KUSHIDA pulled from tonight's edition of NXT, not cleared to compete

Originally published at KUSHIDA pulled from tonight's edition of NXT, not cleared to compete

On Tuesday evening, WWE issued an announcement that NXT Cruiserweight Champion KUSHIDA will be unable to perform tonight.

William Regal sent out a message noting that KUSHIDA is not cleared to compete for his title defense against Roderick Strong tonight.

Instead, the program will begin with an Open Challenge from The Diamond Mine with Roderick Strong set to compete.

Unfortunately after a medical examination, officials learned @KUSHIDA_0904 is not cleared to compete tonight. When I informed @Malcolmvelli and @roderickstrong, they expressed Roderick’s desire to compete.

Therefore, #WWENXT will begin with a #DiamondMine open challenge.

— William Regal (@RealKingRegal) August 17, 2021

Below is the updated lineup for tonight’s edition of NXT airing at 8 p.m. ET on the USA Network:
*Face-to-Face: Karrion Kross and Samoa Joe
*Prime Target on Kyle O’Reilly vs. Adam Cole
*Breakout Tournament Semi-Final: Duke Hudson vs. Carmelo Hayes
*NXT Tag Team Championship: MSK (champions) vs. Marcel Barthel & Fabian Aichner
*Diamond Mine Open Challenge: Roderick Strong vs. TBA
*Dexter Lumis & Indi Hartwell vs. Robert Stone & Jessi Kamea
*An interview with Raquel Gonzalez and Dakota Kai