5. Balor vs Joe at NXT TakeOver: London
A match that had been brewing ever since Balor and Joe had won the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic, finally came to fruition at NXT’s first foray across the pond to England. At NXT TakeOver: London, Finn Balor, and Samoa Joe engaged in a brutal war that would leave a big impression on everyone who witnessed the match.
Following a fantastic video package, something that NXT/WWE excels at, Balor entered as his “Demon” alter ego (more on that later). In front of a raucous London crowd, the larger Joe looked to take advantage of the champions smaller size. Joe brought the power, Finn brought the speed, it was a clash of styles that made for an epic match.
Joe hit the Muscle Buster, Finn hit the Coupe De Grace, both men only got a two count. Joe locked in the Kokina Clutch, Finn countered it into a double stomp. Joe looked to be setting up a Muscle Buster from the top rope, Finn countered with kicks, hit a massive Coupe De Grace and got the three count for the win.
Both men threw everything at each other and left nothing out. It was a war that played out in front of one of the best crowds NXT has ever seen. With many expecting Joe to take the title on the night, Balor pulled it out of the bag in one of his toughest tests of his NXT title reign.