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WWE NXT Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights from December 16

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    The December 16 edition of WWE NXT felt big, built on the back of the holidays rapidly approaching. WWE NXT promised NXT New Year's Evil on January 6, but first that card had to be set up.

    The big match of this show was a No. 1 contender bout. After both claiming a shot at the NXT champion Finn Balor, Pete Dunne and Kyle O'Reilly fought once again, this time for a main event spot at the post-New Year's show.

    Two future title contenders and former champions went to war in another big match as Rhea Ripley challenged Toni Storm. It would not the first time these two fought, but their attitudes have changed since they battled for the NXT UK Championship.

    Karrion Kross made a surprise return to action after warning of his arrival at NXT TakeOver: WarGames. No one was ready for the emphatic statement he made by injuring Damian Priest. This week, he stepped back in an NXT ring.

    Because of Kross' vicious attack, Leon Ruff was left without a partner until Kushida stepped up. Ruff and Kushida were set to work together to take on the new alliance of Johnny Gargano and Austin Theory.

    The black-and-gold brand wanted to set up fireworks to come, and some of the best NXT talent in the world went to war for big opportunities in 2021.

Leon Ruff and Kushida vs. The Way's Johnny Gargano and Austin Theory

1 OF 6


    Leon Ruff outmaneuvered Austin Theory, but Johnny Gargano outthought him. He managed to isolate the former NXT North American champion, keeping him away from the dangerous Kushida.

    The Japanese Superstar looked unstoppable when he got the hot tag. He was explosive and smooth against either heel. However, Ruff refused to wait on the apron, tagging back in to take more of a beating from Theory and Gargano.

    The Rebel Heart took Kushida off the apron to set up Theory to pull off a big victory in his return to action, hitting a unique new finisher on Ruff.



    Theory and Gargano def. Ruff and Kushida by pinfall.






    While this won't be a tag team match anyone will seek out down the line, this was smartly wrestled and booked. Austin Theory picked up his first victory since quitting at the end of a bad losing streak. Ruff looked resilient but outmatched.

    The biggest story was how well Kushida was protected. When he got involved, he was unstoppable. The only reason the Japanese Superstar could not do more was because Ruff was so insistent on staying in the fight. This sets up a future fight between Gargano and Kushida at the right moment.

Tommaso Ciampa vs. Tyler Rust

2 OF 6

    Tommaso Ciampa was hardly impressed with newcomer Tyler Rust, who tried to cost him a match against Cameron Grimes the last week. He was more interested in Timothy Thatcher, leaving a steel chair for the technical master at the bottom of the ramp.

    Thatcher arrived and sat down to watch his student compete. Rust accidentally booted his teacher in the face, setting off the technician. Rust took over in the ensuing chaos, pulling Ciampa's left arm hard down onto the apron.

    Rust turned this into a shocking comeback in the match, reversing the Fairy Tale Ending into a big boot followed by an impressive nearfall off a flipping backbreaker. The NXT newcomer showed his teaching, nearly making The Blackheart tap out to the Rings of Saturn.

    However, Ciampa fought back and planted Rust with the Willow's Bell. Afterward, he and Thatcher got into an argument on the stage as officials held the technician back. Malcolm Bivens talked to Rust about his loss.



    Ciampa def. Rust by pinfall.






    Ciampa vs. Rust went too long, but the overall effect was exactly what it needed to be. Rust looked like a star, challenging Ciampa blow for blow. He made the former NXT champion look vulnerable in a way few have, which sold him as a future major threat on the black-and-gold brand.

    Ciampa's feud continues with Thatcher in an interesting manner. The two have unique respect for one another. While The Blackheart won the first fight, if Thatcher defeats him in the second match, it could be a huge moment for the technician.

No. 1 Contender: Kyle O'Reilly vs. Pete Dunne

3 OF 6

    A video package was shown for The Grizzled Young Veterans, who promised they were the best in the tag team division.

    Roderick Strong and Adam Cole walked out with Kyle O'Reilly while Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch backed up Pete Dunne. Killian Dain arrived to attack the heels joined by Undisputed Era and the arrival of Breezango. Through it all, The Bruiserweight and O'Reilly never took their eyes off one another.

    These vicious brawlers went after each other from the bell. They almost got counted out early, so focused on hurting each other. Dunne took over, wearing down O'Reilly with kicks and a modified sleeper. The Undisputed Era member fought back barely before he got trapped in the tree of woe.

    Dunne took every opportunity to stomp on O'Reilly, focusing on the same liver shots that gave Finn Balor the win over the Undisputed Era member. No matter what though, O'Reilly refused to give up and caught Dunne in the ropes to set up a diving knee to win.



