WWE officially reported the following on their website:

Samoa Joe defeated Finn Bálor to capture the NXT Championship at a Live Event Thursday night in Lowell, Massachusetts, WWE.com has confirmed.

Joe’s victory put an end to Bálor’s record-breaking reign as NXT Champion. The Demon won the title on July 4, 2015, and held it for 292 days, surpassing the mark set by Neville in 2014.

Now that Samoa Joe has finally snared NXT’s top prize, what will the destroyer have in store for anyone who dares to step up and challenge him? How will Finn Bálor handle this setback? Find out by tuning into NXT, Wednesdays at 8/7 C, only on WWE Network, and stick with WWE.com for complete coverage of this developing story, including photos and video

PW Insider wrote the following:

Samoa Joe just defeated Finn Balor in Lowell, MA to capture the WWE NXT championship, catching Balor (who was on the top rope) and nailing him with the muscle buster and pinning him clean. WWE cameras were on hand to film the title change, so footage will be integrated into the NXT weekly series.

The title change had been planned for some time. There were plans for Joe to win the WWE NXT championship at the London Takeover event but they were pushed back.

With the NXT title win, Joe becomes the first and only person to hold the Ring of Honor, NXT and TNA championships.

The title change could pave the way for WWE to bring Balor up to the main roster to join Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows, if that is the direction they wish to go in with the former Bullet Club members.

Ironically, Lowell was also the site of Samoa Joe’s title TNA win over Kurt Angle in 2008 at Lockdown

Many are giving their congratulations to both Balor and Joe on social media. It definitely seems like this was Finn’s swansong on NXT:

Former champion Finn Balor said the following on Twitter:

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