Angel Garza dropped the NXT Cruiserweight Championship to NXT UK star Jordan Devlin at Worlds Collide in January 2020. From then, it was rumoured that Devlin would defend his belt across both NXT and NXT UK in the coming months.
It remains to be seen whether this was the plan, but due to the Coronavirus pandemic limiting travel across countries, Devlin has been unable to return to the US and defend the title.
Taking this into account, WWE has confirmed on The Bump that while Devlin will not be stripped of the title, a tournament will take place to crown an interim champion while he is unable to make shows in the US.
Very few details have been released about the tournament, but WWE has said more information will be available in the coming days, so make sure you stay tuned to WrestleTalk.com for that.
On the matter, WWE had the following to say:
On Wednesday morning’s edition of WWE’s The Bump, NXT General Manager William Regal revealed that a tournament to crown an interim NXT Cruiserweight Champion will be held in the coming weeks since reigning titleholder Jordan Devlin is in the U.K. and currently unable to defend his title due to current circumstances.
Details on the tournament, including the entrants and the full bracket, will be revealed in the coming days on WWE’s Digital and Social platforms, so be sure to stick with us as more news breaks on this developing situation
While it was not confirmed, it is believed that Devlin will face the interim champion in a Cruiserweight Championship Unification match when it is safe for him to return to the US.
Devlin is not the only NXT Champion currently stuck in the UK. Former NXT UK Champion and current NXT Tag Team Champion Pete Dunne is in the UK and is also unable to return to America.
While he also hasn’t announced a tournament to crown the interim tag team champion, NXT General Manager William Regal said that he does have some decisions to make with regards to the future of the straps.
ALSO: With @PeteDunneYxB over in the U.K., @RealKingRegal has said that he has some decisions to make with regard to the state of the #WWENXT #TagTeamChampionship.#WWETheBump @WWENXT pic.twitter.com/lgSRLdpHyV
— WWE’s The Bump (@WWETheBump) April 8, 2020
This is certainly a very interesting time for NXT to announce a tournament. AEW’s TNT Championship tournament is set to kick off tonight, so it seems like this may be a way for WWE to try and get viewers to watch NXT instead.
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