NXT taped the next set of episodes of NXT TV on Thursday to take home the brand before NXT Takeover: Phoenix on Royal Rumble weekend on Saturday, January 26, 2019 at the Talking Stick Resort Arena. A couple of indie stars appeared at the tapings, working as a tag team against the pairing of Kairi Sane and Io Shirai.
Scoop #38: Tanea Brooks & Amber Nova vs Io Shirai & Kairi Sane pic.twitter.com/iYDcPuf1kX
— Jacob Cohen (@MrJacobCohen) January 4, 2019
Amber Nova has appeared as enhancement for NXT before, last August in a match against Nikki Cross, but she’s also a rising indie star whose appeared for Shine Wrestling, RISE, and Florida’s I Believe In Wrestling promotion since her debut in 2016. In January of 2018, she also worked one of the final tapings for IMPACT Wrestling out of the IMPACT Zone in Orlando.
While the name Tanea Brooks may not ring many bells, if you’ve followed IMPACT Wrestling the past few years, you may know her by the ring name Rebel. As Rebel, she made her IMPACT debut in 2014, initially debuting as part of Mike Knox‘s Menagerie stable that also included Crazzy Steve and “The Freak” Rob Terry. In 2015, she switched groups, joining the Dollhouse with Taryn Terrell, Jade (Mia Yim), and Marti Bell, before finally going solo in 2016. Her last set of IMPACT tapings was this past July when they filmed from Toronto, Canada, although she appeared on the September IMPACT/Xcite One Night Only PPV, Night of the Dummies, in a loss to Alisha Edwards.
— REBEL/ Tanea (@RebelTanea) January 4, 2019