WWE Reveals Two Groups for NXT Cruiserweight Champion Tournament

WWE has revealed the first two sets of competitors for the tournament that will decide the Interim NXT Cruiserweight Champion. Reigning NXT Cruiserweight Champion Jordan Devlin is stuck in the U.K. and unable to defend his title due to restrictions on international travel because of the coronavirus pandemic. As a result, NXT General Manager William Regal announced a tournament to crown an interim champion so NXT can continue giving its cruiserweight something to fight for. Presumably, Devil will need to settle differences with the interim champion once things return to normal. Here's the lineup, along with descriptions of each competitor, from WWE's announcement.

Finn Balor has got something funny to say on NXT, courtesy of WWE.
Finn Balor has got something funny to say on NXT, courtesy of WWE.


The Japanese Lightning Bolt has been impressive since arriving in NXT last spring, but championship gold has eluded him so far. Can Kushida reverse his fortunes in the tournament?

Drake Maverick
Maverick is no stranger to the Cruiserweight Division, but now he'll be in contention for its top title. Can the former 24/7 Champion add another title to his resume?

Tony Nese
The Premier Athlete captured the Cruiserweight Championship on The Grandest Stage of Them all last year. Can he add a second reign at the conclusion of this tournament?

Jake Atlas
This California native reported to the WWE Performance Center in January. The 25-year-old will certainly be out to make waves as he gets started in NXT.


Isaiah "Swerve" Scott
Since his arrival in the Cruiserweight Division, Scott has been out to show the NXT Universe that it's "Swerve's House." What better way to accomplish that than by becoming Interim NXT Cruiserweight Champion?

El Hijo del Fantasma
The second-generation luchador will make his NXT debut in the tournament. How will this world-renowned high flyer fare on the black-and-gold brand?

Akira Tozawa
A Cruiserweight Division original, Tozawa will be looking to add a second reign as champion to his name.

Gentleman Jack Gallagher
Along with his new ink, Gallagher has unleashed a more ruthless side of himself in recent weeks. Will that pay off for him in this tournament?

Each of the superstars in each group will face each other in the round-robin style tournament, with the wrestlers from each group with the best record facing each other to decide the winner. The tournament begins on this Wednesday's episode of NXT on USA. That airs the same time as AEW Dynamite, so if you're anything like us, you'll have to watch it on DVR.

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