WWE announces tournament to determine interim NXT Cruiserweight Champion

Originally published at https://www.postwrestling.com/2020/04/08/wwe-announces-tournament-to-determine-interim-nxt-cruiserweight-champion/

NXT on-screen General Manager William Regal appeared on today’s edition of WWE The Bump and made the announcement that within the coming days, names will be announced for a tournament to crown an interim NXT Cruiserweight Champion. The current NXT Cruiserweight Champion Jordan Devlin is currently in his home of Ireland and due to the COVID-19 outbreak and the travel laws that come with that, he’s not able to make his way to Florida to defend the title.

Regal did not say that Devlin is being stripped of the belt, but a new representative of the title will be determined via the aforementioned tournament. As far as Matt Riddle and Pete Dunne go, Regal says an announcement regarding their status as NXT Tag Team Champions is expected to be made within the coming week.

Jordan Devlin won the NXT Cruiserweight Title at WWE’s Worlds Collide event during Royal Rumble weekend and has defended the title on NXT and NXT UK against the likes of Lio Rush and Travis Banks.

As I just announced on @WWETheBump, we will soon begin a tournament to crown an interim NXT Cruiserweight Champion as the current champion, @Jordan_Devlin1 is unable to compete due to the situation in the world.

I will update everyone once all the details are ironed out.

— William Regal (@RealKingRegal) April 8, 2020

Slated for tonight’s episode of NXT on the USA Network is a match between Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa, and a 6-woman Ladder match to determine the next challenger to Charlotte Flair’s NXT Women’s Championship.

Real sports build!

I’ve seen some people on Twitter being so upset over this, and yet, this is the smartest thing they could’ve done in the meantime. I don’t think this means Jordan Devlin is losing that strap any time soon. It’s the closest thing to real-sports oriented I’ve seen WWE do things so far.

Looks like we’re getting a G1 style tournament.

Best of the super cruisers

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