Meet the new one. There are a a fair few titles in NXT and the promotion has done a nice job making them feel important. Some of the titles seem to mean more than others, but someone wearing a belt still has a lot of impact in NXT. That is something that can be quite hard to do but NXT has managed to make it happen. Now they are getting the chance to do it with someone new.

This week’s NXT featured a main event of Isaiah Scott defending the North American Title against Carmelo Hayes. Scott successfully defended the title, but Carmelo Hayes attacked him after the match and cashed in his Breakout Tournament victory for an instant title shot. Hayes went on to win the title, earning his first championship in NXT. The win comes as Scott has been drafted to SmackDown as part of Hit Row.

Hayes is a fresh star. Check out what he can do in the ring:

Carmelo Hayes vs. Duke Hudson – NXT Breakout Tournament Semifinals Match: WWE NXT, Aug. 17, 2021

Carmelo Hayes vs. Odyssey Jones – NXT Breakout Tournament Final: WWE NXT, Aug. 24, 2021

Carmelo Hayes vs. Josh Briggs – NXT Breakout Tournament: WWE NXT, July 27, 2021

Opinion: I don’t think it’s a surprise that Scott lost the title, but it is a surprise that Hayes was the one who took it from him. NXT did a nice job of surprising us by having Scott win the first match and at least now the contract is gone instead of having Hayes hold it over everyone’s head. I like the surprise and the result, as NXT did a nice job of throwing in a needed curve ball.

What do you think of the title change? How will the new reign go? Let us know in the comments below.

Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 60,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 6,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at, or check out his- Amazon author page with 30 wrestling books.

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