It has been reported that several NXT Superstars were backstage for this week’s episode of WWE SmackDown. This week’s episode was the first time that the brand has been in-front of a capacity crowd for 70 weeks, and 4 NXT Superstars were brought in for assessment.
PWInsider reported that Austin Theory, Xia Li, Odyssey Jones and Aliyah were all reportedly backstage for the show this Friday. Interestingly, Aliyah has ‘already’ been called up, and will be appearing on RAW in the near future.
Austin Theory is currently a member of The Way alongside Johnny Gargano, Indi Hartwell and Candice LaRae. Xia Li is scheduled to be taking on Raquel Gonzalez for the NXT Women’s Championship at some point in the near future.
NXT Superstars backstage at SmackDown
Odyssey Jones is an interesting one, as he is currently in the NXT Breakout tournament and wasn’t expected to be ‘called up’ for quite some time.
The NXT Superstar is pretty new to fans on television, and there’s a chance that the higher ups in the company just wanted to get a look at what he had to offer.
There have been rumors that some NXT Superstars will be appearing at the Money In The Bank PPV event this Sunday, although these are not substantiated.
Here’s the full card for WWE’s Money In The Bank 2021:
- Men’s MITB Ladder MatchÂ ’“ Ricochet vs. Riddle vs. John Morrison vs. Drew McIntyre vs. Big E vs. Kevin Owens vs. Seth Rollins vs. King Shinsuke Nakamura
- Women’s MITB Ladder MatchÂ ’“ Asuka vs. Naomi vs. Alexa Bliss vs. Nikki Cross vs. Liv Morgan vs. Zelina Vega vs. Natalya vs Tamina
- Universal Championship MatchÂ ’“ WWE Hall of Famer Edge vs.Â Roman ReignsÂ (c)
- WWE Championship MatchÂ ’“ Kofi Kingston vs. Bobby Lashley (c)
- RAW Women’s Championship MatchÂ ’“Â Charlotte FlairÂ vs. Rhea Ripley (c)
- RAW Tag Team Championship MatchÂ ’“ AJ Styles & Omos (c) vs The Viking Raiders
- Pre-show WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship MatchÂ ’“ Dominik and Rey Mysterio vs The Usos