WWE NXT Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights from December 27
For weeks, NXT has built to a massive Fatal 4-Way No. 1 Contender’s match, and Wednesday night, Johnny Gargano, Aleister Black, Killian Dain and Lars Sullivan waged war for the right to challenge Andrade “Cien” Almas for the NXT Championship at TakeOver: Philly.
That enormous, blockbuster main event was not the only match of significance on this week’s broadcast.
Women’s champion Ember Moon battled Raw’s Sonya Deville, and The Street Profits filled in the NXT Universe on its plans for the new year, rounding out another action-packed episode of the acclaimed WWE Network show.
Relive the matches and moments from Wednesday’s show with this recap, including grades for each match and analysis on the outcomes.
The Street Profits vs. Chris Starr and Riley Apex
The Street Profits kicked off this week’s show with a squash match not unlike fans have seen out of them since their debut months ago.
Angelo Dawkins and Montez Ford rolled to another victory in impressive and dominant fashion, then took to the stands, joining fans for a promo that hinted at their upcoming year.
They called out tag teams, including The Authors of Pain, Sanity and The Undisputed Era, suggesting they may be looking to move on from squash matches as the new year approaches.
The Street Profits defeated Chris Starr and Riley Apex
The Street Profits have won squash matches before, but that was not what this segment was about.
This was about foreshadowing some of the tag team rivalries that await Dawkins and Ford as they move into 2018. They have yet to be tested or showcase their abilities against the best the brand has to offer.
What lies ahead of them trumps what they put behind them Wednesday night.
NXT Women’s Championship Match: Ember Moon vs. Sonya Deville
Sonya Deville rode a wave of momentum, established via her victory over Ruby Riott a few weeks back, into Wednesday’s show and a date with NXT women’s champion Ember Moon.
The former MMA star, now a main roster star on Raw, worked over Moon and took away some of her dynamic offense early. No matter how many attempts at a comeback Moon made, Deville continued to cut her off, keeping her chances at victory alive.
- The champion avoided a sliding knee strike and delivered a springboard dropkick.
- The surging champion was able to successfully defend her title, delivering The Eclipse and scoring a pinfall.
- After the match, Kairi Sane arrived and insinuated she will be the next Superstar to challenge for Moon’s title.
- From out of nowhere, Shayna Baszler attacked from behind, choking Sane out as referees attempted to pull her off.
Ember Moon defeated Sonya Deville
This was, by far, the best Deville has looked in NXT. She hanged in there with Moon, who was fresh off several superb performances in recent months and never looked out of place or overwhelmed by the moment.
The match itself did not live up to the TakeOver women’s bouts, but it was a good, solid television match that should serve as the conclusion of the Absolution member’s run with the brand.
The teasing of a Sane-Moon match was a nice touch as that is the next high-profile bout the division has to offer. The debut of Baszler, immediately targeting the woman who took the Mae Young Classic trophy from her this past fall, was even better.
An excellent segment that laid the groundwork for several stories going forward.
Fatal 4-Way No. 1 Contender’s Match
Johnny Gargano, Aleister Black, Lars Sullivan and Killian Dain advanced to Wednesday night’s main event by winning hard-fought bouts against some of the best Superstars NXT has to offer. With the allure of a championship match at TakeOver: Philly up for grabs, the fresh faces in the title picture waged war.
There were several storyline threads weaved into the match, including Sullivan’s path of rage and Dain’s continued excellence in big-match situations. No story was more integral in affecting the outcome of the bout than The Undisputed Era attacking Black and costing him the match, a receipt for him defeating Adam Cole to advance to the bout.
Late in the match, Sullivan and Dain were disposed of at ringside. Gargano delivered a big DDT to a beaten down Black and scored the improbable, surprise win.
Johnny Gargano defeated Aleister Black, Lars Sullivan and Killian Dain to become No. 1 contender
The redemption of Johnny Gargano continued Wednesday as he overcame a series of heartbreaking losses, professional disappointments and an intensely painful backstabbing to earn a shot at Andrade “Cien” Almas’ NXT Championship in Philadelphia on January 27.
His victory was not the only noteworthy event from the marquee bout, as it now appears certain that Aleister Black and Adam Cole will do battle at the show, the result of Undisputed Era’s attack on the enigmatic star during the match.
Sullivan and Dain each looked spectacular here, and a match between the two budding big men could make for some immensely entertaining wars of attrition.