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Cruiserweight title open challenge set for next week's NXT UK

Jordan Devlin's version of the NXT Cruiserweight Championship will be on the line in an open challenge on NXT UK next week.

On today's NXT UK episode, video of a promo aired where Devlin announced that he'll be defending his Cruiserweight title in open challenges starting on NXT UK next Thursday. Devlin said that whenever you see him in the ring, his title will be on the line against any man under 205 pounds. He challenged anyone to test themselves against the Irish Ace.

Devlin said people have asked him why he went to Sid Scala and told him to find challengers for his title. Devlin quoted Ric Flair by saying that to be the man -- you've got to beat the man. Devlin said as long as he has the title over his shoulder, you're looking at the man.

During the promo, Devlin called his title the one real version of the NXT Cruiserweight Championship. Devlin and Santos Escobar are both listed as Cruiserweight Champions by WWE.

Devlin won the NXT Cruiserweight Championship at Worlds Collide this January. With him unable to defend the title due to the COVID-19 pandemic, WWE announced a tournament to crown an interim champion. The interim branding was dropped during the tournament, which was won by Escobar this June.

Devlin returned to WWE television on NXT UK in October still claiming to be the real NXT Cruiserweight Champion. Last month, it was announced that Scala and NXT UK general manager Johnny Saint have sanctioned defenses of Devlin's title. Devlin retained against Amir Jordan on NXT UK last week.

Next Thursday's NXT UK episode will also feature the debut of Noam Dar's Supernova Sessions talk show segment.