Samoa Joe returned to NXT as an authority figure, and he wasn’t allowed to get physical unless he was provoked. It didn’t take long at all for Karrion Kross to do plenty of provoking. The two finally collided in a dream match in the main event of NXT TakeOver: 36.

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The Capitol Wrestling Center was pumped as they witnessed this long-awaited match. Kross and Joe had an intense battle full of trading stiff shots and submission holds. Karrion Kross was able to turn a Coquina Clutch from Joe into a Kross Jacket of his own, but Joe got out of the hold and the match continued.

Samoa Joe then hit a Muscle Buster, a move that was previously banned on the main roster after TJ Wilson suffered his career-ending injury. All it took was one pinfall and Joe became the first three-time NXT Champion in history.


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