    O'Reilly def. Dunne by pinfall to become the new No. 1 contender to the NXT Championship.






    This was one of the best matches aired in NXT all year. These two men did not pull a punch. It was as physical and brutal as the clash between O'Reilly and Balor that left both men injured. There may not be anyone in the main event scene working at a higher level than these two.

    Hopefully, Dunne will get a chance to face Balor in 2021, but it makes complete sense to revisit the match that put The Prince on the shelf. Balor needs the chance to prove he did not just get lucky escaping O'Reilly's wrath.

Shotzi Blackheart vs. Indi Hartwell

4 OF 6

    Xia Li was forced to beat down Boa in an undisclosed location, kicking him until he was bruised and bloody.

    Indi Hartwell wanted to make a statement against Shotzi Blackheart while impressing The Way. Johnny Gargano handed Hartwell Candice LeRae's trophy, and she blasted Blackheart with it. This caused a disqualification.

    Hartwell beat down Blackheart then LeRae planted the tank driver with the Wicked Step Sister.



    Blackheart def. Hartwell by disqualification.






    This was a waste of time on a night where The Way had already been involved. NXT has already spent years dominated by a single faction in Undisputed Era. The Way should not take that same focus away from other stars on the NXT card.

    The trophy was an odd choice to start, but breaking it the next week felt like a wasted angle. It could have been interesting if Blackheart had destroyed it intentionally instead in the next couple weeks. This was all far too awkward.

Karrion Kross vs. Desmond Troy

5 OF 6

    Dexter Lumis watched the night, drawing a picture to declare that he would be the host for NXT New Year's Evil. A video package was shown to highlight the return of Bronson Reed next week. Karrion Kross also explained in a video package that Doomsday is still here in NXT.

    He dominated Desmond Troy from the bell. He beat him down and threw him around effortlessly. He landed a Saito Suplex then locked in the Kross Jacket without breaking a sweat. Kross then laid out a challenge to Damian Priest at New Year's Evil.

    In a backstage interview, Isaiah "Swerve" Scott explained that he has worked harder than Jake Atlas and should not have lost. He wanted a rematch next week. Ever-Rise took the interview over and said they were having their loss stricken from their record.



    Kross def. Troy by submission.






    This was a fun but forgettable way to get Kross back in a WWE ring. He has already squashed so many Performance Center hopefuls that the process is always the same. He dominates without even trying.

    What will be far more interesting is his match with Priest. The two men can test each other at the same level that Keith Lee took Kross to the limit. It will be a battle of heavyweight behemoths that has potential to finally show what Doomsday can be in NXT.

Rhea Ripley vs. Toni Storm

6 OF 6


    Finn Balor made an emphatic statement to Kyle O'Reilly, telling him that this second match would be the end of O'Reilly. Toni Storm and Rhea Ripley talked about the history between them in the NXT UK brand, both hating each other.

    It showed early as The Nightmare chopped Storm into the mat, only to be caught by the cheap tactics of her rival. Storm took over, wearing down The Nightmare with a headlock and a series of knees. Ripley started to get back on a roll until the women met in the middle with a headbutt.

    The Nightmare planted Storm with a dropkick then locked her in the Prism Trap. The heel fought out and planted Ripley with a German suplex for a nearfall. Raquel Gonzalez arrived to save Storm after a near-Rip Tide. Gonzalez then slammed Ripley into the steel post, and Storm Zero sealed the victory.



    Storm def. Ripley by pinfall.






    Ripley and Storm have history, but their chemistry has always been questionable. This was their best match, but both have looked much better with other top women in NXT. It is a testament to this women's division that this match was only good for NXT but would have been great for any other WWE show.

    In the end, the Aussie rockstar needed to win. She makes far too much sense as a rival to Io Shirai. The Nightmare is forever established with plenty of big victories. She helped elevate Storm without losing any momentum.

    Gonzalez vs. Ripley was a really good match at NXT Halloween Havoc, and it feels so much more intense now. The rematch will be one to watch

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AEW Dynamite Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights from December 16

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    Credit: All Elite Wrestling

    AEW looked to continue its momentous run Wednesday night on TNT with a show headlined by AEW World Champion Kenny Omega in action, a gigantic 14-man tag team match featuring Chris Jericho and The Inner Circle, and another appearance by "The Icon" Sting.

    What significant storyline developments and awe-inspiring in-ring action awaited the AEW fans?

    Find out now with this recap of the December 16 episode.

