Andrade “Cien” Almas laid out NXT Champion Drew McIntyre in the middle of the ring

NXT Champion Drew McIntyre and Andrade "Cien" Almas get into a wild brawl: WWE NXT, Nov. 15, 2017

Drew McIntyre and Andrade "Cien" Almas throw hands just three days before their NXT Title Match at TakeOver: WarGames. Video courtesy of the award-winning WWE Network.

NXT Champion Drew McIntyre was adamant about giving credit to Andrade “Cien” Almas’ business advisor Zelina Vega for getting her client an NXT Championship Match this Saturday at TakeOver: WarGames.

However, it was hard to miss the lack of respect shown by McIntyre for his challenger’s actions over the past few weeks. Instead of confronting the titleholder himself, Almas let Vega do his dirty work, as she was the one who demanded a title opportunity for her client. Either way, Almas secured his NXT Championship opportunity in Houston this Saturday, and tonight he showed that he was capable of leaving McIntyre down for the three-count.

After being called out by the champion, Almas rushed the ring and began brawling with his opponent for this Saturday. The NXT Champion initially had the upper hand, until Vega soared through the air to try to hit a cross-body on McIntyre, only to be caught by the champion and placed down. Almas took full advantage of this distraction, taking out the titleholder’s knee as his back was turned.

The challenger proceeded to beat down McIntyre before hitting his trademark hammerlock DDT. Vega and Almas stood tall above the fallen NXT Champion, leaving many to wonder if we are getting a preview of the NXT Title’s future.

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