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NXT recap & reactions (Dec. 30, 2020): Sold


NXT returned last night (#Dec. 30) from the #Capitol #Wrestling #Center (CWC) in #Orlando, #Florida. #You can find the results at the live blog here.

#Sold

NXT had one real baller segment this week that hyped up a #New #Year’s #Evil show that was already rather hyped.

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#Finn Bálor & #Kyle O’#Reilly won the #Year-End #Award for match of the year, a choice that we agreed with. They worked it into an angle to sell next week’s title match.

#Finn didn’t take his award, leaving it with #General #Manager #William #Regal. #But he took #Kyle’s to give to him. The champ marched to the ring and called out his challenger for next week. #He told KOR that he doesn’t need the award to remember the match. #He has the hardware to do that – not just the NXT title over his shoulder but the three screws in his jaw.

O’#Reilly knew #Finn’s gesture was patronizing, that it was a consolation prize. #But he told the champ the hardware wasn’t beneath him. #Because it was proof that he deserves to share a ring with Bálor and deserves to be on top of the card. The champ then told his challenger that next week, he’s going to get revenge for what O’#Reilly did to his jaw.

#This was strong promo work from both men, particularly O’#Reilly, to really amp up the excitement for next week’s match.

#However, they were interrupted by #Karrion #Kross and #Scarlett. #Kross’ dark angel told the men in the ring that it doesn’t matter who wins next week because the gold belongs to #Karrion. #Add in #Dunne trying to step up to #Finn after the #Brit beat #Roderick #Strong, and the title scene is getting a bit crowded. #In a good way.

#Kross has other problems though. #He he was dropping his “Tick tock” catchphrase, #Damian #Priest was suddenly behind him. #But he didn’t attack his #New #Year’s #Evil foe from behind. #He waited for him to turn around.

Then these two beat the crap out of each other all over the arena. I’ve said this the last few weeks, but #Priest has found his groove as badass babyface. #Holding his own against the unstoppable #Kross helped raise his star. I doubt the #Archer of #Infamy wins next week, but if they book it similar to how they did this brawl, he’ll be just fine.

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#This segment has me more excited for #New #Year’s #Evil than I already was.


#Curse #Broken

#Johnny #Gargano was worried coming into this week’s #North #American title defense.

#Gargano has never successfully defended a singles title. #He felt he was cursed so he and the rest of The #Way tried their best to avoid anything that could cause bad juju. They inexplicably saw a black cat at the end of the hallway and walked the other way in what was my favorite of their bits this week. (#Plus, the idea of someone bringing their cat in from home for this bit tickles me.)

#However, by the time he walked through the curtain for the match, #Austin Theory jinxed him, he broke a mirror, and he walked under a ladder.

#Fortunately, none of that affected the outcome of his match with #Leon #Ruff as #Johnny finally beat the man and retained a title. #It was a fun match, and a reminder that #Ruff is a really good wrestler. #In his time since upsetting the leader of the #Way to initially win the gold, he’s become much more than an enhancement talent who had a fluke win. #He has integrated more offense into his matches while still playing the underdog. #It’s a formula that will suit him well going forward. #This entire angle has made #Leon a player in NXT and hopefully he continues to grow on #Wednesday nights.

#Now it’s time for #Gargano and his family’s next feud. I wonder if #Kushida is next on the docket.


#Still #Rules

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The #Dusty #Rhodes #Tag #Team #Classic is back in a couple weeks so we had some tag team focus this week.

The #Grizzled #Young #Vets defeated #Breezango in a competitive match. #But once again, #Ever-Rise (who RULES by the way) stole the show with their post match comedy antics. #Chase #Parker and #Matt #Martel walked out after the match with a referee who they were kind of using to make it look like she was holding them back. #But when she was tired of their crap, she left and suddenly these dudes changed their tunes, wanting none of GYV.

#Ever-Rise has slowly gone from “Who are these guys?” to two dudes I find hilarious every week. I hope NXT uses the #Dusty #Classic to present them as more than a comedy duo to help round out their presentation.

#We don’t know if #Ever-Rise is in the #Dusty at all. #We do know that #Undisputed ERA are in it, with the new team of #Adam #Cole and #Roddy #Strong representing the #Year-End #Award winning unit.


#Big #Bronson

#Bronson #Reed picked up a win over #Isaiah “Swerve” #Scott.

#It wasn’t a squash, but I felt they put themselves in a corner booking this match. #Big #Thicc isn’t going to lose after just re-debuting. #It’s clear they have big plans for him. #But #Swerve is also going through a heel turn. They discussed his new attitude and lack of sportsmanship on commentary tonight. A loss so soon could risk hurting the change he’s undergoing.

#Given he’s in a transition state, this loss shouldn’t really hurt though. #Maybe it’ll just reinforce his embracing the dark side.


#All the #Rest:

– #Pete #Dunne defeated #Roderick #Strong in a match pitting up to long term rivals. I wonder if #Dunne is going to run through the ERA… maybe to get to #Kyle as champion?

– #Raw’s #Lince #Dorado and #Gran #Metalik interrupted a #Santos #Escobar promo when he was talking about how #William #Regal is going to have trouble finding someone who can challenge him. #Dorado took exception to #Escobar saying what lucha is before two thirds of the #Lucha #House #Party (are they still the LHP?) defeated #Raul #Mendoza and #Joaquin #Noah. #Escobar will defend his cruiserweight title against #Metalik next week.

– #Mercedes #Martinez squashed a poor soul this week. I’m glad they are leaning into her heel persona this time around. #She was a heel last time, but they also paired her with goofy #Robert #Stone, which detracted. #Now she’s just a killer.

– #Xia #Li & #Boa’s training is done and they’ll be returning to NXT next week. #It’s about time, but now I’m starting to wonder if this is going to translate in the ring. #And whether greener talent like #Xia and #Boa are going to be able to perform at a level that it needs. #Clearly NXT thinks so, so we’ll find out next week.

– #We got a hype video for the #Raquel #González/Rhea #Ripley #Last #Woman #Standing match next week. #It was very good like most of their videos are. #This played into their real life friendship to make their feud very personal. #Before it was more about two powerhouses clashing. #Now there’s more to it.


I’m going to admit that I was distracted during much of this show. #Normally I try to tune everything out and focus on NXT objectively, something I’m better at certain times than others. #But tonight I really wanted to be watching the #Brodie #Lee tribute show on #Dynamite instead. #Brodie’s death is still hard to comprehend and I would have preferred to be watching alongside other grieving wrestling fans as it aired.

#Because of that, NXT matches that were solid or better such as the tag team bout or #Roddy/Dunne weren’t grabbing my attention as I bet they normally would.

#Trying to remove my distraction and look at this as objectively as possible, this was still a good show. #That second half had some strong segments, such as the #Finn/Kyle leading into the #Priest/Kross and the main event title match. #If you watched #Dynamite and are wondering what to check out from NXT, all of the show was solid but definitely the second half.

#Grade: B

#Sound off below.



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