Match Card

1 OF 8

    Already announced for Wednesday's show:


    • World Title Eliminator Match: Joey Janela vs. AEW World Champion Kenny Omega
    • Brandon Cutler, Top Flight, Varsity Blondes and Best Friends vs. The Inner Circle
    • Cody Rhodes vs. Angelico
    • Serena Deeb and Big Swole vs. Ivelisse and Diamante
    • SCU vs. The Acclaimed
    • Dasha Gonzalez interviews Dustin Rhodes
    • Eddie Kingston speaks to his enemies


    Coverage begins at 8:00 PM.

Hangman Page and Dark Order vs. Matt Hardy and Private Party

2 OF 8

    Credit: All Elite Wrestling

    A week after hesitantly agreeing to team with The Dark Order, “Hangman” Adam Page partnered with Alex Reynolds and John Silver to battle Matt Hardy and Private Party in a big Six-Man Tag Team Match at top of Wednesday’s show.

    Page, Silver and Reynolds showed solid teamwork in the opening moments of the bout, clearing the opposition from the ring and celebrating their early success. The Dark Order minions downed Isiah Kassidy and Page followed with a standing Shooting Star Press for a near-fall as the thrown-together team continued their domination.

    Marq Quen turned the tide for Hardy and Private Party, taking the fight to Silver, then joining Kassidy in several double-team sequences to maintain control. Hardy wasted too much time as he showboated on the ropes and ate a big right hand to the midsection.

    Page tagged in and unloaded on the competition, showing incredible agility, speed and tenacity as he tore through the opposition. 

    Reynolds tagged in and unloaded on Quen, showing great speed while doing so. Page and Silver joined in, nearly scoring the win until a well-timed save by Hardy. A Twist of Fate by Hardy drove Silver’s knee into the apron, leaving the breakout star of Being The Elite to nurse his injury on the floor.

    Back inside, Private Party delivered Gin and Juice on Reynolds, only for Hardy to tag himself in and score the win.



    Hardy and Private Party defeated Silver, Reynolds and Page






    This was the fun, fast-paced match that sets the table for the rest of the show and creates an energy for every other match to feed off of.

    Page and Dark Order demonstrated some solid in-ring chemistry, each of the three competitors having the opportunity to showcase their abilities. The underrated Reynolds really shined in his brief outburst late in the match.

    The story here was more about Hardy picking up the pieces and gaining the glory of the win, despite leaving Quen and Kassidy to carry the load of the work. Hardy is very clearly turning heel, his “truth is the truth” shtick likely to be the theme of his next run.

    It is only a matter of time before Private Party severs ties with the veteran competitor, necessitating the heel turn. If it doesn’t come before that.

Cody Rhodes vs. Angelico

3 OF 8

    Credit: All Elite Wrestling

    Moments after a vignette announcing Brandi Rhodes’ pregnancy aired, Cody Rhodes made his way to the squared circle for his scheduled match with Angelico, hellbent on proving to Sting he’s not just some “kid” following last week’s encounter.

    A father-to-be, with the topic of Sting hanging overhead like a heavy winter’s cloud, he faced the very real possibility of an upset loss to the mat magician Angelico, who had shown a propensity for stretching and submitting his opponents in recent months.

    Angelico worked the lower body of Rhodes during the break but The American Nightmare fired off a flurry of offense coming out of the commercial timeout. A big powerslam downed the South African and a big pump kick further stunned him.

    Angelico caught Cody coming off the ropes with the Disaster Kick, dodged it and applied the Navaro Death Roll. Rhodes fought to the ropes, forcing the break. Angelico countered the Cross Rhodes but could not avoid the Cody Cutter, which earned the EVP of AEW the win.

    Taz appeared after the match with his Team Taz cohorts Will Hobbs, Ricky Starks, Brian Cage, and son Hook. “Team Taz is coming to the ring and you’re going to be put on paternity leave.” 

    The arena darkened, the snow fell and Sting arrived, his trademark black baseball bat in hand. Team Taz pulled an overzealous Hobbs back, preventing him from making a mistake. Cody and Darby Allin were both show, one with awe on his face, the other emotionless, as The Icon stood tall on the ramp.



    Rhodes defeated Angelico






    Cody has a tendency to take undercard talents who have impressed in recent weeks and work with them in a high-profile singles match, allowing them to benefit from working with one of the company’s top stars. This was no different as Angelico was allowed to showcase his abilities outside of the confines of a typical tag team match and the result was a solid match hampered ever-so-slightly by the timeout.

