Although The Prince had been on a tear since returning to NXT, there was no denying that his opportunity to become NXT Champion had only happened after Kross was forced to vacate the title back in August due to injury. As fate would have it, it was just a matter of time before Kross regained the championship that he never lost.
After sizing each other up in the center of the ring in the opening moments, a slap on the face by Bálor sent Kross into a rage that ended with him flying into the ring post and allowed Finn to capitalize on a mistake to go to work on his opponent’s left arm and shoulder. Despite Kross’ explosive moments of offense throughout, Bálor indeed took his opponent to deep water by returning again and again to the left shoulder.
Kross’ unbridled rage soon took center stage as the challenger nearly put away The Prince. But Bálor continued to return to his strategy and go to work, not only on the shoulder, but also on his foe’s ribs and liver.
But Kross would not give in and fired back again and again. When Bálor hit the Coupe de Grace, Kross kicked out and countered with his own Straight Jacket. When Bálor locked in another submission, Kross ended up escaping and pounding him in the back of the neck into the mat like a man possessed. It was this last series of blows that took The Prince out of the game and paved the way for Kross to deliver one final blow to the back of the neck to reclaim the title.