WWE NXT Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights from December 6
One rivalry came to an end Wednesday, and two Superstars looked to the future and a potential championship opportunity on the December 6 episode of NXT.
Ruby Riott and Sonya Deville brought their weeks-long rivalry to a conclusion in a heated No Holds Barred match, but it was Johnny Gargano and Kassius Ohno who had fans believing the disdain was legit as they beat the ever-loving hell out of each other in an intensely competitive main event.
Would it be Johnny Wrestling or NXT's resident knockout artist who advanced to the upcoming Fatal 4-Way No. 1 Contender's match, and would Killian Dain or Trent Seven join them?
Kicking off the festivities was new NXT champion Andrade "Cien" Almas, setting the tone for his title reign with a championship celebration.
Andrade "Cien" Almas Celebration Party
On the heels of a monumental and unexpected NXT Championship victory over Drew McIntyre at TakeOver: WarGames, Andrade "Cien" Almas hit the ring for a grand celebration, accompanied to the squared circle by business associate Zelina Vega.
Vega took the microphone and wasted little time putting Almas' feat over. The champion responded, simply telling the WWE Universe and his many detractors, "I told you so."
He finished the rest of his promo primarily in Spanish.
Short, sweet and to the point, this is exactly what it needed to be.
Vega, the heater for the talented champion, hit the right notes as she addressed the NXT fans. Then, for Almas to casually and arrogantly reiterate that he told the fans so was a nice touch by a Superstar thriving after a year of losing.
A solid, if unspectacular, segment that did what it set out to.
Killian Dain vs. Trent Seven
Killian Dain impressed with his showing at TakeOver: WarGames and had to be considered a favorite to win the entire tournament to determine Almas' next No. 1 contender.
In order to advance, though, he would battle the United Kingdom's Trent Seven.
Dain controlled the majority of the match but found himself unable to put the resilient Seven away. He endured a flurry of chops, a DDT and the international star's trademark lariat clothesline.
The big man shook it off, though, and delivered a big running senton for the victory.
Killian Dain defeated Trent Seven
Dain is a monster of a competitor and continues to get better with every passing opportunity to shine.
On the surface, a match with Seven is hardly what one would consider awe-inspiring, but this was a fun, physical war that put Dain over strong, as it should have.
Ruby Riott vs. Sonya Deville
The rivalry between Ruby Riott and Sonya Deville predated their main roster call-ups, and Wednesday night, it came to an end in a No Holds Barred match.
Deville, demonstrating how advanced her mat game has become since her debut, utilized a mat-based submission game to keep her more experienced opponent grounded. More importantly, it allowed her to target the previously injured leg, which factored into the match early.
Riott mounted fiery comebacks but ultimately found herself trapped in a triangle choke.
Refusing to give up, she faded into motionlessness as Deville was declared the victor.
Sonya Deville defeated Ruby Riott via referee decision
Just in case you did not know the Raw brand takes precedence over SmackDown Live, Deville picked up a victory over Riott despite being the heel in this instance.
Deville looked great here and was treated like a star, which she has the potential to be. Her submission work sets her apart from other female competitors on Raw and SmackDown Live and will play a key role in any success she achieves under the bright lights.
Riott is such a good babyface that it should be interesting to see how she fares as a heel on Tuesday nights.
Johnny Gargano vs. Kassius Ohno
Two of the most popular Superstars in NXT squared off in Wednesday night's main event as Johnny Gargano and Kassius Ohno fought for the right to advance to the Fatal 4-Way match to determine the next No. 1 contender.
The crowd was red-hot for the main event, chanting for each Superstar. Gargano's reaction was particularly impressive as the former tag team champion continues to connect with the audience.
Ohno, the larger of the two competitors, seized control of the match and worked his smaller opponent for its majority. The strikes were incredibly stiff, the Superstars not wasting an opportunity to lay it into each other. In a particularly effective spot, Ohno laughed at Gargano's attempt to trade strikes with him, then answered with a senton.
The drama escalated with every near-fall, and fans came unglued on more than one occasion.
In the end, Gargano trapped his opponent in the Gargano Escape and scored the tapout victory, advancing to the upcoming No. 1 Contender's match.
Johnny Gargano defeated Kassius Ohno
Gargano's story has been one of the most engrossing in all of NXT.
The former tag team champion with Tommaso Ciampa has struggled to find singles success since splitting with The Sicilian Psychopath, including several high-profile losses to current NXT champion Andrade Almas. This victory over Ohno signifies the reversal of fortunes and catapults Gargano into championship contention, a place it did not appear would be a reality just a month ago.
A stiff, hard-hitting match that was as brutal as it was emotional, it was a fantastic way to cap off this week's show and give fans a taste of what they can expect going forward.