    Team Taz continuing their rivalry with Cody made sense and allowed the leader of that faction to remind viewers of the impending Allin-Cage match. It was the appearance by Sting, the tease of an inevitable match with Cody, and his obvious influence on Allin that continues to create intrigue and keep fans engaged.

    Thus far, he has been utilized to perfection and created a number of compelling story threads that AEW can explore, flesh out, and pay off over the course of the next year if it so pleases.

Eddie Kingston Addresses His Enemies

4 OF 8

    Credit: All Elite Wrestling

    Eddie Kingston made hit the ring to address his enemies.

    He addressed Pac, claiming to have ended The Bastard’s career, before turning his attention to Lance Archer.

    The Murderhawk Madman made his presence felt, attacking him until The Butcher and The Blade made the save. The Lucha Bros hit the ring next, joined by Pac, whose arrival stunned Kingston.

    Death Triangle, reunited, teed off on Kingston’s “Fam” before Pac and Archer argued over who was next to get their hands on Kingston.






    This is such a delightfully intriguing story, if only because everyone involved is a heel. While that would never work in other companies, it does here because of the enormity of the personalities involved. Kingston is such a fantastic heel that even a tandem as devious and destructive as Archer and Jake “The Snake” Roberts are babyfaces in comparison.

    People want to see Kingston get his ass kicked, regardless of who is carrying out the deed. Butcher and Blade have been great as his heavies, too. Pac and Lucha Bros are such intense, talented and flashy performers, they can attract cheers in necessary situations.

12-Man Tag Team Match

5 OF 8

    Credit: All Elite Wrestling

    Top Flight (Darius and Dante Martin), The Varsity Blondes (Brian Pillman Jr. and Griff Garrison), and Best Friends (Chuck Taylor and Trent) battled The Inner Circle’s Chris Jericho, MJF Jake Hager, Santana, Ortiz and Sammy Guevara in an enormous 12-Man Tag Team Match.

    Conspicuous by their absences were Brandon Cutler and Wardlow, both originally scheduled for the contest.

    Pillman and Jericho grappled early as the commentary team put over the generational gap between them. The heels momentary seized control, working over Garrison, until a big hip toss to Guevara allowed him to tag in Dante of Top Flight. The young star looked to trade kicks with The Spanish God but paid for it as the arrogant heel, compared to Eddie Guerrero by Jim Ross, again seized control for the heels.

    Best Friends, Santana and Ortiz came to blows for the first time since their acclaimed Parking Lot Brawl, inciting a donnybrook that ended with the babyfaces standing tall and a six-way hug to pop the crowd.

    The heels swarmed Trent and beat him down on the outside heading into the break.

    Back from the commercial, Trent delivered a big DDT that allowed him to create separation and deliver a side suplex to Ortiz. Darius Martin tagged in and delivered a standing Spanish Fly to Ortiz. Dante wiped out both Ortiz and Santana with a dive.

    Best Friends delivered the half and half Soul Food combination on Ortiz and The Varsity Blondes added more punishment. A bat to the back of Garrison, Hager paying homage to Wardlow with the F-10 and a cheap pinfall by MJF led to the win for Inner Circle.

    After the match, Top Flight sent Jericho and MJF scurrying to the flor before standing tall in the center of the ring.



    Inner Circle defeated Top Flight, Varsity Blondes and Best Friends






    The action was solid and consistent, never giving fans the opportunity to their collective breath.

    Unfortunately, there were so many moving parts, so many performers to service and not nearly enough time for everyone to get all of their stuff in and properly showcase themselves. As a result, what could have been an extraordinary multi-man tag was merely good, with the right team going over.

    MJF tagging in and reaping the rewards of others’ hard work was so on-brand and a perfect bit of booking. Hager paying tribute to Wardlow, who it was revealed was unable to travel due to family issues, was a nice tip of the hat, too.

    Top Flight getting their heat back after the match by attacking Jericho and the aforementioned MJF seems to hint at a possible match between the two teams in the very near future.

SCU vs. The Acclaimed

6 OF 8

    Credit: All Elite Wrestling

    Max Castor and Anthony Bowens, known collectively as The Acclaimed, battled SCU’s Frankie Kazarian and Christopher Daniels in tag team action. Bowens and Castor sought to improve on their top five tag team ranking.

    After a pre-match rap battle, Castor and Bowens seized control by isolating Kazarian and working him over through the picture-in-picture commercial break. Kazarian fought back, created separation and tagged Daniels into the match. 

    The Fallen Angel teed off on the opposition, looked for Angel’s Wings on Bowens but settled for a uranage. A well-timed interjection from Castor provided just enough of a distraction to slow Daniels down and prevent a loss.

