The highly anticipated first-ever match between Samoa Joe and Karrion Kross for the NXT title took place in the main event of the WWE NXT TakeOver 36 event.

The match was a strong performance for both men as they got a lot of offensive. Joe looked like he hadn’t missed a shot in the ring. Joe with the Muscle Buster to win and become the NXT Champion.

Joe was preferred to win the championship as Kross last made his main line-up debut despite some questionable bookings after losing to Jeff Hardy. Kross should be on the raw list in the future, but without Scarlett.

Joe had not wrestled since February 2020 due to concussions. He worked as a commentator for the Raw brand until it was published by WWE last April. In June, Joe returned as an on-screen authority figure for NXT and also worked in NXT’s talent search department.

Joe was supposed to keep order for NXT general manager William Regal, but when Kross strangled Joe after taking his title over Johnny Gargano and attacked Regal the following week, that was enough to catch Joe and demand to wrestle again.

Joe wanted Regal to sign a contract to get him back as an active in-ring Having performers in NXT and signing a contract for the match on TakeOver. Regal agreed to what Joe was offering and made the game official.

Kross won the title from Finn Balor on TakeOver: Booth & Deliver – Night 2 back last April.

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