Jordan Devlin has been in his eyes, the true NXT Cruiserweight Champion for a year now. He’s back in the United States now, and will be facing the other NXT Cruiserweight Champion Santos Escobar at NXT Takeover: Stand & Deliver. Knowing he’s in for a challenge, he’s testing himself against one of the best in NXT with KUSHIDA. KUSHIDA has dabbled in the Cruiserweight division before, and has a legacy as one of the greatest IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champions of all time. Devlin won’t find an easy win tonight.
KUSHIDA Goes Hard From The Start With Jordan Devlin
KUSHIDA would start by taking Devlin down with a single leg takedown, before looking for an ankle lock. Devlin came back with a uranage into a standing moonsault, both men going for major blows early. KUSHIDA hit the hip toss into the cartwheel dropkick, before a twisting armbreaker.
Devlin was sent to the apron, but dodged a baseball slide, before hitting an Asai Moonsault. Back in the ring, KUSHIDA took control with his superior striking, hitting chops and kicks in the corner. Devlin came back with a suplex, before applying a rear chinlock in the middle of the ring.
KUSHIDA broke this hold and dropped him with a kick to the head. Some forearm strikes were followed by a Springboard Back Elbow, before a kick to the arm and a running armbreaker. KUSHIDA was in control and looked for the Hoverboard Lock, but Devlin scurried to the ropes.
Enter Santos Escobar & Shawn Micheals
Devlin blocked the arm trap Northern Lights Suplex, and counter a cross armbreaker attempt into a pinfall to break the hold. KUSHIDA took a slingshot cutter from Devlin, before Devlin popped his arm back into place. Devlin couldn’t get the Devil-Inside Suplex due to the hurt arm, and he’d put KUSHIDA up top.
Legado Del Fantasma came to the ringside area, and Devlin was taken off the top rope with a superplex. KUSHIDA moved right into a cross armbreaker, but Devlin made the ropes. Behind the back of the referee, Legado pulled him out of the ring. He’d slip past them, and roll up KUSHIDA with a European Clutch for the win.
KUSHIDA was mad that he was distracted, and took out Wilde & Mendoza as Escobar and Devlin took the ring. HBK came to ringside, and shoved a ladder in the ring. Both men raised their titles, and it seems like we’re set for a ladder match for the ages at Takeover.
Who will prove to be the true Cruiserweight Champion? Let us know what you think in the comment section down below.
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