    Castor delivered an illegal shot to the face of Daniels with the boom box and Bowens picked up the pin-fall victory to retain his team’s spot in the tag team rankings.

    After the match, the victors issued a challenge to The Young Bucks for an AEW Tag Team Championship Match on next week’s show.



    The Acclaimed defeated SCU






    The pre-match rap battle fell flat and the crowd’s lack of reaction to The Acclaimed’s victory suggests the push may be a bit too quick, a bit too soon. They were a step or two off SCU, showing their youth and inexperience. While they are impressive athletes and look like a million bucks, they could really use more refining before they are thrown into a world title match with the Bucks. 

    Not a bad match, by any means, but this definitely feels a bit premature, even if AEW’s dedication to spotlighting fresh new stars is commendable.

Big Swole and Serena Deeb vs. Diamante and Ivelisse

7 OF 8

    Credit: All Elite Wrestling

    Big Swole and NWA Women’s Champion Serena Deeb had Diamante and Ivelisse reeling early on in their tag team match Wednesday night. A well-timed bit of interference from Ivelisse, though, allowed the heels to slow Swole’s momentum and double-team her in the corner to wrestle the advantage away from their opponents.

    Deeb tagged in after the break and wasted little time trapping Ivelisse in a Figure Four. A tag to Diamante allowed her to break the hold and the heels to continue their impressive dominance over their opponents.

    Swole tagged back into the match, applied the Clear Water Cloverleaf and earned the submission victory.

    After the match, Nyla Rose and Vickie Guerrero hit the ring and attacked the winners. Red Velvet hit the ring with a chair in-hand, chasing the heels out of the ring and earning the slightest bit of revenge after the attack she endured at their hands last week.



    Deeb and Swole defeated Diamante and Ivelisse






    The majority of the match took place during the commercial break, a good portion of which was not featured in the picture-in-picture format. Still, the commentary team put over the improvements made by Swole and her training under Dean Malenko and the result was a finish that highlighted said evolution.

    Red Velvet making the save was a logical development and puts her in a position to enjoy expanded television time, something she has certainly earned based on her recent in-ring performances.

    The fact that AEW is making a concentrated effort to emphasize a women’s feud outside of the title picture is a step in the right direction for the most criticized area of the company’s shows.

No Disqualification World Title Eliminator Match: Joey Janela vs. Kenny Omega

8 OF 8

    Credit: All Elite Wrestling

    Just 24 hours after it was announced that he will team with Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson to battle Rich Swann and The Motor City Machine Guns at Impact Wrestling’s Hard to Kill on January 16, AEW World Champion Kenny Omega battled a familiar foe in “The Bad Boy” Joey Janela in a No Disqualification World Title Eliminator Match.

    Janela rocked Omega with a trash can shot to the face before the bell, only to fall prey to a jumping leg drop onto a steel chair while Don Callis provided live commentary over the house mic. A tope con hilo continued the champion’s early dominance.

    Omega brutalized Janela, delivering a vicious double stomp that drove the trash can into Janela’s face. He set up for the One-Winged Angel but Janela reversed into a reverse rana. At ringside, Sonny Kiss retrieved a table in time for Janela to lay into his opponent with a series of right hands.

    With Omega draped on the table, The Bad Boy delivered a top-rope leg drop from the turnbuckle to the floor.

    A moonsault press off the top missed, though, and Omega delivered the V-Trigger, followed by a second. The One-Winged Angel ended Janela’s night as the champion earned another victory. Omega taunted Kiss at ringside before Callis cut another promo claiming there are no more questions to be answered for the champ.

    Pac and Death Triangle appeared and The Bastard questioned how Omega can be the rightful champion when Rey Fenix competed in the World Title Eliminator Tournament...and never lost. Pac revealed that per Tony Khan, Omega will defend against Fenix on December 30. 



    Omega defeated Janela






    Talk about a jam-packed main event segment rushed due to time constraints.

    Omega essentially squashed Janela here. While some will cite the table spot as evidence that Janela was allowed to appear competitive, the fact of the matter is that it was concocted to avoid total squash status. Regardless of one’s opinion of AEW’s use of Janela since day one, there is no denying that Omega looked like a dominant champion whose one brief flirtation with overconfidence nearly cost him the win.

    Fenix emerging as the next challenger to the gold makes sense and having Pac, whose own issues with Omega are well-documented, announce it was a nice touch and sets up what will be a must-see championship clash for the last episode of Dynamite in 2020.

    A solid way to end what was a nonstop night of action and storyline development for a company riding a wave of momentum

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