NXT TOP 10: October 3, 2019

The NXT Top 10 is back for a second week!

Each week we rank the top 10 superstars and tag teams on the black and gold brand. Rankings are based on wins and losses on NXT TV and Takeovers. Points also depreciate with age, so a win on last night’s show is worth more than a win last month.

NXT Champion Adam Cole is in firm control of the top spot this week thanks to a title victory last night over #5 Matt Riddle. Cole’s control on the NXT could be in jeopardy, though, as a pair of strong returns by Finn Balor and Tommaso Ciampa are bad news for the champ. Meanwhile, Riddle’s performance propels him into the Top 10 this week. The King of Bros also had a strong showing in his two big Street Fights with Killian Dain.

The NXT Women’s Champion Shayna Baszler jumps from #6 to #2 this week after a show stealing victory last night over Candice LaRae. Baszler has so dominated the women’s division that the only other female superstar in the Top 10 this week is Io Sharai at #10. Sharai scored a win over Mia Yim last night, but still falls a spot on the rankings.

The Bruiserweight Pete Dunne took out Danny Burch on last night’s NXT, and he remains at the #3 spot. Dunne has been banking wins on both sides of the pond, and it’ll be interesting to see which title he sets his sights on next.

Former North American Champion Velveteen Dream drops two spots to #4 this week. Dream was absent from competition last night. So was current champ Roderick Strong, though he showed up to help his Undisputed Era brothers run interference during the tag title match. Strong drops to #7 this week.

Speaking of the NXT Tag Team Titles, the Undisputed Era crashes the Top 10 this week at #6 thanks to a hot main event that saw Fish and O’Reilly defeat Street Profits to hold on to the belts. The Street Profits are up a spot to #9 this week, but you have to wonder if their time as #1 contenders should be over.

Finally, Johnny Gargano made his first in-ring appearance since Takeover: Toronto last night, winning a match against Shane Thorne. The former NXT champ makes his first Top 10 appearance this week at #8.

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