail blast that Samoa Joe will be a part of the pre-show panel for this Saturday’s NXT TakeOver: Philadelphia live special.

Joe will join Charly Caruso and Sam Roberts. Renee Young and Corey Graves will be also be on the pre-show to hand out the 2017 NXT Year-End Awards.

“Before you witness NXT TakeOver: Philadelphia on the award-winning WWE Network, watch Corey Graves and Renee Young host the NXT Year-End Awards, which celebrates the best of the black-and-yellow brand in 2017. Plus, Charly Caruso, Sam Roberts and Raw Superstar Samoa Joe bring you the latest news from the NXT Universe and preview all the happenings from the City of Brotherly Love as part of the Pre-Show panel. The NXT TakeOver: Philadelphia Pre-Show streams live on WWE Network, WWE.com, the WWE App, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest.”