Kushida Steals Cruiserweight Championship From Santos Escobar in Huge Upset on WWE NXT

Published 04/14/2021, 8:23 AM EDT


Santos Escobar settled his rivalry with Jordan Devlin once and for all to claim the title of the Undisputed NXT Cruiserweight Champion at NXT TakeOver “Stand and Deliver”. After a long period of tension between the two over holding the same belts, they decided to settle the deal once and for all. 

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However, on the latest episode of NXT, Escobar proved that winners are the most vulnerable after their victory, after he shockingly dropped his title to Kushida in one of the biggest upsets so far this year. 

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Escobar, confident after his victory over Devlin, threw an open challenge to the NXT roster and placed his Championship on the line for the same. Seeing this golden opportunity, Kushida stepped up and kicked the Champion out of the sky. 

Following a series of roll-up pins, the Japanese superstar caught Escobar with his weight long enough for the three-count. The undisputed Champion was kicked off his throne and even though Kushida stole the victory away, it still counts as a win. 

Escobar was humbled by this valiant display of genius by Kushida, and will undoubtedly learn from this mistake. However, he will be forced to accept that his efforts at Takeover are now in vain.

Kushida is not the first to humble a Champion in WWE

WWE has a long history of upsets when it comes to overconfident Champions. There have been several instances when an open challenge has gone wrong, and this is in no case the first time it has happened. 

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During her dominant reign as WWE Divas Champion, AJ Lee assumed she was invincible and made the mistake of putting her title on the line against NXT call-up Paige. Lee lost her title in one of the biggest upsets in WWE history as Paige sealed the victory. 

At SummerSlam 2017, Sasha Banks defeated Alexa Bliss by submission to become the new Raw Women’s Champion, much to the joy of fans. However, Alexa Bliss challenged and defeated ‘The Boss’ on Raw the following week, humbling the overconfident Champion. 

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Charlotte Flair also dropped her newly won title to Bayley in 2019, which marked the beginning of the latter’s heel run. The list goes on and it’s no doubt that new Champions forget the fact that their opponent is dangerous and can do as much as them inside the ring. 

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Luke Dias is a senior WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports, having published more than 1000 articles on professional wrestling. Having completed courses in Advanced Writing from the University of California and Media and Ethics from the University of Amsterdam, Luke is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in Journalism from Xavier’s College. His tremendous knowledge of WWE history enables him to make past connections, adding depth to the articles.

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