After signing with WWE back in 2019, KUSHIDA took a while to get going, but now there is seemingly no stopping him. He captured the WWE NXT Cruiserweight Championship from Santos Escobar, and proved it wasn’t a fluke by defending in a terrific two out of three falls match. Oney Lorcan and a debuting Carmello Hayes have also fallen to KUSHIDA, and now fans are wondering: who will step up next?
August Grey Teased To Challenge KUSHIDA Soon
One option is August Grey. Grey finally was able to take out and move past Ariya Daivari after a bitter eight month feud and many matches on the latest episode of 205 Live. It would be teased on commentary that Grey might be the next one to step up to KUSHIDA following this win.
Grey has only ever shown up on NXT to lose matches to up and coming heavyweights, such as LA Knight or Cameron Grimes, but is a very talented wrestler. He might not be the one to take the belt off of KUSHIDA, but would certainly be able to give him a great fight.
Ari Sterling Is Gaining Momentum
Another option comes in the recent debut of Ari Sterling. Sterling is better known as Alex Zayne of GCW fame, and has also competed for both Ring of Honor & New Japan Pro Wrestling. Since making his debut on 205 Live, he’s won four of his last five matches, only dropping one match to former NXT Cruiserweight Champion Tony Nese.
Sterling is perhaps the most promising name in the new batch of 205 Live debuts, and it feels like a matter of ‘if’ and not ‘when’ he will be able to challenge for the NXT Cruiserweight Champion. Sterling & Grey have arguably the same amount of momentum right now, each getting win after win. Provided the reign of KUSHIDA lasts long enough, we will likely be able to have them both face KUSHIDA.
Who do you want to see step up and challenge KUSHIDA in his next open challenge? Let us know what you think in the comment section down below.
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