Irishman Finn Bálor claims the NXT Championship

Finn Bálor returned to the country where he made his name and rose to the top of the NXT ladder, as he defeated Kevin Owens to become the new NXT Champion in Tokyo, Japan.

The 33-year-old spent eight years wrestling in Japan from 2006 and 2014 becoming a household name among Japanese wrestling enthusiasts as Prince Devitt.

Now less than a year after making the move to America, the Wicklow man returned to the place he calls a second home to win his first WWE championship.


The match itself was a masterpiece as both Owens and Bálor wowed the sold out crowd in the Sumo Hall in the Japan capital. It took not one but two coup de grace’s to put the champion away for Bálor to leave Japan as the new NXT Champion.

It was fitting for Bálor to win his first WWE title in the country where he broke onto the scene and he also becomes the first Irishman to hold the NXT title.

You can relive the full match on the WWE Network any time on demand at this link or watch the highlights below.

The special event also saw Brock Lesnar make light work of Kofi Kingston in a squash match, while Chris Jericho returned to action as he defeated Neville in a strong opener to the show.

Nikki Bella retained the Diva’s Championship by beating Tamina Snuka and Paige in a Triple Threat, while in the main event John Cena and Dolph Ziggler picked up the win over Kane and King Barrett in a Tag Team match.

Overall, it was a good show but Balor vs Owens was the match of the night by far. With all the hype about the Beast in the East and you only got less than ten minutes of him, I’m sure it was a big disappointment for those in attendance.

Once again, congratulations to my fellow Irishman Finn Bálor on winning the NXT Championship and now it is over to Conor McGregor at UFC189 next Saturday to make it two wins out of two for the Irish.

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