WWE officially announced that Tommaso Ciampa will defend the NXT Championship against Aleister Black at NXT TakeOver: Phoenix, the special show that will take place on January 26, 2019, at the Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Arizona.
In the last weekly episode of NXT, Tommaso Ciampa and Aleister Black had a new confrontation, but Johnny Gargano intervened. Tommaso Ciampa took the opportunity to face them, through the support of the public. Aleister Black tried to apply the Black Mass on Gargano, but he escaped, so he decided to apply it to the champion to finish the show.
The match between Tommaso Ciampa and Aleister Black will be a rematch of what happened on July 25, 2018, where the champion took the title in the main event of the weekly NXT show. In that match, Johnny Gargano also intervened and attacked the two fighters. Subsequently, Black was injured and had to go through the operating room.
On the other hand, William Regal announced that the next rival of Shayna Baszler will come out of a fight to 4 bands that will be broadcast on December 26 in the weekly NXT show. At the moment, the participation of Bianca Belair in this match has been announced, and the name of her opponents still needs to be known. It should be remembered that Bianca Belair is unbeaten in weekly NXT shows.