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8 Best NXT Matches Of 2016

Written by Gavin Lee
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The 2016 season for NXT has been something to remember. With the division continuing to prove that it’s not just the minor leagues that had a ton of memorable moments. With four more Takeover specials this year, including heading back to Brooklyn and their second international special - November 19th in Toronto, Canada - the brand has lost several stars to the ‘big leagues’ of 'RAW' and 'SmackDown'.

  • Finn Balor went to 'RAW'
  • Alexa Bliss went to 'RAW'
  • Bayley went to 'SmackDown'
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Despite losing these Superstars, others like Shinsuke Nakamura have come into their own and may challenge for a call up in 2017. Samoa Joe became the first two-time NXT Champion, and the Dusty Rhodes tournament was another resounding success.

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Here are 8 amazing matches from this year:

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1. Shinsuke Nakamura vs Sami Zayn (NXT Takeover: Dallas) - In Nakamura’s NXT debut, he was up against a veteran in Zayn, and the Japanese Superstar did not disappoint. Defeating Zayn in an epic 20 minute match, he started on his path to becoming the reigning champion.

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2. Samoa Joe vs Finn Balor (NXT Takeover: The End) - Even though Balor ended up getting called up this year, he still put on some amazing matches in NXT. This one, where he lost to Joe in a steel cage was one of the best.

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3. #DIY vs Authors of Pain (NXT November 9th) - Suplexing Rezar is no easy task. That’s what Tommasso Ciampa did in this Dusty Rhodes semi-final just before the big Albanian caught both #DIY members and threw them to the mat.

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4. Samoa Joe vs Shinsuke Nakamura (NXT Takeover: Toronto) - At the last special of the year, the division’s two biggest stars battled for the second time and it was a thing of beauty. Returning from injury, Nakamura couldn’t take down Joe again to keep the title.

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