Apollo Crews vs. Baron Corbin
Since arriving in NXT in August, the extra-powerful and extremely agile Crews has dominated, going on an impressive undefeated streak. It was a foregone conclusion that the newcomer would be included in an NXT Championship No. 1 Contender’s Battle Royal. Crews outlasted most of the NXT roster in the over-the-top-rope fracas, finding himself across the ring from Corbin in the end. After a hard-hitting fight, Crews staggered The Lone Wolf with a kick and clotheslined him out of the ring to earn a championship match, something a furious Corbin would not forget.
Facing NXT Champion Finn Bálor on Nov. 4, Crews was hanging tough, looking like he could pull off the biggest victory of his career. Unfortunately, Corbin wasn’t about to let that happen. He charged into the ring and went straight for Crews. The Lone Wolf pummeled Crews around ringside, eventually hurling him into the unforgiving steel ring steps.
Crews got a measure of retribution the following week, ambushing Corbin at the start of NXT. He ran The Lone Wolf into the ring post, sending Corbin scrambling for cover. Corbin did not take the attack lightly, issuing a challenge for TakeOver: London and promising that Crews would be a footnote in his rise to the top. Crews was more than ready to accept, setting the stage for a battle between two of NXT’s hottest prospects.
Who will continue his quest for glory in NXT across the pond: Apollo Crews or Baron Corbin? Find out at NXT TakeOver: London, live on WWE Network, Wednesday, Dec. 16, at a special start time of 3 p.m. ET/12 p.m. PT!