From Adam Cole to Finn Balor, Five Championship Wins You Must See From NXT Takeover

Published 06/11/2021, 4:46 AM EDT

It’s not the future, it is now. There is something special about NXT; something special about the atmosphere and electricity in the air. It is the place where the future top stars are made. A lot of WWE fans debate that NXT is now better than the primary product, i.e. Raw and SmackDown. Join us today as we take a look at the top 5 Greatest NXT Championship Matches.


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#5 Ciampa vs Gargano: NXT Last Man Standing


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This gruesome match took place in Brooklyn on August 18, 2018. The match kicked off when Gargano attacked the then champion, Ciampa, even before the bell rang. In one spot, Ciampa slammed Gargano through the announce table, which broke on impact.

In another spot, Gargano super kicked Ciampa in the face and he landed on a table outside the ring that broke in half. Ultimately, Tommaso Ciampa defeated Johnny Gargano to retain the NXT Championship.

#4 Balor vs Owens: NXT Ladder Match

This high-risk match took place in Brooklyn on August 20, 2015. It delivered on its expectation to be an entertaining one and more. Though both wrestlers took serious hits and damage on the steel ladders, they kept pushing themselves for the NXT title.

In one spot, Balor performed the Coup de grâce (Diving double foot stomp) on Owens from the top of the ladder. Ultimately, ‘The Demon King’ climbed the ladder to win the WWE NXT Championship.

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#3 Adam Cole vs Tommaso Ciampa

This is another gruesome match on our list. This match took place in Portland on February 16, 2020. Both wrestlers fought each other relentlessly and without mercy. The match had a controversial ending as Ciampa accidentally knocked the referee out of the ring.

Johnny Gargano seized the opportunity and hit Ciampa on the head with the NXT Championship belt. The ref didn’t see the blatant foul and counted the 1,2,3 as Cole pinned Ciampa for the win.

#2 Gargano vs Cole: 2-Out-of-3 Falls

This match took place in New York on April 5, 2019. It was a real back-and-forth type of match, with both men securing one pinfall each. Cole was the first to pick up the pinfall in the match. Gargano soon equaled the tally by making Cole submit.

Ultimately, Johnny Gargano won the fight as he made Adam Cole tap out for the second time in the night to become the NXT Champion.

#1 Andrade vs Gargano


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The number 1 on our list of top 5 NXT Championship matches is the match between Andrade and Johnny Gargano. Both wrestlers showed amazing athletic abilities and put their bodies on the line in a stunner before a wild crowd in Philadelphia.

The match saw some foul play as Zelina Vega hit Gargano while the ref wasn’t looking. Later in the match, Candice LeRae assaulted Vega for the attacks on her husband. Despite Johnny’s best efforts, Andrade won the match.


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Aditya Pran Mahanta is a WWE and AEW author for EssentiallySports, who is currently pursuing his Bachelor of Arts degree. Being a sports fanatic, he has played at the state level badminton in his younger years but his love for WWE overtook all other passions. Being a decade-long wrestling fan, he relishes the older wrestlers and wishes that the newer generation had the same Edge. He is a passionate fan of Rey Mysterio for his high flying style, Edge for being The Ultimate Opportunist, and Razor Ramon because nobody messes with the Bad Guy!