WWE NXT Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights from December 27
With just days remaining in 2022, WWE NXT planned to go out swinging. In the main event of this December 27 show, Wes Lee would defend the NXT North American Championship against Tony D'Angelo.
Wendy Choo looked to get some revenge against Cora Jade, who has haunted her for months. Julius Creed was looking to prove himself against JD McDonagh in a rematch.
Fallon Henley needed to fight with everything to win The Battle for the Bar against Kiana James. Edris Enofé, Malik Blade and Odyssey Jones hoped to shut up Joe Gacy and The Schism in a six-man tag.
This was a chance to build to the future with many stars seeking to make a splash that would give more opportunities in 2023.
JD McDonagh vs. Julius Creed (w/ Brutus Creed)
Julius Creed exorcised one of his past demons by overcoming JD McDonagh, finishing it up a rolling shoulder slam and a running low clothesline. Indus Sher agreed to a match at NXT New Year's Evil.
This was a solid start to the show. The Necessary Evil guided Julius to one of his strongest singles performances to date, ending in a definitive win for the future.
It was a little surprising to see someone who is still a tag team guy first defeat one of NXT's top heels with limited fanfare, but NXT is clearly behind The Creed Brothers, especially Julius as a future top guy.
Assumedly, Indus Sher will defeat The Creed Brothers to send the brothers to the main roster or push Julius and Brutus to work more as singles stars. Sanga and Veer Mahaan have a chance to prove their value not just in NXT but for a quick main roster jump.
Julius def. McDonagh by pinfall.
- Julius caught McDonagh with a snap knee but then ran into a standing Spanish Fly.
- McDonagh nearly got the win off a brainbuster then went for a moonsault but missed.
Cora Jade vs. Wendy Choo
Cora Jade talked too much trash and let Wendy Choo pick up a big win with a full nelson slam and Vader Bomb.
This was the second surprise result of the night. Jade has been a priority in NXT for a while, especially since her heel turn, so Choo picking up a win over her means a lot.
The action was solid, but the match lacked drama. The two were too focused on hitting their spots to sell the moment of Choo picking up her victory. This is an area where both can still improve with training.
Choo def. Jade by pinfall.
- Choo ran into this match angry, attacking Jade before the announcer could even say her name during her entrance.
- Choo nearly got the win off a sit-out powerbomb and diving crossbody.
- Josh Briggs questioned if Brooks Jensen was focused on supporting Fallon Henley.
Scrypts vs. Ikemen Jiro
Ikemen Jiro fought with motivated aggression to get back at Scrypts for taking his jacket, but Scrypts caught him with a diving somersault seated senton to win.
Scrypts' gimmick is a poorly conceived enigma, but he is still a talent to watch. He is a far more complete performer than he was when he arrived in WWE. That showed in this engaging sprint.
NXT is committed to this character, and perhaps with time, it will work better. However, at this time, it comes off as a waste of a talented high flier that is a character all on his own thanks to his impressive athleticism.
Scrypts def. Jiro by pinfall.
- On his way to the ring, Jiro explained what his jacket meant to him.
- Scrypts appeared behind Jiro jumping over the ropes into the ring.
- NXT showed another vignette on Oro Mensah's love of the nightlife.
Lyra Valkyria vs. Lash Legend
While Lash Legend's size gave her an early edge, Lyra Valkyria caught Legend with a roundhouse kick into a frog splash for the victory.
In her second NXT match, Valkyria had some trouble working with Legend. This has been a consistent issue for Legend, who is makes it difficult for most women to find chemistry with her.
However, Valkyria is still struggling to prove herself as a mainstay. Her offense has not looked impactful enough, especially her finisher, and she looks too small on television to compete with the bigger names in wrestling. She needs to find her in-ring presence.
Valkyria def. Legend by pinfall.
- The rain effect was moved to the end of Valkyria's entrance and is still bad CGI.
- Valkyria sent Legend to the floor with an arm drag then caught with a baseball slide, but Legend pulled her out of the ring and chopped her into the apron.
- Vic Joseph and Booker T acted surprised that Legend was dominating despite having more NXT screen time going into this match and a major size advantage.
