Leaving Survivor Series behind, WWE is gearing up for the Royal Rumble PPV to kick things off for 2018 Wrestlemania season. Only Smackdown Live will have another stop on December 17th in the form of Clash of Champions PPV whereas the other two brands, Raw and Smackdown will start building up the storylines for the first dual-brand event in 2018.
As of now, the NXT General Manager, William Regal has come up with a huge announcement for the next title match stored for the reigning champion, Cien Almas. The GM confirmed that due to the injury suffered by Drew McIntyre, he would not be able to claim his due rematch for the title.
In case you don’t know, the former NXT Champion suffered a bicep injury while competing in the NXT Takeover: WarGames title match against Cien Almas. It was the same night where the latter one won the championship to become the first-ever Latin-born NXT Champion in the history of the WWE. So, as for now, he will be looking forward to getting a new opponent.
— WWE NXT (@WWENXT) December 1, 2017
According to the announcement of the General Manager, there will be a series of matches on NXT. The winners of those matches will be competing in a fatal-4-way match to determine the number one contender for the NXT championships. Check out the details around these matchups clarified on WWE.com,
“Almas’ opponent will be decided based on a series of four singles matches, with the winners of those matches then competing in a Fatal 4-Way Match. The winner of that match will challenge Almas for the NXT Title at TakeOver: Philadelphia on Saturday, Jan. 27, at the Wells Fargo Center.
The four singles matches will be Kassius Ohno vs. Velveteen Dream, Aleister Black vs. Adam Cole, Killian Dain vs. Trent Seven and Roderick Strong vs. Lars Sullivan. Seven earned his way into the series of matches after winning a Battle Royal during an NXT Live event in Lakeland, FL.”
Previously, we expected Johny Gargano to feature in a singles contest against Almas for the NXT title when WWE returns to Philly for Royal Rumble weekend. But, with this announcement coming up, it is certain that we might get a new contender for the champion.