8 Best Options For Dethroning Samoa Joe As NXT Champion

Who will follow in the footsteps of Joe, Balor, Owens, Zayn et al?


It is one of the weird quirks of modern professional wrestling, but whenever an individual wins a championship thoughts immediately turn to who will defeat them. We may not like it, but it is true. When Zack Ryder won the Intercontinental Championship at WrestleMania 32 and the dust had cleared on appreciating the moment, the next question to be asked was 'who will beat him?'

Sometimes, it is easy to imagine a plethora of individuals dethroning the incumbent champion. Well, NXT is not such a place right now. The two singles champions on the show are almost the dictionary definition of wrestling dominance. Asuka hasn't lost since arriving in NXT at the end of last year and, with the exception of Bayley, it is difficult to imagine anyone coming close to her, let alone beating her.

The current NXT Champion is Samoa Joe, and he is equally dominant. Sure, he has tasted defeat a couple of times, but with his defeat of Finn Balor at TakeOver: The End, he has built a new aura of invincibility around him. Samoa Joe has been a dominant champion in the past, and Samoa Joe could be about to become a dominant champion once more.

Still, someone has to beat him for the title, right? He can't hold it until the day he dies can he? Of course not, and here are the eight men that could eventually vanquish Joe.


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