NXT Champion Bobby Roode defends against Roderick Strong
Bobby Roode has dismissed Roderick Strong as a challenger and dared to insult his family. Tonight, however, The Messiah of the Backbreaker will have his chance to hit The Glorious One where it hurts most, when he challenges for Roode’s NXT Championship.
This highly anticipated NXT Title Match is the culmination of a deeply personal rivalry between Roode and Strong. The bad feelings began when Strong first stated his intentions of going for NXT’s crown jewel. Instead of simply focusing his response on Strong’s qualifications as a contender, Roode went a step further, ridiculing Strong’s feel-good story of personal triumph, and taking potshots at his fiancée and newborn son.
Tensions reached their boiling point on June 21, when a midday photo shoot at Full Sail University erupted into an all-out brawl between the two Superstars.
The altercation left General Manager William Regal with no choice but to make a championship showdown, setting the stage for tonight's epic main event. Will Strong, who has risen to the top of every division he has competed in, earn his biggest accolade yet? Or can the ever-resourceful Glorious One continue his reign? Find out tonight at 8/7 C, only on the award-winning WWE Network.