Carmelo Hayes wins Championship unification match at NXT New Year's Evil

Originally published at Carmelo Hayes wins Championship unification bout at NXT New Year's Evil

The NXT Cruiserweight and North American Titles have been unified.

Kicking off NXT’s first event of the new year was a championship unification match. The North American Champion Carmelo Hayes went one-on-one with Cruiserweight Champion Roderick Strong and both talents’ titles were on the line.

The conclusion of the match saw Hayes execute his top rope leg drop onto Strong to secure the victory and obtain the Cruiserweight Title. The unified championship will be recognized as the North American Title so Carmelo Hayes’ two-month reign as champion is continuing.

The NXT Cruiserweight Title and NXT North American Title have been unified!@Carmelo_WWE walks out of #NXTNYE STILL your NXT North American Champion!#WWENXT

— WWE NXT (@WWENXT) January 5, 2022

The Cruiserweight Title was brought back to WWE in 2016 for their Cruiserweight Classic tournament. There have been 17 champions since 2016 with the first being TJP and the last being Carmelo Hayes.