Solo Sikoa Stripped of WWE NXT North American Title, Shawn Michaels Books Big Halloween Havoc Match

Solo Sikoa Stripped of WWE NXT North American Title, Shawn Michaels Books Big Halloween Havoc Match

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The WWE NXT North American title is now vacant.

In last week’s NXT 2.0 One Year Anniversary episode, Solo Sikoa captured the NXT North American title by defeating Carmelo Hayes. Fans voted for Wes Lee as Hayes’ challenger earlier in the evening, but Hayes and Trick Williams attacked Lee backstage and Solo later took the step to challenge Hayes in the main event.

However, tonight’s NXT show opened with Sikoa and Hayes backstage with WWE Hall of Famer & Senior Vice President of Talent Development Creative Shawn Michaels. Michaels gave them props to last week’s match and thanked Sikoa for filling in, but said Sikoa had to hand over the title because the match result can’t stand because he wasn’t the challenger that fans chose.

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Sikoa handed over the title to Michaels and Michaels wished him the best of luck on RAW, SmackDown and wherever he ends up. Hayes asked Michaels to hand him the title, but Michaels said Hayes tried to outsmart the system and was burned. Michaels respected that Hayes was cocky and arrogant, but he told him that every time he thinks he’s bigger than the company, the company will punch him in the face, and that’s what it did. Michaels then announced that a 5-Man Ladder Match will take place at Halloween Havoc to crown the new NXT North American Champion.

This was Sikoa’s first reign with the NXT North American title. He held the belt for 6 acknowledged days.

Hayes will be one of the participants in the Ladder Match and qualifiers will be held to determine the other participants.

Sikoa was recently called up to SmackDown to join The Bloodline. He made his first and only NXT North American title defense during last week’s SmackDown, retaining Madcap Moss. Sikoa also held the title when he joined Undisputed WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns, Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions The Usos, Paul Heyman and Sami Zayn at last Saturday’s press conference in Las Vegas to watch the Logan Paul vs. Reigns match at WWE Crown Jewel to be announced.

The 2022 NXT “TakeOver: Halloween Havoc” Premium Live Event is scheduled for Saturday, October 22 from the WWE Performance Center in Orlando. WWE is expected to announce matches soon.

Below are related shots from tonight’s NXT opening segment:

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