WWE NXT notes: Tiebreaker for Cruiserweight Title tourney, Riddle vs. Thatcher, TakeOver

At the conclusion of the 5/20 episode of NXT, challenges were issued for TakeOver, a tiebreaker was set up for the interim NXT Cruiserweight Championship tournament and Matt Riddle and Tim Thatcher will meet next week in a Cage Fight.

At the conclusion of the May 20th episode of NXT on the USA Network, multiple matches were set up for next week and challenges were made for NXT TakeOver: In Your House on June 7th. Drake Maverick was able to defeat KUSHIDA in the interim NXT Cruiserweight Title tournament which gave him a 2-1 record and that tied him with KUSHIDA and Jake Atlas in group A. It was then made official that next week, KUSHIDA, Atlas and Maverick will compete in a three-way match to determine who moves on to the finals of the tournament to take on group B winner El Hijo del Fantasma.

After scoring a victory over Akira Tozawa, del Fantasma gave Tozawa his props in the parking lot before Tozawa was ambushed by the masked men. When Fantasma got out of his car, the masked men ran away.


Mia Yim was able to pick up a victory over Santana Garrett and after the match, she was confronted by Johnny Gargano and Candice LeRae. Yim attempted to fight the duo off but the numbers advantage got to her. The NXT North American Champion Keith Lee came to Yim’s aid and in a backstage promo, Lee issued a challenge to Johnny Gargano for TakeOver.

After their fall out last week on NXT, Timothy Thatcher issued a challenge to Matt Riddle which will take place on next week’s show. Riddle and Thatcher will meet in a Cage Fight and the only way to win is to knock out or submit your opponent.

Before the show began, there was a tribute to the late Shad Gaspard. There was also another challenge issued for TakeOver as Damian Priest called out Finn Balor after revealing himself as Balor’s attacker last week.

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