The Schism vs. Edris Enofé, Malik Blade and Odyssey Jones
After taking out Odyssey Jones, Joe Gacy and Rip Fowler held up Edris Enofé and Malik Blade for a double Doomsday Device. They followed up by planting Enofé with the Ticket to Mayhem into The Upside Down for the win.
I have not fully believed in The Schism as a stable until this match. The tag team synergy on display made them look not only cohesive but dangerous. The closing stretch was especially excellent with triple team offense rarely seen in WWE.
This was largely one sided, so the contest lacked some drama but made up for it by fully establishing the way these "roots of the same tree" work in sync. If The Schism keeps working like this, the stable could genuinely win over the audience.
Schism def. Enofé, Blade and Jones by pinfall.
- Before the match, The Schism warned their opponents that they were seeking temporary and fleeting pleasures.
- Blade hit a diving splash off the shoulders of Jones onto Fowler.
- During the match, Ava Raine told Booker T what Schism is all about.
- Jones planted both members of The Dyad with sidewalk slams, setting up Enofé for a diving elbow on Reid.
- Schism hit Jones with repeat suicide dives until he collapsed.
Battle for the Bar: Kiana James vs. Fallon Henley (w/ Josh Briggs and Brooks Jensen)
Fallon Henley tripped Kiana James, causing her to twist her ankle. Henley took advantage to hit a Shining Wizard for the victory. Josh Briggs supported her while Brooks Jensen seemed conflicted.
This was a fine match, the best Henley and James have had, but it was a clear showcase that James still is far from ready. She could not match Henley for emotion or technique throughout.
The finish felt rushed, but at least it was the right call. NXT has not used Henley's bar nearly enough to pass it off to someone else, and it can be a good gimmick for her, Briggs and Jensen on the main roster.
Henley def. James to defend the rights to her family bar.
- Backstage, Briggs questioned Jensen's commitment to his friend Henley.
- Henley planted James with a running bulldog for a nearfall. James responded with a gutbuster for a nearfall.
- Jensen looked like he was rooting for James near the end and was disappointed when Henley picked up the win.
- Trick Williams and Carmelo Hayes confidently declared they would defeat Axiom and Apollo Crews next week in separate matches.
Charlie Dempsey Interrupts Drew Gulak During His Invitational
Drew Gulak hosted an in-ring invitational where he made each man submit. He held his submission too long on Myles Borne, and Hank Walker had to tell him to let up. Charlie Dempsey crashed the invitational and challenged Walker to a match next week.
This was a simple segment, building up Gulak's role in NXT. He is starting out as the friendly teacher, but even in his invitational, his anger began to show. It is unlikely he will remain a face long term in NXT.
While Gulak helping build up Walker is an interesting angle, it makes more sense for Gulak to join Dempsey in creating a wrestling school that is not kind to any students. NXT will just have to be careful to not veer too close to make a knockoff Blackpool Combat Club.
- Grayson Waller left Bron Breakker a video message from Australia. Breakker responded by breaking the television that showed the message.
- Toxic Attraction promised to make 2023 all about NXT's most dominant women's stable (minus Mandy Rose) and focused on taking down Roxanne Perez.
- In a backstage interview, Perez talked up the legacy she needed to live up to as NXT women's champion.
- Alba Fyre challenged Isla Dawn to an Extreme Rules match next week. Dawn later accepted with confidence.
NXT North American Championship: Wes Lee (c) vs. Tony D'Angelo (w/ Stacks)
Tony D'Angelo got too focused in this match on hurting Wes Lee. This allowed a timely distraction from Dijak attacking Channing "Stacks" Lorenzo, which set up the champion to hit his handspring kick for the win.
This was a solid though unspectacular main event. D'Angelo pushed Lee with a focused offense, telling a complete story of The Don focusing too much on hurting his opponent.
It would have been nice to see more drama down the stretch though as the finish felt abrupt, similar to much of the action on this week's NXT.
The right man won, setting up a likely triple threat title match sooner rather than later with Dijak included. Lee still has a lot more to prove as champion before losing the NXT North American Championship.
Lee def. D'Angelo by pinfall to retain the NXT North American Championship.
- D'Angelo explained in an interview why he was not scared of Lee or Dijak.
- Lee kicked out the leg of The Don. He caught him with a standing shooting star press, and when D'Angelo rolled outside, Lee followed with a suicide dive.
- The Don suplexed Lee knee-first onto the announce table.