WWE NXT: Huge Championship Match, a Very Gargano Christmas, Ripley vs Kai, Finn Balor Appears, Huge Star Returns

Published 12/23/2020, 1:11 PM EST

WWE NXT is set to put on another blockbuster episode. Huge names will be in action, and the NXT Champion will also be present. The card might seem a little weak as compared to AEW Dynamite’s Holiday Bash, but NXT will look to hold their own. NXT promises an incredible show with great wrestling.


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A Very Gargano Christmas on WWE NXT


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NXT gets into the holiday mood with a special segment. Johnny Gargano, Candice Le Rae, Austin Theory and Indi Hartwell will celebrate the holidays in a ‘very Gargano way’.

After winning the North American Championship, Johnny Gargano’s obnoxiousness has risen through the roof. This segment screams mindless entertainment.

With Damien Priest busy with Karrion Kross, we might also see a new challenger emerge for the North American Title. Maybe the returning Bronson Reed can stake his claim for the title he came so close to winning at Takeover: XXX.

Rhea Ripley takes on Dakota Kai

Former NXT Champion Rhea Ripley announced that she is not leaving NXT anytime soon. The following week, she suffered a devastating loss to Toni Storm after Raquel Gonzalez attacked her from behind.

Ripley will look to vent her rage on Raquel’s friend Dakota Kai and set her course straight towards the NXT Championship.

Kai will also look to get back into the NXT Championship picture. She put on an incredible performance at Takeover: War Games, one worthy of an NXT Championship shot. A win over Ripley will surely put her in line for a title shot.

However, Gonzalez pinned Shirai, meaning she too will look to stake her claim for the title.

 NXT Tag Team Championship’s on the line

Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch will defend their NXT Tag Titles against the ragtag team of Drake Maverick and Killian Dain. The dollar store version of Team Hell No has been mildly entertaining, which apparently warrants a title shot.

To make things more interesting, the match will be fought under Street Fight rules.

Lorcan and Burch will look to destroy their challengers, as the Undisputed Era seems to be their biggest threats. However, an injury to Bobby Fish throws a wrench in their plans.

Will Dain and Maverick shock the champs, or will Lorcan and Burch steamroll their challengers?

Finn Balor makes an appearance on WWE NXT


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NXT Champion Finn Balor is set to take on Kyle O’Reilly on January 6th, 2021 at the New Year’s Evil episode of WWE NXT. Before that match, he and his opponent will relive their amazingly brutal first encounter at NXT Takeover: 31.

The remainder of the Undisputed Era has not been announced for the show yet, but they might be present to encourage O’Reilly. Other matches include Jake Atlas vs Isiah Scott.


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Scott will try to prove that his loss to Atlas last week was just a fluke. Atlas will try to return to the NXT Cruiserweight Championship picture.


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Nathan Fulgado is a WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports. Having published close to 1000 professional wrestling articles, Nathan is currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier's College. He has previously worked at Free Press Journal as a local journalist.