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NXT 12/13/17 Review: Fade to Black or Adam Cole Bay Bay?!

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NXT on December 13, 2017, was a great show that is building up characters as well as possibly building new feuds and storylines in the near future. Let’s break it down:


We start off the show with a video package of highlighting William Regal‘s announcement of determining a new #1 Contender for the NXT Championship as Aleister Black Vs. Adam Cole will take place later on this show. Nice to see them making a big deal of who will be the next #1 Contender for the NXT Championship. Well produced video package here.

Fabian Aichner Vs. Andrade “Cien” Almas was a great match. This is Andrade “Cien” Almas’ first match ever since being NXT Champion as he went up against the upcoming Fabian Aichner and it was a great match.

Fabian Aichner was extremely impressive in this match as he took the NXT Champion to the limit. His springboard crossbody to the outside, his springboard DDT, and his powerbomb on Andrade “Cien” Almas were executed perfectly. Andrade “Cien” Almas got the better of Fabian Aichner due to the assist of Zelina Vega as Zelina Vega distracted Fabian Aichner where Andrade “Cien” Almas took advantage by throwing him over the top rope and Irish whip him to the steel steps. Great work by both men here.

The ending of the match came when Andrade “Cien” Almas hit the Hammerlock DDT on Fabian Aichner for the pin and win. A good win for Andrade “Cien” Almas and an impressive showing by Fabian Aichner. Tranquilo!

Great match and I can’t wait to see more of Fabian Aichner in NXT and who will face Andrade “Cien” Almas for the NXT Championship at NXT Philadelphia.

We then get a vignette of Aleister Black as he will be in action later on the show. They continue to make Aleister Black a big deal and it’s only a matter of time before he becomes the #1 Contender for the NXT Championship. Fade to black!

The backstage promo from SAnitY was great. Eric Young said that War Games was beautiful as they thought it would be, but the outcome is not what they wanted. He then said that they will finish what they started next week as they will defend the NXT Tag Team Championships against Undisputed Era. Nikki Cross and Alexander Wolfe laughed as Killian Dain seethed in the background.

I really like the promos that SAnitY does as they usually do their promos in places that are dark and mysterious which makes them stand out. Looking forward to the NXT Tag Team Championship match next week. Should be a lot of fun. Great backstage promo here.

Manliest Governors Vs. Authors of Pain was a great tag team match. After Authors of Pain lost the War Games match at NXT War Games, they look to get back on top as they went up against the newly formed tag team of Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch which I will name them, Manliest Governors, until they get an official tag team name.

Manliest Governors were impressive in this match as they got some nice offense on Authors of Pain with their chops, slaps, and European Uppercuts on Authors of Pain. Authors of Pain showed why they are a dominant tag team in NXT as Rezar hit a devastating clothesline on Danny Burch and Akam hit a devastating Death Valley Driver on Oney Lorcan to the corner. The Super Collider (Stereo powerbombs while colliding to each other) on Manliest Governors by Authors of Pain looked devastating as always. Great work by both teams here.

The ending of the match came when Authors of Pain hit The Last Chapter (Russian legsweep/clothesline combination) on Oney Lorcan for the pin and win. A good win for Authors of Pain as The Manliest Governors continue to have potential as a tag team.

Great tag team match and I’m interested to see what’s next for Authors of Pain and Manliest Governors in NXT.

We then get a video package of the feud between Pete Dunne and Tyler Bate as they will face each other next week for the WWE United Kingdom Championship. That should be an awesome match and I’m looking forward to it.

Ember Moon Vs. Peyton Royce was a great women’s match. After The Iconic Duo wanted a match against Ember Moon, they got it as it was Peyton Royce that challenged Ember Moon and it was a great women’s match.

Peyton Royce got some awesome offense in this match as her forearm smashes, back elbows, and knees on Ember Moon’s face looked like it knocked her out momentarily. Despite the odds against Ember Moon, she fought back against The Iconic Duo including a diving crossbody to the outside on The Iconic Duo and her assisted middle rope single foot stomp on Peyton Royce looked devastating. Great work by both women here.

