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NXT’s taking a different approach with their Interim Cruiserweight Championship Tournament

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Most of the time when WWE does a tournament, they set it up in the “win and move on” style that’s popular in American sports. A bracket is released, you can make your picks, and follow your favorites as they move closer to the middle.

For the tourney they’re holding to crown an interim NXT Cruiserweight champ (necessitated due to reigning titleholder Jordan Devlin being grounded in his native Ireland due to the pandemic), they’re breaking the mold and using a group pool format often used in international competitions, and used for perhaps wrestling’s most famous tournament, New Japan’s G1 Climax.

They’ll announce the competitors who will wrestle on another in each of the two groups tomorrow (Sun., April 12), but they’ve announced the other details today:

-Eight Superstars will be split into two groups of four.

-Superstars will compete against each of the three other members of their group.

-The Superstar with the best record in each group will advance to the championship match.

-Any ties will be broken by head-to-head record.

-The winner of Group A will face the winner of Group B to determine the new Interim NXT Cruiserweight Champion.

In addition to just being different, this will allow Triple H & team to string out the action across even more weeks. That’s useful while operating with just a portion of the roster in Orlando due to the “current circumstances”.

The tournament starts on the April 15 episode of NXT.

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