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New NXT Champion to be crowned at TakeOver: New York

Note: the following post contains spoilers from tonight’s NXT tapings at Full Sail University.

The fate of the NXT title match at Takeover: New York has been determined, as a new challenger will face Johnny Gargano for the vacant title.

Triple H made the announcement at tonight's NXT TV tapings at Full Sail University. He opened the show carrying the NXT Championship with him. He announced that a fatal five-way match between Ricochet, Adam Cole, Aleister Black, Velveteen Dream and Matt Riddle would take place tonight, and the winner of that match would face Gargano at TakeOver in a 2 out of 3 falls match.

The match was won by Adam Cole, who pinned Ricochet with a shining wizard to advance. 

Tomasso Ciampa, the previous champion, underwent neck surgery last week and will be out of action for the foreseeable future. The feud between former tag team partners Gargano and Ciampa came to a head at the last set of tapings, coming to blows after a temporary reunification. It was previously set to lead to a singles match between the two at TakeOver.

The former DIY had also been called up to the WWE main roster last month and had been appearing on television as tag team partners until Ciampa was taken off the road towards the end of February due to injury. Gargano hasn’t been on main roster television since.