They went for the gold. Titles are the most important thing in all of wrestling and have been for a very long time now. In theory at least, every wrestler who gets in the ring wants to win the biggest title around. That is how wrestling has worked for pretty much all of wrestling history and it is still the case to this day. Title changes make a difference, and that was the case this week.

NXT presented its annual New Year’s Evil event this week, featuring three title matches, with two titles changing hands. First up, North American Champion Carmelo Hayes defeated Cruiserweight Champion Roderick Strong to unify the titles, with the North American Title being the name of the championship going forward. Then in the show’s main event, Bron Breakker defeated Tommaso Ciampa to win the NXT Title. The win marks Breakker’s first title in WWE. In the other title match, Women’s Champion Mandy Rose defeated Raquel Gonzalez and Cora Jade to retain her title.

It was a big night. Check out how the show’s title matches went down:

Opinion: It was an eventful night and the title changes were the logical choice in both situations. There was no way to have Breakker lose again in such short fashion so this is about all there was to do. At the same time, the Cruiserweight Title has been falling further and further into the abyss in recent months, so there was no reason to believe that Hayes was going to lose. Either way, it was a great night and one of the better things that NXT has done in a long time.

Which title change was more important? Which new champion will lose their title first? 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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