New stipulation means Samoa Joe vs Balor TakeOver match will make NXT history

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As if the Samoa Joe vs Finn Balor match at the upcoming NXT: TakeOver event wasn't already exciting enough, the WWE have today confirmed a stipulation that will only ramp things up further.

As reported by NoDQ, the June 8 match, which will see Joe defend his NXT Championship against the man who he took it from last month, will be the first in the development brand's history to take place inside a steel cage.

Speculation about a potential cage stipulation has been doing the rounds for a few weeks now, but NXT general manager William Regal made it official in a video uploaded to the WWE NXT Facebook account.


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In the footage, which can be seen further down this article, Regal cites an incident at an NXT event this past weekend in Portland, Oregon in which both wrestlers were involved in a lot of fighting outside of the squared circle.

"Based on that display, the situation between the two of you is out of control," he explained today. "I have amended the contract, and we will have a definitive conclusion on June the 8th at TakeOver.

"To ensure the safety of the NXT fans and, for the first time ever in NXT history, the NXT championship will be defended inside a steel cage."

The stipulation is certain to add an extra dimension to what will be the third meeting between the two rivals at a TakeOver event.

With confirmation, too, that this will be the final match of the feud, it ensures that, one way or another, both wrestlers will leave everything they have inside the squared circle.

There has been speculation recently that Balor, who would become the NXT's first-ever two-time Champion if he defeats Joe next month, could be set for a promotion to the WWE's main roster in the not too distant future.

Today's news will only add to those rumours. Even if he is unable to defeat his Samoan counterpart and get his hands on the title at Full Sail University, going out in a match that is now certain to make NXT history would be a fitting way to say goodbye to the brand that he has been a part of since 2014.

We still have a few weeks to wait until we get to actually watch this increasingly intriguing match unfold. One thing is for sure, though, it is going to be a must-see event.

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