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WWE announces Cruiserweight title match for NXT TakeOver 31

With the addition of a Cruiserweight title bout, the card for NXT TakeOver 31 now has five confirmed matches.

WWE announced today that Santos Escobar will defend his NXT Cruiserweight Championship against Isaiah "Swerve" Scott at TakeOver 31. The show is taking place this Sunday (October 4).

Scott is the only person to pin Escobar in WWE. He defeated Escobar in a group match during NXT's Cruiserweight Championship tournament and also pinned him during a six-man tag street fight on NXT earlier this month.

Scott unsuccessfully challenged for Escobar's Cruiserweight title on the August 26 episode of NXT, but the finish of that match was Escobar using a mask that was loaded with a weapon to headbutt Scott. In a video on NXT last week, Scott said he's not content with just having two wins over Escobar. Scott said he's the better competitor and challenged Escobar to face him again -- this time with no Legado del Fantasma or manipulated lucha masks. Scott vowed to become NXT Cruiserweight Champion the next time he faces Escobar.

WWE noted that we'll hear from both Escobar and Scott on this Wednesday's TakeOver 31 go-home episode of NXT.

Here's the updated card for TakeOver 31:

  • NXT Champion Finn Balor defends against Kyle O'Reilly
  • NXT Women's Champion Io Shirai defends against Candice LeRae
  • NXT North American Champion Damian Priest defends against Johnny Gargano
  • Kushida vs. Velveteen Dream
  • NXT Cruiserweight Champion Santos Escobar defends against Isaiah "Swerve" Scott