TAELER: Tick Tock Counted Down The Clock: And New NXT Champion Samoa Joe

NXT Takeover 36 came and went with a bottom to top shakeup cementing the new era being ushered into the black and gold brand. Friends turned foes. Titles on the line. Brand crossovers putting the roster on notice. Grudges turned into all out war. Challengers defeating Champions. Indeed NXT Takeover 36 held nothing back! One such match was the highly anticipated Main Event between two fiercely determined competitors - Karrion Kross and Samoa Joe…

Karrion Kross walked into NXT Takeover 36 as the reigning NXT Champion in his second run with a chip on his shoulder the size of Texas. The Champion would be squaring off against arguably his greatest opponent to date. His biggest challenge. The immovable force known to the WWE Universe and the IWC alike - Samoa Joe. These two Goliath-like WWE Superstars would ultimately clash in the Main Event for NXT Takeover 36, highlighting the fighting spirit that flows through the black and gold brand. One challenging for the title on principle and for respect and deference to the people that paved the way for us in this industry. And the other to prove his own merits and his own means to an end.

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The air was charged as the two made their way to the ring for this bout. Champion versus challenger. But, as we all know, there can only be one winner. And as the match would unfold each competitor would draw out the ranging spectrum of emotions from the fans in attendance and watching at home. The champion had several key opportunities to end the match, and perhaps on a lesser opponent those attempts would have been successful. Throughout his tenure as NXT Champion, Kross was used to being the monster in the ring, and not necessarily having another monster staring back at him. A point which was made to the fullest when Karrion Kross' signature submission the Kross Jacket proved unsuccessful.

With this being Samoa Joe's first match since February 2020, I can say with complete earnestness that it didn't show in his performance. A true professional if there ever was one! As these two men main evented NXT Takeover 36 with the rest of the show building up to them, it is my opinion that they most definitely delivered. The emotion was heightened. No movements were wasted. The chemistry was on. The match reflected their heated storyline and the crowd went for a ride right along with them. And that leaves us here at the finish. After 135+ days as the NXT Champion, Karrion Kross' time ran out. The Samoan Submission Machine emerged victoriously as he beheaded the monster. He dethroned Karrion Kross to become the first ever three time WWE NXT Champion!

In my opinion, this is a comeback story of epic proportions. From being released in April. A huge return under the guise of working alongside General Manager William Regal bringing order to a restless NXT. Then a couple of months later submitting his resignation to officially qualify for this bout to go one on one with Karrion Kross as revenge for Kross' disdainful actions against William Regal. To being one half of the main event and winning championship gold! Ultimately reaching that pinnacle moment where your whole journey catches up with you in the moment of the ultimate triumph.

Thus proving when one door closes you create your own new door and you smash through it with everything you've got! Never once forgetting that you alone hold the pen writing your life's story. Everyone else has a pencil to write footnotes. But you? You are in control of how your story ends. And this story? This one is just beginning. The time may have run out on Karrion Kross in the form of Samoa Joe, but Joe's reign has only just begun as the first ever three-time NXT Champion. Tick Tock went the clock, and when the bell rung three, there became a new champion of NXT…

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