NXT results, Dec. 13, 2017: Cole unable to snap Black’s undefeated streak in Qualifying Match
Aleister Black not only remains unbeaten inside the yellow ropes, but the black-metal mutilator now moves closer to NXT Title contention after topping Undisputed ERA’s Adam Cole in a pivotal Fatal 4-Way No. 1 Contender Qualifying Match.
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Andrade "Cien" Almas def. Fabian Aichner
ORLANDO, Fla. — Fabian Aichner was aware of the magnitude of the opportunity to face NXT Champion Andrade “Cien” Almas, even if only in non-title competition, and went full bore at El Idolo. The Italian-born Superstar hit Almas with a breathtaking, no-hands springboard plancha to the floor, followed up with a springboard tornado DDT and brutalized the champion with a powerbomb for a two-count.
Aichner couldn’t sustain his red-hot start, however, as Almas’ business manager, Zelina Vega, provided a costly distraction. That gave Almas his chance to pounce, and after running Aichner into the steel ring steps, Almas drilled him with the devastating Hammerlock DDT for the win.
Vega commandeered the announce desk following her client’s victory and boldly stated that no matter who wins the right to face Almas at NXT TakeOver: Philadelphia, El Idolo will not be stopped.
Ember Moon def. Peyton Royce
It might not have been Peyton Royce that Ember Moon pinned to win the NXT Women’s Title Fatal 4-Way at NXT TakeOver: WarGames, but the new champion proved she’s capable of beating Royce nonetheless. Despite interference by Billie Kay at ringside, Moon defeated Royce in a hard-fought match, using her stunning Eclipse to polish off the Australian Superstar.
Moon didn’t have much of a chance to celebrate, as Kay rushed the champion and unleashed the Shades of Kay big boot to take NXT’s War Goddess off her feet. She and Royce then double-teamed Moon until Nikki Cross emerged to even the odds. After clearing The Iconic Duo from the ring, the unhinged SAnitY member set her crazed gaze upon Moon’s NXT Women’s Title, perhaps revealing the true motivation for her unexpected assist.
The Authors of Pain def. Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch
The bruising Brit-Am alliance of Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch got their fair share of licks in against former NXT Tag Team Champions The Authors of Pain, rocking Akam & Rezar with open-hand strikes and uppercuts, much to the delight, if not the disbelief, of the NXT Universe.
Such contusion-causing hits would bring any ordinary Superstar to his knees, but Paul Ellering’s monstrous charges are anything but ordinary. Akam & Rezar withstood the onslaught and managed to suddenly turn the tables, crashing their opponents together like cymbals with the Super Collider and then finishing the job with the Last Chapter to claim victory.
Aleister Black def. Adam Cole (No. 1 Contender’s Tournament Match)
Per NXT General Manager William Regal, Kyle O’Reilly & Bobby Fish were barred from ringside, and Adam Cole had to go it alone in this high-stakes Qualifying Match against the undefeated Aleister Black.
The cocky Undisputed ERA frontman appeared no less confident for it, arrogantly tussling Black’s hair when he got the better of an early exchange of holds. The Dutch destroyer made Cole pay, crashing down on him with a quebrada and uncorking a Black Mass spin kick, only for Cole to narrowly escape the knockout blow.
“The Panama City Playboy” fought back, dropping Black neck-first onto his knee. Yet, when Cole tried to superkick a kneeling Black, the black-metal mutilator blocked the attack and answered with a knee to the face. Dazed but still defiant, Cole wearily let out one last taunt at Black, but all the trash talk in the world couldn’t help him, as Black suddenly turned out his lights with Black Mass.
Aleister Black’s win-loss record inside the yellow ropes remains unblemished, and with his big win over Cole, he now advances to the No. 1 Contender Fatal 4-Way Match, joining Johnny Gargano, Killian Dain and the winner of next week’s match between Roderick Strong and Lars Sullivan.