The ending of the match came when Ember Moon hit The Eclipse (Diving corkscrew stunner) on Peyton Royce for the pin and win. A good win for Ember Moon as she’s looking strong as the new NXT Women’s Champion.

After the match, Billie Kay hit a big boot on Ember Moon as she started to beat her down. Peyton Royce then hit a running bulldog on Ember Moon onto the knee of Billie Kay and began to beat her down more until Nikki Cross came in and attacked The Iconic Duo retreated. Nikki Cross then stared at the NXT Women’s Championship for a bit before running the ropes and leaving the ring as Ember Moon looks on.

It seems like we may have an idea of our next NXT Women’s Championship feud and that could be Ember Moon Vs. Nikki Cross. If that’s the case, I think that would be a great feud/match for the NXT Women’s Championship. However, I sense a tag team match between Ember Moon and Nikki Cross Vs. The Iconic Duo first. We’ll see how it goes.

Great women’s match as I’m looking forward to the possible NXT Women’s Championship feud/match between Ember Moon and Nikki Cross. (Since the match and segment wasn’t on the USA Network version of NXT, they have a video package of Ember Moon instead so here it is.)

We then get a WWE.com exclusive from last week as Street Profits began to do their own talk show as they interview fans and so forth. Nice to see Street Profits getting their own talk show as it gives them something to do when not wrestling. Hope to see them getting a push to the NXT Tag Team Championships soon.

We then get a vignette of Adam Cole as he will face Aleister Black later on the show. Nice to see NXT being behind Adam Cole as he’s extremely talented and his match against Aleister Black should be great. Adam Cole Bay Bay!

We then get a vignette of the mysterious figure again, but this time, the figure was shown and it turned out to be Shayna Baszler as she will be coming to NXT soon! Mark out moment! So the mysterious figure was Shayna Baszler. For those of you who don’t know, Shayna Baszler is a former UFC fighter and has competed in SHIMMER as well as the Mae Young Classic earlier this year. Looking forward to her debut soon as I expect her to dominate.

We then get an announcement that next week, it will be SAnitY Vs. Undisputed Era for the NXT Tag Team Championships. Should be a fun tag team match and looking forward to it.

Aleister Black Vs. Adam Cole in a #1 Contender Qualifying match was excellent. Mark out moment! These two went out there and delivered an excellent match as they’re looking to become the next #1 Contender for the NXT Championship.

Adam Cole did excellent in this match as he wants to be in the #1 Contender’s Fatal Four Way match. His taunting on Aleister Black by doing his chant of Adam Cole Bay Bay was hilarious and entertaining. His fireman’s carry onto a knee on Aleister Black looked devastating. Excellent work by Adam Cole here.

Aleister Black did excellent in this match as well as he also wants to be in the #1 Contender’s Fatal Four Way match. The way he hit Adam Cole with a roundhouse kick while Adam Cole was trying to hit a diving clothesline was impressive. His jumping high knee on Adam Cole looked like it killed him. Excellent work by Aleister Black here.

The ending of the match came when Aleister Black hit Black Mass (Spin kick) on Adam Cole for the pin and win. A great win for Aleister Black as he is still undefeated while Adam Cole suffered his first loss in NXT, but he lost in great defeat. Fade to black!

Excellent match and Aleister Black moves on to the #1 Contender’s match.

Overall, great show that is building up characters as well as possibly building new feuds and storylines in the near future. Next week, we will get Pete Dunne Vs. Tyler Bate for the WWE United Kingdom Championship and SAnitY Vs. Undisputed Era for the NXT Tag Team Championships which should be interesting to see. Looking forward to it. NXT! NXT! NXT!


Mark Out Moments: 2


That is my review of NXT on December 13, 2017.

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