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Karrion Kross relinquishes NXT Championship due to injury

The separated shoulder that Karrion Kross suffered at TakeOver XXX has forced him to vacate the NXT Championship.

After defeating Keith Lee to win the title in the main event of Saturday's TakeOver, Kross opened tonight's episode of NXT and revealed that he has to vacate the NXT Championship due to injury. Kross ended his promo by issuing a warning. He said this changes absolutely nothing and doomsday is still coming to NXT. Kross and Scarlett then left the NXT title belt in the ring with an hourglass.

Kross said he's in searing pain due to the injury, but he loves it and it brings him life. But Kross said he's a realist and knows that WWE won't let him defend the NXT Championship in this condition.

Triple H tweeted after tonight's opening segment: "A difficult moment for @WWEKarrionKross, but the greatest comebacks come from the harshest falls. @Lady_Scarlett13. The clock to the return starts...now. #TickTock #WWENXT"

WWE announced after TakeOver XXX that Kross suffered a separated acromioclavicular joint during his match against Lee and would be having an MRI done on Monday. Prior to getting the MRI, Kross had told ESPN that he didn't expect to miss significant time due to the injury.

ESPN wrote that the injury happened when Kross took a clothesline from Lee near the ropes and his shoulder took the brunt of Lee's momentum.