5 Potential challengers for Adam Cole and the NXT Championship
The prophecy has finally become a reality. Last night at NXT Takeover XXV, Adam Cole defeated Johnny Gargano to capture the NXT Championship in what was a great follow-up to their epic 2 out of 3 falls match at NXT Takeover: New York. The Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, Connecticut came unglued as The Undisputed Era member pinned Johnny Gargano to win the title and become NXT's second Triple Crown Champion.
Ever since he made his debut at NXT Takeover: Brooklyn 3, Cole was destined for greatness in the black and gold brand. Over the past one and a half years, he has been the backbone of the brand, and along with the Undisputed Era, has become one of the top acts in all of wrestling.
But, now that he has become the NXT Champion, Cole would have to be at his best if he plans on having a lengthy and meaningful run with the top prize in the black and yellow brand. As he takes NXT into a new era, here are five potential challengers for Cole's NXT Championship:
#5 Matt Riddle
Last night at NXT Takeover: XXV, Matt Riddle finally got over Roderick Strong as he defeated The Undisputed Era member in the night's opening match. The Original Bro has had his share of problems with The Undisputed Era. Over the past few weeks, Riddle became a problem for The Era, interfering in their matches. Strong took out Riddle on the May 15th episode of NXT, but Riddle had the last laugh following his win last night.
Following his win over Strong, it goes without saying that Riddle will looking to vie for the NXT Championship next. Riddle has had an absolutely impeccable record in NXT so far with his only loss coming at NXT Takeover: New York against The Velveteen Dream. Riddle holds wins over the likes of Kassius Ohno, Punishment Martinez, and Luke Menzies, and he has been one of the most unique characters on the black and yellow brand.
Cole and Riddle are two of the most beloved superstars in NXT right now and it will be a treat to watch this duo clash for the brand's top prize: the NXT Championship. If their previous matches are anything to go by, this will be a five-star classic for sure.