Earlier in tonight's episode, we saw former Undisputed ERA member Roderick Strong enter the Performance Center with Marina Shafir, and their expressions looked a bit sullen. Now we know why, as later in the night NXT General Manager William Regal headed to his office and found Strong and Shafir there with an envelope. Regal read what it said and then asked Strong if he was sure. Strong said yes, and Regal said he was welcome back anytime and accepted what appeared to be his resignation
The official NXT account confirmed that is exactly what it was, so at least for now, it seems Strong's days as an NXT superstar are over. He doesn't reveal why during the segment, but there are a few ideas of what led to it.
.@roderickstrong has officially resigned from #WWENXT.
We'll miss you, Roddy. You're welcome back at any time. @RealKingRegal @MarinaShafir"
As for why he's leaving, it's most likely due to the fallout between Undisputed ERA. Strong, Bobby Fish, Adam Cole, and Kyle O'Reilly were brothers and claimed numerous titles between them, but that all changed when Cole turned on O'Reilly.
Cole would then apologize to Strong but that was a lie too, as he would then take down Strong and call him stupid. Then Strong tried to talk to O'Reilly, but he wasn't having it either, and Fish still out of action, it seems Strong was pretty much all on his own.
Time will tell if he comes back to NXT, but it will be interesting to see how it plays out.
Here's the official description for tonight's NXT.
"NXT Champion Karrion Kross opens up NXT, hear from new NXT Women's Champion Raquel Gonzalez, MSK defend the NXT Tag Team Titles against Killian Dain & Drake Maverick, Santos Escobar issues an open challenge for the NXT Cruiserwight Title and much more following the most-watched NXT TakeOver ever."
NXT Champion Karrion Kross Kicks Off The Show
NXT Cruiserweight Champion Santos Escobar Issues Open Challenge
MSK Defend Their Titles Against Killian Dain and Drake Maverick
Franky Money Arrives in NXT
Eight Man Tag: Shotzi Blackheart, Ember Moon, Bronson Reed, and Dexter Lumis vs The Way0comments
Leon Ruff vs Isaiah Swerve Scott
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