The build to NXT's next TakeOver special officially kicked off last night.
After becoming a double champion two weeks ago, Keith Lee announced at the start of last night's NXT that he's vacated the North American Championship. Lee said he doesn't want to limit the roster's opportunities and wants everyone to get the same opportunities he had. Lee said he wants as many people as possible to get a chance to win the North American title.
NXT general manager William Regal announced that there will be a series of triple threat matches to determine the five participants for a ladder match to crown the new North American Champion at TakeOver XXX. The first triple threat match took place with Johnny Gargano, Roderick Strong, and Bronson Reed facing off last night.
Finn Balor vs. Dexter Lumis vs. Timothy Thatcher on next week's NXT will decide the second participant for the ladder match.
TakeOver XXX is set for Saturday, August 22.
WWE also continued heading into the direction of Lee defending his NXT Championship against Karrion Kross. Kross defeated Dominik Dijakovic in last night's main event. During the match, Kross put Dijakovic's head between the ring and the steel steps and then kicked the steps into Dijakovic's head. Lee came out to ringside as Kross was hitting strikes on a defenseless Dijakovic, but Dijakovic pleaded with him not to stop the match.
As Lee watched on, Kross locked Dijakovic in the Kross Jacket to get the win. Lee checked on Dijakovic after and had a staredown with Kross to close the show.
More coverage from last night --
- TakeOver XXX qualifying match announced for next week's NXT
- Two title matches set for next week's AEW Dynamite
- Sammy Guevara returns on AEW Dynamite
- AEW announces 'The Deadly Draw' women's tag team tournament
- Bronson Reed qualifies for NXT North American title ladder match
- Eddie Kingston answers Cody's TNT title challenge on AEW Dynamite
- Keith Lee vacates NXT North American title, ladder match set
- AEW Dynamite live results: Fight for the Fallen fallout
- WWE NXT live results: Kross vs. Dijakovic, 'huge announcement'
WWE NXT video highlights --
Keith Lee vacates the NXT North American Championship, ladder match set for TakeOver
Dexter Lumis vs. Killian Dain
Roderick Strong, Johnny Gargano, and Bronson Reed weigh in on their qualifying match
Dakota Kai says it felt so good to kick Io Shirai off her pedestal
Breezango vs. Ever-Rise
Dominik Dijakovic vows to knock Karrion Kross unconscious
Shotzi Blackheart vs. Aliyah
A special look at Isaiah "Swerve" Scott
TakeOver qualifying match: Johnny Gargano vs. Roderick Strong vs. Bronson Reed
Oney Lorcan vs. Timothy Thatcher
Mercedes Martinez joins the Robert Stone Brand
Finn Balor will face Dexter Lumis and Timothy Thatcher in next week's qualifying match
Dominik Dijakovic vs. Karrion Kross