NXT Cruiserweight champion Jordan Devlin is unable to travel as a result of the restrictions in place due to the coronavirus pandemic. Rather than strip Devlin of the belt, however, WWE will be crowning an "interim" champion, similar to what UFC does when a reigning champion is unable to defend their title for a period of time.
The interim champion will be crowned via an eight-man tournament, but it won't be your standard single elimination tourney.
NXT General Manager William Regal announced this past Wednesday on WWE’s The Bump that an Interim NXT Cruiserweight Champion will be crowned, as titleholder Jordan Devlin is unable to defend his championship due to current circumstances.
Now, the format for that tournament has been revealed. WWE.com has confirmed the following:
-Eight Superstars will be split into two groups of four.
-Superstars will compete against each of the three other members of their group.
-The Superstar with the best record in each group will advance to the championship match.
-Any ties will be broken by head-to-head record.
-The winner of Group A will face the winner of Group B to determine the new Interim NXT Cruiserweight Champion.
The full groups will be revealed tomorrow on WWE.com and WWE’s social media platforms, so check back here for more information, and be sure to watch the start of the tournament on NXT, this Wednesday at 8/7 C on USA Network!