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Gacy to challenge for Cruiserweight title at WWE NXT WarGames


Joe Gacy is getting a Cruiserweight title shot at NXT WarGames.

WWE has announced that Roderick Strong will defend his NXT Cruiserweight Championship against Gacy at NXT WarGames on Sunday, December 5. The show will air live on Peacock/WWE Network.

Gacy interrupted Strong and his Diamond Mine stablemates while Malcolm Bivens was cutting a promo on NXT last week. On tonight's show, Gacy was set to face LA Knight until Knight was attacked by Grayson Waller. Gacy started to speak in the ring but was then confronted by Diamond Mine.

Bivens said Diamond Mine was going to steal the spotlight from Gacy like he did to them last week. Bivens wanted Gacy to get out of the ring so that Diamond Mine's Ivy Nile could have her match, but Gacy refused.

Gacy, who plays a woke heel in NXT, said he has no respect for Strong. Gacy said Strong's name alone is an example of toxic masculinity, and the NXT Cruiserweight Championship is an example of exclusivity and weight shaming. Gacy said the Cruiserweight division is meant to divide.

Strong told Bivens to make it so his next title defense would be against Gacy. Bivens announced that the match would be happening at WarGames.

Gacy thanked Bivens and said he looks forward to resolving this issue together as one. Bivens wanted Julius & Brutus Creed to attack Gacy, but he called them off after Gacy's associate Harland appeared.

Strong won the NXT Cruiserweight Championship from Kushida this September.

Ahead of WarGames, "Joe Gacy's all-inclusive invitational" will take place on NXT next Tuesday.

Here's the updated card for NXT WarGames:

  • WarGames match: Tommaso Ciampa, Johnny Gargano, Pete Dunne & LA Knight vs. Bron Breakker, Carmelo Hayes, Grayson Waller & Tony D'Angelo
  • WarGames match: Io Shirai, Raquel Gonzalez, Cora Jade & Kay Lee Ray vs. Mandy Rose, Gigi Dolin, Jacy Jayne & Dakota Kai
  • Hair vs. hair match: Cameron Grimes vs. Duke Hudson
  • NXT Cruiserweight Champion Roderick Strong defends against Joe Gacy
  • NXT Tag Team Champions Imperium (Marcel Barthel & Fabian Aichner) defend against either Kyle O'Reilly & Von Wagner or Legado del Fantasma's Raul Mendoza & Joaquin Wilde (O'Reilly & Wagner will face Mendoza & Wilde in a number one contender's match on NXT next Tuesday)