NXT Champion Samoa Joe def. Tye Dillinger (Non-Title Match)

Tye Dillinger vs. Samoa Joe: WWE NXT, Nov. 30, 2016

"The Perfect 10" sets out to prove he belongs in NXT by taking on NXT Champion Samoa Joe. Video courtesy of the award-winning WWE Network.

In the aftermath of his loss to Bobby Roode at TakeOver: Toronto, Tye Dillinger set out to prove that he belongs in NXT. After Samoa Joe laughed off his initial challenge, The Perfect 10 shocked the NXT Champion with a slap across the face, leading NXT General Manager William Regal to set up this main event.

A furious Joe went right after Dillinger, but the raucous Ottawa crowd rallied behind their fellow Canadian. The NXT Champion overpowered The Perfect 10 and took control of the match, wrenching Dillinger’s knee with brutal submissions before pummeling him into the corner. Dillinger recovered and fought back, sending Samoa Joe reeling. However, The Perfect 10 could not put Samoa Joe away, increasing his frustration by the minute. Dillinger had Joe up for the Tye-Breaker, but Joe escaped and planted The Perfect 10 into the canvas with a powerbomb, then locked on the Coquina Clutch, forcing Dillinger to pass out.

Before the match, Dillinger said that if he couldn’t win this match, then maybe he didn’t belong in NXT. A dejected Dillinger certainly seemed to be mulling over those words as he left the ring. What does the future hold for The Perfect 10?

For Samoa Joe, the future is clear. The NXT Champion is supremely confident as he heads to Osaka, Japan, this Saturday to defend his title against Shinsuke Nakamura in a rematch from TakeOver: Toronto.

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