Samoa Joe is the number one contender for the WWE Universal Championship and will challenge Brock Lesnar on 7/9 at Great Balls of Fire. Joe defeated Bray Wyatt, Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns and Fin Balor in the Fatal 5-Way main event, last night, at Extreme Rules.
The finish saw Finn Balor hit Roman Reigns with the Coupe de Grace, only for Joe to pull him away from the cover and apply the Coquina Clutch. Balor passed and out and the referee called for the bell.
Finn Balor was the favorite to win the match from a booking perspective since it was teased on Raw a couple of weeks ago that Paul Heyman and Brock Lesnar are watching Balor with a vested interest. The match would have made sense being that Balor never lost the Universal Title.
Adam Kohn and I review NXT TakeOver Toronto as all three championships are on the line, with Shinsuke Nakamura making his first NXT title defense against Samoa Joe. The undefeated Asuka defends the NXT women’s title against the returning Mickie James. The show will also feature three big matches to round out the card.
Adam Kohn and Atlee Greene review the 11/9/16 episode of NXT headlined by the contract signing between Samoa Joe and NXT Champion Shinsuke Nakamura. Plus, the finals of the Dusty Rhodes Classic Tournament are determined.
I’m six days removed from the NXT live event that took place in Lowell, MA. Words such as amazing, spectacular, and shocking, don’t even begin to describe the experience. The night was capped off by the shocking title change where Samoa Joe pinned Finn Balor to win the NXT Championship, which is a rare occurrence for a non-televised event. Continue reading →