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Shinsuke Nakamura retains NXT title and wins his feud with Samoa Joe in a steel cage in Melbourne

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NXT champion Shinsuke Nakamura and Samoa Joe squared off in Melbourne tonight (Dec. 8) for a steel cage match General Manager William Regal said would their rivalry “settle once and for all”.

After some issues lowering the cage itself, the fourth title fight between the two men featured the hard-hitting action we’ve seen in matches at TakeOvers in Brooklyn & Toronto & this past Saturday at a house show in Osaka, Japan... and at all points in between.

And... add fuel to the Joe call-up rumors, because Nakamura retained in straight-forward fashion after choosing to not win via escape, instead sticking around to deliver some KINSHASAs (three, by one count) and pin Joe before celebrating with the Australian crowd.

What a match! What a night! #andstill #NXTMelbourne

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Insta-responses from those in attendance are extremely positive, and hopefully an indication the match is as good as the experience of seeing it live undoubtedly was.

We’ll have to wait for the next episode of NXT on WWE Network, debuting next Weds., Dec 14, to form our own opinion. But it looks like it’s time for a new NXT title program after a year of Joe-centered ones.

How’s that sound, Cagesiders?

Thanks to AaronWFenwick on Twitter for our main page image.