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Tommaso Ciampa to challenge for NXT title at TakeOver: Portland


Tommaso Ciampa is officially getting a shot at the title he never lost.

On tonight's NXT, it was confirmed that Ciampa will challenge Adam Cole for the NXT Championship at TakeOver: Portland. The special is taking place at the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon on Sunday, February 16.

WWE had advertised that William Regal would reveal Cole's challenger for TakeOver on NXT tonight. Ciampa did an interview on the show and said the NXT title is coming home to him at TakeOver.

Ciampa walked out of the interview with a lead pipe, and he attacked the other members of Undisputed Era with it backstage. Cole then went to confront Ciampa. William Regal said he had been in his office with Cole -- and Cole doesn't care who he faces at TakeOver. Regal said Cole had already signed the contract and Regal was coming to give Ciampa the opportunity to sign it.

Cole grabbed the contract instead and went down to the ring. He hit Ciampa with the microphone when Ciampa charged at him. They brawled, with Ciampa powerbombing Cole through a table that he had set up in the ring.

Ciampa went to sign the contract, but the crowd chanted for him to use the blood on his forehead. Ciampa then wiped his blood on the contract. 

Ciampa had to vacate the NXT Championship when he underwent neck surgery last March. Johnny Gargano defeated Cole to win the vacant title at NXT TakeOver: New York in April, but Cole then won the title from Gargano at TakeOver: XXV in June.

Bianca Belair will challenge for Rhea Ripley's NXT Women's Championship at TakeOver: Portland. Gargano vs. Finn Balor is also set for the show, and the winner of tonight's Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic finals will challenge for Kyle O'Reilly & Bobby Fish's NXT Tag Team titles.