Not quite. The NXT Title has been moving around a lot as of late and that can make things rather interesting in a hurry. Keith Lee won the title from Adam Cole back in July but then lost it to Karrion Kross less than two months later. However, Kross was injured during the match and had to vacate the title that same week. We needed a new champion and a title match was set for this week.
Last week on NXT, General Manager William Regal announced a sixty minute Iron Man match between Finn Balor, Johnny Gargano, Adam Cole and Tommaso Ciampa. It was one of the biggest matches in the history of NXT and certainly the longest. This was a way to settle everything and set up a new champion, or at least that was how everything looked on paper.
The Iron Man match wound up in a two way tie, with Balor and Cole earning two falls apiece to Gargano and Ciampa’s one apiece. As a result, Regal came to the ring to announce that the two will meet each other in a one on one match the following week, one fall to a finish for the vacant title. The two have met before in a singles match in NXT, with Cole defeating Balor to retain the NXT Title on December 18, 2019.
It worked once. Check out what kind of a match we are going to see:
Opinion: This was a little hard to take as the match more or less wound up being a big semifinal instead of the grand finale they had advertised. I can understand the idea of setting up another match in the future but that doesn’t make this much better. I’m not sure what to expect next week, but at least we should be all but guaranteed to have a new champion after next Tuesday.
What did you think of the match? Who wins the title next week? Let us know in the comments below.
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