Time to see whether it pays to be “Roode” or “Strong.”

It was announced today on WWE.com that NXT Champion Bobby Roode will defend his championship against Roderick Strong on the July 5 episode of NXT. The match came as a result of a brawl that erupted backstage before the June 21 episode of the show.

Bobby Roode and Roderick Strong get into a fight before NXT: WWE NXT, June 21, 2017

During a backstage photoshoot, Roode was met by Strong, who was there with his new wife and baby. After a brief exchange of words, the two went at it, before being broken up by backstage officials.

According to WWE.com:

This came after the titleholder and Strong had a war of words two weeks prior on NXT. Strong bared his soul to the NXT Universe, opening up about his journey into fatherhood and his desire to become NXT Champion, only to be met with ridicule and disrespect from Roode, who verbally tore down Strong’s title aspirations.

Following their backstage photoshoot throw down, the heated foes will now settle their differences inside the squared circle with NXT’s most prized possession on the line.

Editor’s Note:

I’m surprised that they are doing this match so early; I figured they would wait until the next Takeover event. Either way, it should be a great contest between two of NXT’s best!

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