Bron Breakker: My Title Win Wasn't The Nail In The Coffin For WWE NXT Veterans

What next for Ciampa?

Before his NXT Title match against Tommaso Ciampa at New Year's Evil, Bron Breakker symbolically destroyed the old NXT, splitting an old NXT logo in half as he made his way to the ring. 

The Big Bad Booty Nephew then cemented the beginning of a new era for the developmental brand, defeating Ciampa to kick off his first reign as NXT Champion.

Even before Ciampa's loss, several stars of the black-and-gold era of NXT had already departed WWE or been released, with the likes of Adam Cole, Kyle O'Reilly, Johnny Gargano and Keith Lee having all left the company in 2021.

Although Ciampa remained with WWE, he was first a part of the losing Team Black-and-Gold at WarGames in November and he has now dropped the title to a future star in Bron Breakker, leaving his future in NXT unclear. 

Despite this, Bron Breakker doesn't think his title win means the end for NXT veterans like Ciampa on the Tuesday night show.

"I don't think it's a nail in the coffin or anything like that. We're just shifting from black and gold to 2.0. Tommaso is going to be around. I'm sure that he and I will cross paths again. That will happen at some point in time whether it's now or later. It's going to happen again. I'm looking forward to it. It's just a shift. Those guys are going to be here. I'm fully aware that they're here. It ain't going anywhere," Breakker told Shakiel Mahjouri of CBS Sports.

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