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Jordan Devlin returning to action on NXT UK next week


Jordan Devlin is returning to the ring on next week's episode of NXT UK.

It was announced during this week's NXT UK that Devlin will be in action on NXT UK next Thursday (October 29). His opponent for the show wasn't revealed.

For the first time since an allegation that was made against him during the #SpeakingOut movement this June, Devlin returned to WWE television in a video that aired on NXT UK last week. Devlin called his NXT Cruiserweight Championship the real version of the title and said Santos Escobar's NXT Cruiserweight Championship is just a replica that doesn't mean a thing.

Devlin won the NXT Cruiserweight Championship at Worlds Collide this January. With him unable to travel and defend the title due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a tournament was held to crown an interim champion. WWE dropped the interim branding by the end of the tournament and has listed Escobar and Devlin as both being NXT Cruiserweight Champion.

During the #SpeakingOut movement, a woman named Hannah alleged that Devlin had physically abused her. She tweeted photos of bruises on her lower body and wrote: "This is scary. I'm really scared. Jordan Devlin did this to me. And this is just the physical damage. Not including my arse and back bruises....because I don't fancy posting that online."

Following the accusation, WWE issued a statement saying that they take any allegation of this nature very seriously and were looking into the matter. Devlin posted a statement on Twitter denying the allegation: "I didn't even want to address the hurtful allegation made against me, but for the sake of my followers and friends on this platform that may for whatever reason be unsure, I'm going to address this once. The recent allegation made against me is completely and utterly false and I deny it entirely. This is a case of a malicious personal agenda being executed against me on the back of a very brave telling of true experiences by other women. I completely denounce it. This is all I will say on the matter, and I am now working with a legal team to help decide how to proceed from here."

NXT UK returned with new in-ring action last month after being on hiatus since March due to the pandemic.

Next Thursday's NXT UK is airing at 4 p.m. EST/8 p.m. GMT. The show will be headlined by WALTER defending his NXT United Kingdom Championship against Ilja Dragunov. Mark Andrews & Flash Morgan Webster will also confront Eddie Dennis on the episode.