Newly crowned NXT Tag Team Champions Wesley Blake & Buddy Murphy will face their first big test at TakeOver: Rival on Feb. 11, when they defend against former titleholders The Lucha Dragons.
The Lucha Dragons stunned the NXT Universe when they dethroned The Ascension at TakeOver: Fatal 4-Way last September, ending the longest NXT Tag Team Championship reign in history. Kalisto & Sin Cara turned back all challenges after that, including two impressive title defenses against the nefarious Vaudevillains.
Blake & Murphy, however, came out of nowhere in 2015. Many had them pegged as a team to watch this year, after a few impressive showings in 2014 where they came up short (including matches against The Lucha Dragons). The new team’s fortunes changed on the Jan. 21 edition of NXT, when they upset The Vaudevillains. After the victory, the upstarts almost immediately challenged the champions, which The Lucha Dragons were happy to accept.
The two teams clashed for the titles in what looked to be an evenly contested match, with the challengers using a mix of power and agility to slow down the speedy champions. In the end, it was a quick tag while Kalisto was executing his lightning-quick offense that allowed Blake to slip in behind the masked marvel and pin him to capture the titles.
The new champions immediately said that they would give The Lucha Dragons their rematch any time they wanted it. Kalisto & Sin Cara will get their chance at regaining the titles on Feb. 11 at TakeOver. Can Blake & Murphy turn back the former titleholders? Or will The Lucha Dragons show that the new champions are a flash in the pan? Find out at NXT TakeOver: Rival, live on WWE Network Wednesday, Feb. 11 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. Don’t forget, the entire month of February on WWE Network is free for new subscribers, including TakeOver and the all-new pay-per-view event WWE Fastlane! Sign up now to catch all the action!
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