Balor, Ciampa Listed as Co-Favorites

Tommaso Ciampa screaming

Tommaso Ciampa
is a co-favorite to win the Fatal 4-Way on Tuesday's NXT show. Photo by Mandy Leon (creative commons).

  • Karrion Kross was forced to vacate the NXT Championship due to injury last Wednesday
  • A 60-minute Iron Man Fatal 4-Way will be held on WWE NXT on September 1 to determine a new champ
  • Who do betting odds favor emerging victorious? Find out below

The main event of WWE NXT TakeOver XXX saw Karrion Kross defeat Keith Lee to capture the NXT Championship. Unfortunately, Kross suffered a separated shoulder right and is expected to be out of action for the foreseeable future.

That led NXT general manager William Regal to announcing a Fatal 4-Way match for the vacant title, set to take place on the upcoming episode of WWE NXT this Tuesday night (Aug. 26) on USA Network. The match will feature four of the greatest competitors in the history of the black-and-gold brand: Adam Cole, Finn Balor, Johnny Gargano, and Tommaso Ciampa.

Who Will Win the 60-Minute Iron Man Fatal 4-Way Match?

Finn Balor+150
Tommaso Ciampa+150
Adam Cole+250
Johnny Gargano+350

Odds taken August 31st.

The matchup will be contested under 60-minute Iron Man rules, meaning the wrestler to score the most pinfall and submission victories within the hour will be deemed the new champion.

The stakes will be higher than they’ve ever been before, and ahead of the epic encounter, Balor and Ciampa are neck-and-neck in the betting odds

Although everyone involved has a realistic chance of walking out with the gold in their grasp, Balor and Ciampa being listed as the co-favorites should come as no surprise to anyone who has been paying close attention to the NXT product lately.

Balor has been doing excellent work for the black-and-gold brand in the last year but has yet to receive a run with the top title, at least not since winning it originally in July 2015. With Keith Lee now on Raw and everyone else in this match being a heel, this would be the perfect opportunity to put the belt back on The Prince and cement him as NXT’s new top face until someone else can rise up.

Meanwhile, Ciampa recently returned from a two-month hiatus and made a major impact upon coming back, brutalizing beloved babyface Jake Atlas. That seemed to confirm his status as a heel, and considering he was never beaten for the belt in the first place, he’s arguably the best choice to come out on top on Tuesday night and begin his second stint as NXT champion.

From there, Balor and Ciampa can continue to feud with Balor in chase mode heading into the next TakeOver special, whenever that may be. It’s entirely possible NXT goes with Balor in this bout just to give viewers the feel-good moment, but Ciampa is the stronger option of the two.

As for Cole and Gargano, there is little reason to bet on them at long odds. Cole is coming off a year-long reign as champ and has no reason to regain it at this point. In fact, an imminent main roster call-up (along with the rest of Undisputed Era) is more likely for him than re-entering the NXT Championship.

Finally, Gargano’s NXT title reign was cut short last year, so him pulling out the surprise win at +350 isn’t impossible. He has nothing else of importance going on at the moment, but it wouldn’t be as exciting of an outcome than if Balor or Ciampa were to win.

Ciampa is the safest choice to reign supreme as of now, but regardless of the result, this Fatal 4-Way is bound to be nothing short of spectacular.

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Graham “GSM” Matthews

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