WWE Sets Match for NXT Champ Carmelo Hayes' First Title Challenger

Carmelo Hayes' first NXT title challenger to be determined.

by Atia Mukhtar
WWE Sets Match for NXT Champ Carmelo Hayes' First Title Challenger

At WWE's NXT Stand and Deliver event, Carmelo Hayes triumphed over Bron Breakker to become the new NXT Champion, ending Breakker's lengthy title reign. With Hayes now holding the prestigious championship, WWE's developmental brand is actively searching for his first title challenger.

To determine who will face Hayes, WWE has announced a Fatal Four-Way #1 Contender's Match for next week's NXT episode. The announcement came through an official tweet that said, "With a new NXT champion, we need a new No. 1 contender...

A Fatal 4-Way Match will occur this Tuesday to determine who faces @Carmelo_WWE at #NXTSpringBreakin'!" WWE has not disclosed the competitors' names in the upcoming Fatal Four-Way match. Additionally, the date for NXT Spring Breakin' has yet to be confirmed, though if it follows last year's pattern, an early May date seems plausible, considering that 2022's Spring Breakin' event took place on May 3.

Speculations are rife regarding the potential challengers for Hayes' NXT Championship.

One crucial question is whether Breakker will try to reinsert himself into the title picture following his recent championship loss. It is important to note that after his defeat, Breakker turned heel during the closing moments of this past Tuesday's NXT episode.

In a recent update, WWE has revealed Dragon Lee as the first potential challenger for Hayes' title, confirming his participation in the Fatal Four-Way match. The remaining contenders are yet to be announced.

Controversy Surrounding Carmelo Hayes' Win

Carmelo Hayes' victory over Breakker at Stand and Deliver was not without controversy, as Trick Williams played a crucial role in the match's outcome.

Williams intervened during the final moments, striking Breakker in the back of the head with the NXT Championship. This created an opportunity for Hayes to capitalize and secure the win. Before capturing the top title in NXT's men's division, Hayes was a two-time North American Champion and was the final Cruiserweight Champion in the brand's history.

With the upcoming Fatal Four-Way #1 Contender's Match scheduled for next week, WWE fans eagerly await the remaining participants' announcement. It remains to be seen who will emerge as the new No. 1 contender for Carmelo Hayes' NXT Championship and face him at the highly anticipated NXT Spring Breakin' event.

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