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Karrion Kross returning to action on WWE NXT

For the first time since having to relinquish the NXT Championship this August, Karrion Kross is returning to in-ring action.

WWE has announced that Kross will return to the ring on NXT this coming Wednesday (December 16). His opponent for the show hasn't been revealed.

After his return was teased at NXT TakeOver: WarGames, Kross appeared on NXT this week and attacked Damian Priest. Priest had insulted Kross and Scarlett earlier in the episode.

NXT Champion Finn Balor opened this week's NXT with a promo before being interrupted by Pete Dunne, Kyle O'Reilly, and Priest. Scarlett then also confronted Balor. Balor told her to tell Kross that whenever he's ready, Balor's ready.

Priest then asked Scarlett if she usually tells Kross to wait in the car while she handles his business. Priest said if Kross wants to pick a fight, all he has to do is step up to Priest like a man. Kross later ambushed Priest and put him through a table.

Kross won the NXT Championship from Keith Lee at TakeOver XXX this August but had to relinquish the title just days later due to suffering a separated shoulder during the match where he won the title. A four-way Iron Man match between Balor, Adam Cole, Johnny Gargano, and Tommaso Ciampa was then made to decide the new champion. It ended in a tie between Balor and Cole, leading to a singles match where Balor defeated Cole to become NXT Champion.

O'Reilly is facing Dunne in a number one contender's match on this coming Wednesday's NXT to decide Balor's challenger for New Year's Evil. New Year's Evil is taking place on Wednesday, January 6 and will be the first NXT episode of 2021.

Leon Ruff & Kushida vs. Johnny Gargano & Austin Theory is also set for this coming Wednesday's NXT. Prior to the angle where Kross returned and attacked Priest, it was initially said that Priest would be teaming with Ruff in that match.