This week’s NXT television tapings have just wrapped up, and it looks like one of the developmental promotion’s titles is due to change hands. It also would appear as if WWE is serious on pushing some of its newest developmental hires, as former Ring of Honor standouts Kyle O’Reilly and Bobby Fish became the 13th pair of wrestlers to win NXT’s Tag Team Championships, following their win over SAnitY members Eric Young and Killian Dain.
The news was reported yesterday night on the WWE website, and as the company noted, O’Reilly and Fish’s win marked another milestone for the Undisputed ERA faction. The NXT Tag Team title victory came a week and a half after the duo’s big win at NXT TakeOver: WarGames, where O’Reilly and Fish, together with stablemate Adam Cole, defeated SAnitY and the three-man team of The Authors of Pain and Roderick Strong in WWE’s first official WarGames match.
So far, it’s been a very successful three months for The Undisputed ERA since their formation at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn III in August. With their past in ROH well-known to fans of independent wrestling, O’Reilly and Fish debuted separately on NXT, with Fish losing to Aleister Black in his July 12 debut. On Aug. 2, 2017, O’Reilly also debuted by way of a defeat to Black, and many speculated that the reDRagon members would be reunited as a tag team sooner rather than later.
That moment came when their old ROH colleague, Adam Cole, made his first appearance on NXT at TakeOver: Brooklyn III. With the show drawing to a close and Drew McIntyre fresh off an NXT Championship win over Bobby Roode, Cole, O’Reilly, and Fish triple-teamed the Scotsman, beating down on him and establishing themselves as the new heels in town. We’ve yet to see Cole win a title in NXT, though he’s very much in the hunt for the NXT Championship, having lost to McIntyre in the dark match for this month’s San Antonio TV tapings. That match happened to feature none other than the legendary Shawn Michaels as special guest referee.
With Bobby Fish and Kyle O'Reilly now first-time NXT Tag Team Champions, the future does indeed look bright for The Undisputed ERA. Will this mean Adam Cole, former three-time ROH World Champion, will become a first-time NXT Champion too? By the looks of things, it's not as much a question of "if" as it is a question of "when."