Drake Maverick Awarded NXT Contract Despite Losing in Cruiserweight Finals


It looks like NXT’s Drake Maverick isn’t going anywhere. 

After losing to El Hijo del Fantasma in the finals of the NXT Cruiserweight Tournament, Maverick was teary-eyed after the match, as ringside NXT wrestlers gave him a nice sendoff. 

But enter Paul “Triple H” Levesque, WWE Executive Vice President of Global Talent Strategy & Development, and founder of NXT.

He proceeded to meet Maverick at the top of the ramp and gave him a heartfelt hug. Then, Triple H handed the scrappy, dynamic grappler a new NXT contract to sign. Therefore, extending his stay on the black and gold brand. 

WWE released Maverick on April 15th as part of company-wide Coronavirus cuts. But WWE had already announced his entry into the tournament and permitted the ex-TNA star, formerly known as Rockstar Spud, to continue to wrestle in the competition.

The storyline went as follows, that in order for him to remain with the company, Maverick needed to win the NXT Cruiserweight tournament. 

Maverick lost the opening round, but valiantly battle his way to the final round before losing to the legendary Mexican luchador. 

Jordan Devlin held the NXT Cruiserweight Champion prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, Devlin has been stuck in the United Kingdom since the pandemic began and hasn’t been able to return to the United States ever since. 

Sources say that WWE re-signed Maverick for less money. But, in my opinion, I believe that he’ll get the chance to prove his worth, as Maverick, whose real name is James Michael Curtin, is a talented wrestler. 

— Jerry Del Priore 

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