WWE has a big event planned for January 4th. New Year’s Evil will include several high-profile matches for the company’s developmental brand, including on title unification match between Roderick Strong and Carmelo Hayes.

Hayes is the North American Champion and he will battle Cruiserweight Champion Strong. The company will unify those titles and a new name was just reveled as a mash-up of the two previous championships.

The NXT North American Cruiserweight Title is going to be the result of that New Year’s Evil match. We can also expect that a new title design is on the way as well.

The company made this announcement today as part of the hype for their upcoming NXT 2.0 special event.


“Who is the premier champion of NXT, North American Champion Carmelo Hayes or Cruiserweight Champion Roderick Strong? Each Superstar has been claiming that his Championship is the top title in NXT and the time has come for these Superstars to put their money where their mouths are, by going title for title at New Year’s Evil. Since cashing in his NXT Breakout Tournament contract to swipe the North American Title, Hayes has been on a mission to elevate the title to the ‘A Championship’ of NXT. Meanwhile, Strong has been on the hunt for ‘Big Money Fights’ suspending the stipulations for the Cruiserweight Title to take on all competitors, including Odyssey Jones and Joe Gacy. With both Superstars declaring their superiority over NXT 2.0, it was only a matter of time before their paths crossed resulting in a ringside melee. Who will walk out of New Year’s Evil as the new NXT North American Cruiserweight Champion? Find out Jan. 4 at 8/7 C on USA!”

We will have to see who is the first to hold this new title. Roderick Strong and Carmelo Hayes will undoubtedly bring a fierce battle to NXT on Tuesday and we will have complete coverage here at Ringside News.

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