WWE NXT: All 26 Champions in Brand’s History, Ranked

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8. Sasha Banks

For a time, Sasha Banks had done the most for the NXT Women’s Championship. She had a few terrific showings with Charlotte in 2015, which made a bigger name for both women. Then came the Becky Lynch match at TakeOver: Unstoppable, which ranks as one of the top female matches in NXT history.

However, the moment everyone will remember is the match from NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn — the first live special in a standard WWE venue. They sold out the Barclays Center, surrounding the show around Banks vs. Bayley for the NXT Women’s Championship and Kevin Owens vs. Finn Balor for the NXT Championship. The former clearly won things over, though.

While the result hadn’t really been in question, as the Boss already moved to the main roster, it didn’t stop this from maybe being the best match in NXT’s five years (three at the time). They put on an emotional rollercoaster of an in-ring showing, bringing everyone to their feet with moves not normally seen from female competitors. On top of it all, it gave Bayley the initiation as a top star.

Banks’ title run had plenty of fanfare, which was warranted from everything she did with the NXT Women’s Championship. It took the female stars to another level and helped orchestrate the Women’s Revolution.