Samoa Joe Crowned New NXT Champion

Samoa Joe defeated Finn Balor at last night’s NXT live event in Lowell, MA to become the new NXT Champion.

During the match, Balor went down with what appeared to be an ankle injury and Samoa Joe hit the Muscle Buster for the win shortly after the injury took place. WWE broke the news on their Instagram account late on Thursday night:

BREAKING NEWS: #SamoaJoe defeats @wwebalor to win the #WWENXT Championship in #NXTLowell

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Social media exploded as the NXT Universe in attendance shared pictures and videos of the win, but the company later released footage of Samoa Joe’s championship victory on their YouTube channel:

In the days following this monumental achievement, Joe went on to successfully defend his newly won title in a triple threat match against Austin Aries and Finn Balor at the NXT live event in Poughkeepsie, New York on Saturday night.

Several fans have noted on social media that it looked like Balor was saying goodbye to NXT at the show. Based on that, there is a good possibility that we could see The Demon joining his fellow Bullet Club friends Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows on Raw or Smackdown very soon.

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