On March 20, 2019, HHH addressed the NXT Universe regarding the NXT title. Unfortunately, the black and gold brand’s Champion Tommaso Ciampa had to drop the title due to injury. Originally, the plans were that Johnny Gargano would challenge Ciampa for the NXT Championship. The match was to take place at NXT Takeover: New York. However, since Tommaso Ciampa has been removed from the card due to a serious neck injury. The state of the NXT Championship was a question.
Tommaso Ciampa endured anterior cervical fusion surgery with Dr. Andrew Michael Cordover, to take the pressure off his spinal cord. The former NXT champion is expected to receive a great recovery. Ciampa is anticipated to be clear for action on his road to recovery and will return to the ring.
On WWE and NXT on the WWE Network, WWE COO HHH provided an update regarding the title. The NXT Championship would be decided between Johnny Wrestling and a winner of a Fatal 5-Way match. The match consisted of Adam Cole, Ricochet, Aleister Black, Velveteen Dream, and Matt Riddle. The Undisputed Era’s Adam Cole would pick up the victory in the Fatal 5-Way match. The outcome of the match would be determined in a 2 out of 3 Falls Match.
The state of the NXT Championship title will be determined at NXT Takeover: New York. The event will be between Adam Cole and Johnny Gargano. The two will face off in a 2 out of 3 Falls Match at NXT TakeOver: New York, streaming live from the Barclays Center on Friday, April 5, 2019, exclusively on the WWE Network.
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