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Jordan Devlin Cruiserweight title defense set for next week's NXT UK

For the first time since returning to WWE television, Jordan Devlin will defend his version of the NXT Cruiserweight Championship next week.

WWE has announced that Devlin will defend his NXT Cruiserweight Championship against Amir Jordan on next Thursday's episode of NXT UK. The match was set up by a backstage segment that aired on NXT UK this week.

In the backstage segment, NXT UK assistant general manager Sid Scala announced that he and NXT UK general manager Johnny Saint have sanctioned defenses of Devlin's title. Devlin interrupted Scala and asked if he should be thankful for that. Devlin said they should be thanking him for winning the Cruiserweight Championship and all he's done for NXT UK.

Amir Jordan and Kenny Williams then walked up to Devlin and Scala. Williams said he picked up a little injury last week but will be happy to challenge Devlin once he's better. Jordan said Williams might be injured, but he's good to go. Jordan asked Williams if he was okay with Jordan challenging for the title. Devlin mocked Jordan for asking for permission. Devlin said he gets that Jordan is an ambitious guy and doesn't want to be in a tag team. Devlin said that whenever Jordan and Williams sort out their little odd couple pairing, whoever it is should come and challenge him.

WWE lists Santos Escobar and Devlin as both being NXT Cruiserweight Champions. Escobar's version of the title was introduced this spring when Devlin was unable to defend the championship due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Escobar's title was originally called the interim NXT Cruiserweight Championship, but WWE dropped the interim branding for the title during the tournament where Escobar was crowned champion.

Devlin returned to NXT UK TV last month for the first time since an allegation was made against him during the #SpeakingOut movement this June. NXT UK was on hiatus from March to September due to the pandemic.

Next Thursday's NXT UK will also feature A-Kid vs. Trent Seven in the finals of the Heritage Cup tournament.