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WWE 'NXT': Samoa Joe begins title reign with multiple challengers

Aug. 25 (UPI) -- Newly crowned NXT Champion Samoa Joe started his new title reign on WWE NXT, where he was confronted by three worthy challengers.

Joe became NXT Champion by defeating Karrion Kross at NXT TakeOver 36 on Sunday. Joe addressed the NXT locker room on Tuesday and told anyone that wanted a shot at the NXT Championship to meet him face to face.

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Pete Dunne was the first one to answer the call followed by LA Knight and Kyle O'Reilly, who was still nursing an injury from defeating Adam Cole at TakeOver 36.

Dunne's partner Ridge Holland arrived onto the scene and attacked O'Reilly from behind. Tommaso Ciampa also joined in and used this oppoturnity to attack Dunne.

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Knight then went after Joe but the champ stopped him in his tracks and delivered a headbutt. Joe stood tall and challenged Dunne and Holland to enter the ring, but they retreated instead.

Also on WWE NXT, warring factions Hit Row and Legado del Fantasma faced off in a Six Man Tag Team in the main event.

North American Champion Isaiah 'Swerve' Scott, Top Dolla and Ashante 'Thee' Adonis of Hit Row battled Santos Escobar, Joaquin Wilde and Raul Mendoza of Legado del Fantasma.

Scott was able to land a 450 Splash on Escobar, who was still able to kick out of the ensuing pinning attempt.

Hit Row's B-Fab later got involved by pushing Escobar into the ring post. She was then confronted by Elektra Lopez who took her down using a lead pipe. Lopez threw the pipe into Scott's hands and Escobar used the distraction to roll up Scott and win the match for Legado del Fantasma.

Kay Lee Ray of NXT UK fame made her in-ring debut on WWE NXT against Valentina Feroz. Ray had confronted NXT Women's Champion Raquel Gonzalez at TakeOver 36.

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Ray won the bout by delivering the Gory Bomb.

Other moments from WWE NXT included Cameron Grimes celebrating with Ted Dibiase; Holland defeating Timothy Thatcher; Kacy Catanzaro and Kayden Carter defeating Gigi Dolin and Jacy Jayne; Carmelo Hayes defeating Odyssey Jones in the NXT Breakout Tournament Finals; and Xyon Quinn defeating Boa.

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