Carmelo Hayes crowned NXT Champion at Stand & Deliver

April 2, 2023 0 By JohnValbyNation

Melo is the new top champion in NXT.

Saturday's NXT Stand & Deliver event ended with Carmelo Hayes defeating Bron Breakker to win the NXT Championship. This is Hayes' first reign with the title. He previously held the NXT North American Championship twice.

The finish of Breakker and Hayes' match involved interference by Trick Williams. After being ejected from ringside earlier in the match, Williams reemerged and hit Breakker with the NXT Championship belt.

Hayes visually tapped out when Breakker had him in the Steiner Recliner, but the referee was down after a ref bump. Williams then ran in and hit Breakker with the title belt. Williams put Hayes in position to pin Breakker, but the referee was slow to make the count and Breakker was able to kick out. Hayes then countered a press slam attempt and hit Nothing But Net to win the NXT Championship.

Despite the interference, Breakker still showed respect to Hayes after the match. Breakker handed the NXT Championship to Hayes and raised his arm.

With Stand & Deliver being held in Los Angeles, Hayes wore Lakers-inspired gear that paid tribute to Kobe Bryant.

The loss ends Breakker's NXT Championship reign just short of the one-year mark. It was his second time holding the title.

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