WWE addressed the NXT Title situation at Wednesday night’s NXT TV tapings from Winter Park, FL at Full Sail University.
NXT Champion Tommaso Ciampa underwent neck surgery last week. He will be out of action for extended time. Triple H appeared at the NXT tapings to vacate the championship.
The Game announced the NXT Championship will be decided at NXT Takeover: New York in a 2 out of 3 falls match. Johnny Gargano was announced as one of the challengers in that match. Gargano’s opponent will be decided “tonight” in a 5-way match featuring Ricochet vs. Aleister Black vs. Velveteen Dream vs Matt Riddle vs. Adam Cole.
Scoop #8: Adam Cole vs Ricochet vs Aleister Black vs Velveteen Dream vs Matt Riddle
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Adam Cole won. The new main event of NXT Takeover: New York will be Johnny Gargano vs. Adam Cole for the vacant NXT Championship in a 2 out of 3 falls match.
This is unfortunate for Ciampa, as he has been one of the best heels in NXT and was recently called up to the main roster. The belief was that Ciampa was slated to make his next title defense against Gargano at the NXT TakeOver: New York event to complete their storyline.
The NXT TakeOver: New York event takes place on Friday, April 5, 2019 in Brooklyn, New York at the Barclays Center and will air on the WWE Network.