WWE to crown an interim NXT Cruiserweight Champion, Jordan Devlin responds

By Jason Powell, ProWrestling.net Editor (@prowrestlingnet)

WWE has announced that a tournament will be held to crown an interim NXT Cruiserweight Champion. The stated reason is that current NXT Cruiserweight Champion Jordan Devlin is unable to travel to the United States to defend his title due to travel restrictions related to the pandemic.

Powell’s POV: This is an interesting approach by WWE. They could have simply waited until Devlin is able to travel, but crowning an interim champion gives them interesting content via the tournament, and will presumably lead to a match between Devlin and the interim champion once Devlin is able to travel overseas. I like it. I also like the way Devlin is in character crapping on the idea of crowning a “fraud champion” (see below).



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Readers Comments (1)

  1. I am sure he was just being in character, but I agree with Devlin. I HATE the idea of “interim” champions in sports. I know MMA and boxing do it all the time and I hate it. If a champion can’t or won’t defend the title, strip them and crown a new champion. THat’s why I consider interim champions to be fake champions.

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