WWE NXT results, Dec. 16, 2020

NXT North American Champion Johnny Gargano & Austin Theory def. Leon Ruff & Kushida

Leon Ruff & Kushida vs. North American Champion Johnny Gargano & Austin Theory: WWE NXT, Dec. 16, 2020

Leon Ruff joins forces with NXT’s resident Time Splitter to try to derail The Way. Catch WWE action on WWE Network, FOX, USA Network, Sony India and more.

Mentor and mentee were in lockstep from the get-go, as Johnny Gargano & Austin Theory showcased instant team chemistry. Kushida & Leon Ruff battled back with their athleticism, highlighted by Ruff planting Theory with a massive DDT out of nowhere, though The Way countered with a well-coordinated dropkick-missile Spear combination. Ruff put Gargano down with a spectacular springboard cutter and looked to pin the North American Champion with a crucifix, but Theory, who made a blind tag, dropped Ruff with an innovative, modified flapjack for the win.  

Tommaso Ciampa def. Tyler Rust 

Tommaso Ciampa infuriates Timothy Thatcher: WWE NXT, Dec. 16, 2020

The Blackheart battles Tyler Rust and draws the ire of his recent rival. Catch WWE action on WWE Network, FOX, USA Network, Sony India and more.

Tommaso Ciampa set a chair up outside the ring, seemingly an open invitation to Timothy Thatcher, and one that was accepted as the dean of Thatch-As-Thatch-Can made his way to ringside for a front-row seat as Ciampa punished former Thatcher student Tyler Rust. The action spilled out right in front of Thatcher at one point, and a kick from Rust errantly caught Thatcher, enraging him to the point that he had to be held back by referees. 

Rust recovered to demonstrate a deep arsenal of innovative offense and primarily targeted Ciampa's arms with several vicious holds. But The Blackheart prevailed after spiking him with Willow's Bell. 

Kyle O'Reilly def. Pete Dunne to earn an NXT Title opportunity against Finn Bálor at NXT New Year's Evil

Kyle O’Reilly vs. Pete Dunne – Winner challenges Finn Bálor at New Year’s Evil: WWE NXT, Dec. 16, 2020

The Undisputed ERA’s martial-arts master clashes with The BruiserWeight for an NXT Championship opportunity. Catch WWE action on WWE Network, FOX, USA Network, Sony India and more.

Bedlam ruled the Capitol Wrestling Center before the opening bell, as Drake Maverick & Killian Dain looked to settle unfinished business with NXT Tag Team Champions Danny Burch & Oney Lorcan, while The Undisputed ERA's Adam Cole and Roderick Strong — and even the returning Breezango — joined in on the fisticuffs.

Once the action was officially underway, it became immediately evident how familiar Kyle O'Reilly and Pete Dunne have become with each other's repertoires after weeks of warring between their factions, as both Superstars traded counters while jostling for the early advantage. O'Reilly eventually claimed the edge, countering a potential X-Plex attempt on the apron into a suplex to the floor. The UE's martial-arts master followed with a diving knee off the top rope, punching his ticket to face Finn Bálor at NXT New Year's Evil. 

Shotzi Blackheart def. Indi Hartwell via disqualification

Shotzi Blackheart vs. Indi Hartwell: WWE NXT, Dec. 16, 2020

Shotzi Blackheart takes on nemesis Candice LeRae’s new protégé. Catch WWE action on WWE Network, FOX, USA Network, Sony India and more.

The Way made their presence felt at ringside, as the trophy Johnny Gargano unveiled last week for Candice LeRae wound up in Indi Hartwel's hands, but the referee saw her blast Shotzi Blackheart with it, leading to a disqualification. Victory was far from sweet for Blackheart, though, as LeRae laid her out with the Wicked Stepsister afterward. 

Karrion Kross def. Desmond Troy

Karrion Kross dominates in return to the ring, challenges Damian Priest: WWE NXT, Dec. 16, 2020

The sinister Karrion Kross, with Scarlett, returns to competition in destructive fashion before challenging The Archer of Infamy. Catch WWE action on WWE Network, FOX, USA Network, Sony India and more.

In his first bout in four months after being out with a shoulder surgery, Karrion Kross picked up right where he left off. The former NXT Champion decimated Desmond Troy in a dominant performance, flattening him with the Doomsday Saito before forcing him to submit to the Kross Jacket.

Kross wasn't finished with just the victory though, challenging Damian Priest to a bout in three weeks' time at NXT New Year's Evil. 

Toni Storm def. Rhea Ripley

Rhea Ripley vs. Toni Storm: WWE NXT, Dec. 16, 2020

The Nightmare renews her rivalry with the “new” Toni Storm. Catch WWE action on WWE Network, FOX, USA Network, Sony India and more.

The first two NXT UK Women's Champions renewed their rivalry in hard-hitting fashion with Rhea Ripley taking control against Toni Storm behind her overwhelming power. Raquel González continued to be a thorn in The Nightmare's side, however. While Ripley's boot sent Storm crashing into González, who toppled over the ringside barrier, González had the last laugh. With the referee checking on Storm, "Big Mami Cool" sent Ripley shoulder-first into the post, and Storm capitalized to hit the Storm Zero for a massive victory over her long-time foe. 

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