Having only been signed to WWE since this past Februrary, Karrion Kross has made a name for himself, along with Scarlet, as one of the most intense signees of the NXT brand in recent memory. At Takeover XXX, Kross defeated Keith Lee for the NXT Championship, but this first reign has been cut tragically short.
Announced the following night on social media, it was declared that Kross would miss considerable time due to a separated shoulder injury he sustained during his match with Lee and the title would be vacated.
What a HUGE announcement from @RealKingRegal!
NEXT TUESDAY NIGHT AT 8/7c on @USA_Network: @FinnBalor, @NXTCiampa, @AdamColePro and @JohnnyGargano will compete for the vacant #NXTTitle in a 4-Way 60-minute Iron Man Match! pic.twitter.com/h5U2Khjymp
— WWE (@WWE) August 27, 2020
This is the second time the title has been vacated due to a champion’s injury. The first being Tomasso Ciampa, in 2019, having to take almost a year off to have neck surgery. NXT management announced Wednesday night that the now vacant title would be decided next week in the first-ever four-way 60-minute Iron Man match. Those competitors are Finn Bálor, Adam Cole, Tomasso Ciampa, and Johnny Gargano.