Karrion Kross Dethrones Finn Balor, Regains NXT Title At NXT TakeOver: Stand & Deliver

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The end is here.

At NXT TakeOver: Stand & Deliver Night Two, Karrion Kross regained the NXT Championship when he defeated Finn Balor. The buzzworthy match marked a battle of the brand’s top two stars, and it was months in the making.

The bout started slowly, as the two competitors felt each other out. But business quickly picked up when Kross threw Balor across the ring. Still, Balor took control when Kross went shoulder-first into the ring post.

Kross used his strength advantage to counter Balor’s technical excellence, but “The Prince” continued to target the challenger’s arm. “The Herald of Doomsday” floored Balor with a clothesline and a powerbomb.

Balor shifted his focus to Kross’ abdomen, and the champion was set to take control until Kross floored him with another clothesline and a suplex. Both men continued to go back and forth, and Balor was on the cusp of victory after two shotgun dropkicks. He hit the Coup de Grâce for a near fall.

“The Prince” locked in a modified abdominal stretch, but Kross escaped and clubbed the back of Balor’s head repeatedly. “The Herald of Doomsday” suplexed a helpless Balor twice. He drilled Balor with a final forearm for the win.

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