NXT Cruiserweight Championship Bout Added To NXT TakeOver 31, Updated Card

Santos Escobar will defend his NXT Cruiserweight Championship at TakeOver 31.

WWE announced Escobar will put his title on the line against old foe Isaiah "Swerve" Scott this Sunday. Scott previously defeated Escobar in the NXT Cruiserweight Title tournament round-robin matches.

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Isaiah “Swerve” Scott is the only man to defeat Santos Escobar since Escobar’s arrival in NXT. Can “Swerve” topple the leader of Legado del Fantasma for the third time at NXT TakeOver 31 and become NXT Cruiserweight Champion?

Scott defeated the then-masked Escobar during the NXT Cruiserweight Title Tournament and later pinned him in a Six-Man Street Fight alongside Breezango against Legado del Fantasma.

But when the time came for Scott’s first title opportunity, Escobar headbutted him while wearing what appeared to be a loaded lucha mask to retain his championship.

With the benefit of a second chance, will Scott make the NXT Cruiserweight division “Swerve’s house,” or will Escobar’s reign continue?

Be sure to tune in to NXT this Wednesday night as we'll hear from both the champion and the challenger ahead of their clash. And don’t miss NXT TakeOver 31, streaming live Sunday, Oct. 4, at 7 ET/4 PT on the award-winning WWE Network!

With the NXT Cruiserweight Title bout official, here is a look at the updated card for TakeOver 31:

NXT Championship
Finn Balor (c) vs. Kyle O'Reilly

NXT North American Championship
Damian Priest (c) vs. Johnny Gargano

NXT Women's Championship
Io Shirai (c) vs. Candice LeRae

Kushida vs. The Velveteen Dream

NXT Cruiserweight Championship
Santos Escobar (c) vs. Isaiah "Swerve" Scott

Fightful will have live coverage of NXT TakeOver 31 on Sunday beginning at 7 p.m. ET.

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