Carmelo Hayes Wins NXT North American Championship

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Carmelo Hayes Wins NXT North American Championship

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Carmelo Hayes won the NXT Breakout Tournament earlier this year, and cashed in on the chance to face Isaiah “Swerve” Scott tonight, shocking the champ to become the new NXT North American Champion.

Prior to Hayes cashing in, Scott successfully defended his title against Santos Escobar with a huge win that featured absolutely no help from Hit Row, who had been “abducted” prior to the show in an effort to prevent Swerve from gaining an upper hand. Swerve started out on fire, cutting off Escobar during his entrance and sending him into the steel steps before the match even began.

For Eddie. ❤️ #WWENXT #NXTNATitle @swerveconfident @EscobarWWE

— WWE (@WWE) October 13, 2021

Later in the match, Scott was nearly done for when Legado del Fantasma came down to the ring, but both Carmelo Hayes and Trick Williams ran down to offer some help. Swerve then threw Escobar into an exposed turnbuckle before hitting the JML Driver to retain the title. However, things fell apart for him from there.

Almost immediately after the match, Hayes dropped Scott with a huge right hand, and said he would be cashing in his title. After trying to hit a crossbody on Swerve though, Hayes was countered and dealt a huge kick to give Swerve a chance. Hayes wouldn’t be denied though, and landed a kick of his own that dropped Swerve and set Hayes up for a diving leg drop that he hit to become the new NXT North American Champion.

The show ended with Hayes celebrating the title, and likely marks the end of Swerve’s time in NXT. The now-former NXT North American Champion was recently drafted to Friday Night SmackDown, ending a tenure that was fairly successful for the superstar.

The #WWENXT ARENA IS ON THEIR FEET! 🏆 @Carmelo_WWE is your NEW #WWENXT #NorthAmerican Champion!!! #AndNew #NXTNATitle @_trickwilliams

— WWE (@WWE) October 13, 2021

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