Possible Reason Why Kyle O’Reilly Got NXT Title Opportunity

On last week’s episode of NXT, Kyle O’Reilly won the Gauntlet Eliminator match. He received an NXT Title shot at NXT TakeOver as a result, much to the surprise of many fans. He has primarily been a tag team competitor. His last match as a singles competitor was at a Progress show in 2018.

Owing to the COVID-19 pandemic and a recent outbreak in NXT, WWE had to change plans and this included the title picture.

During a teleconference to hype NXT TakeOver: 31, Triple H talked about Kyle O’Reilly receiving the title shot. He revealed that the company planned on giving O’Reilly a push for a long time.

It “may have” been done earlier than planned due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Triple H certainly implied that. He then praised O’Reilly for his in-ring prowess.