At TakeOver XXX in August, NXT crowned a new champion in the main event when Karrion Kross defeated Keith Lee. Reports started coming out the night of the show that Kross suffered a shoulder injury during the match, and on the following Wednesday’s show, he relinquished the title.
Last night (Oct. 4) during a stiff-looking, brilliant main event which saw Finn Bálor retain the NXT title over Kyle O’Reilly, both men were bloodied. Again, there was a report that the champ might have been legitimately hurt.
Triple H confirmed as much on his post-show media call. The Game revealed Bálor was en route to the hospital for jaw x-rays “to see what’s going on there.”
Finn was bleeding from the mouth in the later stages of the match, leading to WWE’s photos from the end to be published in black-and-white.
INCREDIBLE MATCH from START to FINISH.— WWE NXT (@WWENXT) October 5, 2020
Even though @KORcombat gave his all, it's @FinnBalor who still reigns as your #NXTChampion. #NXTTakeOver #NXTChampionship pic.twitter.com/7nN4vZMyMk
He was also selling a facial injury.
WWE.com issued an update on both TakeOver 31’s main eventers:
The main event of NXT TakeOver 31 was a brutal, hard-hitting battle for the NXT Championship between Finn Bálor and Undisputed ERA’s Kyle O’Reilly. In the aftermath of the grueling main event, it has become evident that both Superstars are worse for wear.
O’Reilly has a number of broken teeth as a result of the fight with The Prince, WWE.com has learned. O’Reilly is also being evaluated for additional injuries.
WWE.com can also report that Bálor has been taken to a local medical facility for CAT scans to determine if he suffered potential facial fractures in his successful title defense.
Triple H seemed optimistic about the black-and-gold brand rosters’ overall health, so hopefully Finn’s is the kind of broken jaw Drew McIntyre suffered on Raw after SummerSlam.
We’ll keep you posted.