Huge NXT Championship Match Announced Before Takeover, Shawn Michaels As Special Ref

Before either man gets to next month's NXT Takeover: War Games, Adam Cole and Drew McIntyre have a huge match the night prior.

WWE announced that November 17's San Antonio live event will feature NXT Champion Drew McIntyre facing Adam Cole in a championship match. Serving as special guest referee will be WWE Hall of Famer and San Antonio legend Shawn Michaels. You can see the announcement below. 

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Adam Cole and The Undisputed ERA have vowed to shock the system of NXT, and the unlawful collective will get a chance to do just that when Cole challenges NXT Champion Drew McIntyre for the title at NXT Live in San Antonio on Friday, Nov. 17.

Not only that, but San Antonio native son and WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels will serve as the match’s special guest referee.

The newly confirmed NXT Title Match is slated for NXT’s return to the Aztec Theatre, just one night before NXT TakeOver: WarGames comes to the Toyota Center in Houston.

Cole, who made his shocking NXT debut in August by ambushing McIntyre moments after he won the NXT Title, recently commented on his championship ambitions in an interview with

“As far as Drew, he's an impressive athlete,” Cole said. “Drew had been chasing that NXT Championship, and he finally achieved his dream. I almost feel bad for the guy. I feel bad that after all that hard work, all the sacrifice, it's going to be taken away by me. And there's not a damn thing he can do about it.”

Cole made his first NXT appearance this summer, attacking McIntyre after a title defese at NXT Takeover: Brooklyn. will have a full report of the event the night of the show. 

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