Fans are expecting to see the greatest Divas match in NXT history at TakeOver: Respect on Wednesday, as Sasha Banks aims to dethrone the Women’s Champion Bayley.
It’s safe to say that over the years NXT has produced some of the finest matches fans have been longiing to see. There’s emotion, passion, always a great backstory as well as fantastic wrestling on display.
We all have our opinions on the greatest NXT match to date. Now WWE.com editors have listed the top 10 NXT matches in history. Read the full lust below and let us know whether you agree or disagree with any of the matches.
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#10: BIG E VS. SETH ROLLINS – NXT CHAMPIONSHIP
Before The Shield became the massive names we know today, and before the New Day became the greatest thing on WWE television, both Big E and Seth Rollins put on a great match back in January 2013.
The Shield had formed by this point and Big E was performing under his ‘five’ gimmick and The Shield were running amok with their continuous three-on-one attacks.
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It was a huge moment for Big E as he defeated Rollins, and it was a no disqualification match so the odds were against him and the fans were completely on his side.
#9: SASHA BANKS VS. BECKY LYNCH – NXT WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP
At NXT TakeOver: Unstoppable we saw a fantastic match between Sasha Banks and Becky Lynch which stole the show.
This was another match in a long line of fantastic Diva's matches and it’s where fans started to call for these women to appear on the main roster. This was a real back and forth match with non-stop action and it really helped elevate Becky into a top tier Diva.
Like most matches on NXT, this was another match which the fans were in to. They supported Becky heavily as she came up short but put on an incredible performance whilst Sasha continued her consistently impressive performances.
#8: WILLIAM REGAL VS. CESARO
NXT fans were in for a treat when Cesaro paid a visit to NXT and took on some big names, and put on even better matches.
One of those matches was against current General Manager William Regal on the Christmas Day episode of NXT. This was always going to be a fantastic match and we saw a number of complex holds and plenty of wrestling on the mat.
Regal put on an impressive display in a performance which did take the fans by surprise, as Cesaro picked up one of his many impressive wins on NXT.
#7: ADRIAN NEVILLE VS. BO DALLAS – NXT CHAMPIONSHIP LADDER MATCH
The first ever TakeOver special was always going to go down in history and it was helped by the fact that Bo Dallas and Neville put on a fantastic match.
That match really helped Neville get over as the exciting star we know today, especially with it being a championship ladder match so it definitely suited his style.
He had all the fans on his side as Bo was so hated by the fans, and his resiliency was something the fans loved. It was definitely a fantastic match which really made ArRival an even bigger event.
#6: NEVILLE VS. SAMI ZAYN VS. TYLER BREEZE VS. TYSON KIDD – NXT CHAMPIONSHIP FATAL 4 WAY MATCH
This is widely regarded as one of the greatest NXT matches to date so for me personally it was a big surprise to see it ranked sixth.
It probably does miss out on claiming the crown as being the greatest match, but sixth is perhaps too low for a fantastic match. We had four of the finest on the planet competing in one match for the NXT Championship.
Each superstar displayed their impressive skill-set in their own unique way and the fans were torn throughout the match. The emotion that was felt in this match hadn’t been felt before as Zayn came so close to picking up the win, only for Neville to do what a champion needed to do and stole the victory.
This will definitely go down as a fun, entertaining watch and something every NXT fan needs to watch.
#5: CHARLOTTE VS. NATALYA – NXT WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP
If we’re talking about how important emotion is in a match, then we can’t look past this as being one of the most emotional matches in NXT history.
We had Ric Flair in the corner of Charlotte, and Bret Hart in the corner of Natalya. Most of all though we had an incredible wrestling match between two of the most talented women on the entire roster. This match opened the eyes of many fans and told us that there are women on the roster that can put on some epic matches.
This was the start of many fantastic Divas matches on NXT. Although it was a predictable result you can’t take anything away from them both. They gave it their all and really helped put the women of NXT on the map.
#4: PAIGE VS. EMMA – NXT WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP
A match from NXT ArRival pops up again and another Diva’s match which showed fans that the future could be bright for the women - if booked correctly that is.
Paige played a big part on NXT during this time before exploding onto the main roster scene. This match helped solidify her as one of the finest female talents around and at the time it looked as if Emma was heading in the same direction.
Although they’ve both now taken very different paths, this match helped them become household names in a hard-hitting match. It was an impressive match but for me it wasn’t a top five match.
#3: CESARO VS. SAMI ZAYN – 2 OUT OF 3 FALLS
This gets my vote as the greatest NXT match to date as it had absolutely everything you want from a wrestling match.
You had the confident heel in Cesaro who was looking to prove that the underdog in Zayn couldn’t match up to him, and was overrated. The action kicked off right from the entrance and the feud itself lasted several months, something the fans were fully invested in.
He was known as El Generico on the independent scene, but it was definitely this match that made Sami Zayn the Superstar he is today in the WWE. He showed resiliency, heart and an incredible arsenal of moves which nobody on the roster can match.
Zayn might have lost that match but it was important to do at that time, the reaction from the fans throughout the match was incredible and they played a big part in making this an incredible and memorable match.
#2: NEVILLE VS. SAMI ZAYN – NXT CHAMPIONSHIP
At NXT TakeOver: R Evolution Sami Zayn finally captured the NXT Championship from Neville in a back and forth match where he vowed to quit if he lost.
We knew he wouldn’t lose but at the time it felt like there was a chance he may actually lose to Neville with the way the match was playing out. The entire storyline had been a roller coaster for the fans as it felt like he couldn’t capture the NXT Championship.
Like every match, the both of them have competed in we saw great heart, resiliency and fantastic wrestling skills in a match filled with emotion.
To top it all off we had the arrival of Kevin Owens who hit a huge apron powerbomb on Zayn – and we all know how much he’s developed into a star.
#1: SASHA BANKS VS. BAYLEY – NXT WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP
It would always be difficult to dislodge Bayley and Sasha from the top spot. They put on an epic showing at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn which saw Bayley finally capture the title.
The pressure was on as 13,000 fans packed out the Barclay’s Center, but they managed to not only impress, but steal the show with ease. We could see how much the match meant to them both and their skills were on show for all to see.
This is helped by the fact that you can now watch WWE 24: NXT on the WWE Network now which shows what went into making this show. On there it was clear to us all just how important this night was for Bayley and Sasha.
It was a back and forth match, the fans enjoyed it from start to finish and the correct winner prevailed.
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