NXT has a fairly large collection of titles and the promotion has done a great job of making them seem that much more important. An NXT championship feels like something that matters more than almost anything on Monday Night Raw or SmackDown and that is a very welcome change. It makes the title changes feel all the more important and that was on display during the second half of a pair big big shows.
There were two title changes during the second night of NXT Takeover: Stand & Deliver. First up, Santos Escobar defeated Jordan Devlin in a ladder match to become the undisputed NXT Cruiserweight Champion. This comes after Escobar became the Interim Cruiserweight Champion due to Devlin being forced to stay in the United Kingdom due to Coronavirus quarantines.
The win ends Devlin’s reign at over a year, which was the longest reign in the history of the Cruiserweight Title, dating all the way back to its time in WCW as well as WWE. Devlin will now move back to NXT UK, as he mentioned that he planned to do during this week’s edition of NXT UK. It is not clear if he will be appearing in the American version of NXT as well going forward.
The second title change saw Karrion Kross defeat Finn Balor with a running forearm to the back of the head. Kross was challenging for the title after being forced to vacate the title due to injury without ever having lost it in the first place. Balor won the vacant title in November and has held it since, only to have Kross challenge him for a title match last month.
This win makes Kross a two time champion, marking only the fourth person to regain the championship, along with Shinsuke Nakamura, Samoa Joe and Balor. Kross first defeated Keith Lee for the title at Takeover: XXX in August 2020. Despite being a two time champion, Kross still has the fewest combined days in the history of the title and the 18 different people to hold the title.
It was a big night. Check out the title matches: