We see the usual intro, then go to the opening match.
NXT Tag Team Champions The Lucha Dragons (Sin Cara & Kalisto) vs. Jason Jordan & Tye Dillinger
Kalisto & Dillinger start. Dillinger with a big chop early. Kalisto fires back with some overhand chops, then hits a multiple springboard armdrag. Jordan comes in, catches Kalisto off a springboard crossbody attempt, hits a fallaway slam for 2.
Jordan with stomps and right hands to Kalisto in the corner. Dillinger in, slam and then taunts Cara. Kneedrop by Dillinger, Jordan tags in. Amateur takedown by Jordan, Dillinger tags in. Leaping stomp by Dillinger gets 2. Head and arm lock applied, crowd wills on Kalisto. Kalisto fights out of the corner, lands on his feet off a Dillinger backdrop attempt, Cara tags in.
Springboard headbutt, leg kick, springboard crossbody by Cara to Dillinger. Dillinger misses a clothesline, spinning headscissors by Cara. Jordan comes in, Cara hits him with a springboard quebrada. Kalisto wipes out Jordan with a slingshot plancha. Cara places Dillinger on the turnbuckles, hits an enziguri.
Super Inverted Code Red gets Cara the win.
Winners: NXT Tag Team Champions The Lucha Dragons by pinfall (Super Inverted Code Red)
Lucha Dragons celebrate their win afterwards, then all of a sudden, the Vaudevillains run in and attack the Lucha Dragons from behind. Vaudevillains take out Cara, hit Gentleman’s Conqueress on Kalisto. English presses one of the NXT Tag Team Titles against Kalisto’s face, yelling that they won’t take this from us again. Vaudevillains leave as the Lucha Dragons are left lying in the ring.
Backstage, Bull Dempsey walks up to CJ Parker, who is scheduled to face Baron Corbin tonight. Bull says he is here to make sure that Parker doesn’t humilate himself again. Parker says that if Bull is gonna say that, he might as well turn around and leave because I don’t care what you have to say. Bull says Parker doesn’t get it, its not about beating Baron Corbin, its about humilating him like he humilated you. Its about maiming Corbin. Parker says he doesn’t care about the issues between Bull & Corbin, I need to beat Baron Corbin. Bull says its not about Parker or me, its about the greater good. Bull leaves as Parker ponders what he said.
NXT is moving to Wednesday nights, beginning on January 14.
The music of the Jersey Boys as they head out onto the rampway. Jersey Boys do their usual shitick, then introduce Carmella. Carmella introduces herself, then the crowd chants “Blue Pants” at her, with Carmella covering her ears. Enzo says that inspired by Sami Zayn and NXT R Evolution, in her Road to Redemption, ladies and gentlemen, I know a star when I see a star and I didn’t have to look through the humble telescope to tell you that. Cass says that she’s confident, she’s smart, she’s sexy, she’s cool, back by popular demand, you can call her Cinderella because she’s the Belle of the ball, straight from the clearance rack. Ol’…………………………………BLUE PANTS!!! Enzo says that since we last saw Blue Pants, she has met up with Steve and gotten a Blue’s Clue. Carmella, you better prepare yourself.
“The Princess of NXT” Carmella vs. “Blue Pants” Leva Bates
Crowd chants for Blue Pants as the bell sounds. Carmella with a side headlock, followed by a shoulder tackle, then talks trash. Carmella sidesteps a backdrop attempt, sends the back of Leva’s head into the mat, then stands on her hair. Carmella talks more trash, but Leva fights back. Carmella with a knee to the ribs as Enzo gets on the apron to shout out words of encouragement. Carmella slaps Enzo off the apron.
Distraction, however, Leva to grab Carmella in an inside cradle for the upset win.
Winner: “Blue Pants” Leva Bates by pinfall (Inside Cradle)
Enzo is in shock afterwards as Leva celebrates her win. Carmella then goes after Enzo until Cass pulls her off. Cass keeps Carmella from Enzo as Enzo tries to explain himself.
We see highlights of the Ascension-Itami/Balor match from R Evolution.
“The Eco-Warrior” CJ Parker vs. “The Lone Wolf” Baron Corbin
Parker comes out with a sign that reads “You can break my sign, but you’ll never break my spirit.” We see Bull Dempsey in the front row as the bell sounds. Corbin with Snake Eyes, followed by a Big Boot, then he looks over at Bull.
End of Days gets Corbin the win.
Winner: “The Lone Wolf” Baron Corbin by pinfall (End of Days)
Corbin continues to stare at Bull afterwards, then grabs a mic and asks Bull if he is stand there all day, looking scared, or are we gonna do this? Corbin leaves the ring, then pulls Bull over the barricade and the two begin slugging it out at ringside until multiple referees break them up. Corbin wants Bull to get in the ring as the crowd chants for him, but Bull backs up the ramp and leaves.
Backstage, Devin Taylor interviews NXT GM William Regal. Regal says that he is very pleased to announce that next week on NXT, Sami Zayn will make his return and he will update us on his status and as it pertains to the NXT Title, which I’m very pleased about. Curtis Axel walks in and says he is barging in on Regal’s interview because Regal never got back to him. Listen, I told ya I wanted to recharge my career, do you realize that I’m a former Intercontinental Champion? I beat Triple H, I beat John Cena. Are you gonna do anything for me? Regal says he will do something for Axel, if you wanna compete here on NXT, I’m very happy for that because I love to put on the best shows I can possibly put on. Next week, you will compete here on NXT against Hideo Itami. Happy New Year, sunshine. Axel thanks Regal and leaves as we go to commercial.
Back from commercial, Devin Taylor introduces NXT Women’s Champion Charlotte, who makes her way to the ring. Charlotte has a mic and lets out a “Wooo!” Devin asks Charlotte what is left for her in NXT since she has beaten every Diva on the roster. Crowd chants for Blue Pants again, then Charlotte says that no one chants while the most genetically superior Diva in NXT is talking, so keep it quiet. First, I’d like to say that NXT is my home and NXT is revolutionizing women’s wrestling. Sasha Banks is the toughest Diva I’ve ever faced, but I have beaten her twice……
Sasha Banks’s music hits and Sasha & Becky Lynch make their way down to the ring. Sasha says that Charlotte has beaten her twice, you’re so smart. But, guess what? That doesn’t matter, because you’re about to get the beatdown of your life.
Sasha & Becky get into the ring and begin to go after Charlotte, then all of a sudden, Natalya’s music hits and she gets into the ring, clearing the ring of Sasha & Lynch. Charlotte & Natalya embrace in the ring as Sasha & Lynch back up the ramp, saying we’ll fight when we’re ready.
Next week, Lucha Dragons defend the NXT Tag Team Titles against the Vaudevillains and Hideo Itami faces Curtis Axel.
We see video from NXT Champion Sami Zayn. Zayn says he is home for the holidays in case you can’t tell, I’m recovering right now, but Mr. William Regal asked me to send a video in to kinda comment on what’s been going on, there’s a lot of concern that I appreciate greatly, so he wanted me to record some comments and send them your way so I am. But the truth is, I really don’t know what to say. I feel like a lot of people wanna hear about my NXT Title win and what’s it meant to me to finally get it, but really, the only thing I can think about is, you know, then only guy that I’ve known the longest, the one guy whose name has been synomous with my entire career that I should have trusted the most, I really don’t know what to say about it right now. But, I will be back soon, I’ll be back in no time and whatever I do have to say, I’ll say to all of you and to Kevin Owens personally.
Next week, Sami Zayn returns to TV.
We see video from 3 weeks ago with Renee Young interviewing Kevin Owens. Renee brings up Owens’s debut at R Evolution and attacking Sami Zayn during Zayn’s moment of winning the NXT Title. Owens says Zayn had his moment with winning the title, you can’t ask for a better moment. Renee asks if its fair to say that Owens stole Zayn’s moment from him, he was your life-long friend and you robbed him of that moment. Owens says that first, I’m 30 years old, I’ve known Zayn for 12 years, I don’t know where you got your math, but if you think I stole anything, maybe its time for me to go. Owens walks off.
Main Event in a R Evolution Return Match: The Ascension (Konnor & Viktor) vs. Hideo Itami & Finn Balor
All 4 men slug it out as the bell sounds in opposite corners. Itami & Balor stomp away at the Ascension. Itami & Balor go for the stereo running corner hestitation dropkicks, but the Ascension roll out to the outside to regroup. Back in, it becomes Balor & Viktor for both teams as its settled down into a normal tag match. The two slug it out some more in the corner. Balor with a big chop. Running chop by Balor in the corner gets 1. Viktor sent off the turnbuckles. Knee to the ribs by Balor, Itami tags in. Series of chest kicks by Itami in the corner. Snapmare, kick to the back gets Itami 2. Balor in, slingshot stomp gets 2. Another chop by Balor, Viktor fights back. More chops by Balor in the corner. Itami in, snapmare, kneedrop gets 2. Chinlock applied. Balor in, avoids a Viktor corner charges, goes to the apron, back elbow to Viktor, boot to Konnor. Balor springboards in, but Viktor knocks him down to the outside with an uppercut as we go to commercial.
Back from commercial as Konnor with a chinlock to Balor. We see that during the break, Konnor slammed Balor on the outside. Back to live action as Konnor with a backbreaker to Balor for 2. Viktor in, uppercut to Balor. Crowd chants for Balor. Big chop gets Viktor a 1 count. Balor sent off the turnbuckles, Konnor tags in. Konnor stomps away at Balor in the corner for only a 1 count. Chinlock applied, crowd wills on Balor. Konnor with an uppercut for 2. Viktor in, double shoulder tackle by the Ascension gets another 2. Viktor taunts Itami, pulls at the face of Balor. Seated full nelson applied, crowd again wills on Balor. Balor gets free, but Viktor drives him into his corner. Konnor in, slam gets another 2. Konnor pulls at Balor’s face. Viktor in, double slam by the Ascension. Balor fights back, Viktor with a knee to the ribs. Slam, leaping fistdrop gets another 2. Viktor is getting frustrated. Konnor in, right hands to Balor. Balor slips out of a slam, comes back with a Pele Kick, both men down.
Itami & Viktor get the tags. Running boot, series of chest kicks, flying kick gets Itami 2. Tornado Hot-Shot, Top Rope Clothesline to Viktor, Konnor knocked off the apron. STO by Viktor gets a close 2. Viktor is getting more frustrated. Itami slips off Viktor’s shoulders, goes for the GTS, Viktor slips out. Konnor comes in, Itami nails him with a boot, Balor hits Konnor with a Slingblade. Konnor rolls outside, Balor wipes him out with a double stomp off the apron.
Basement Spinning Roundhouse by Itami to Viktor gets the win.
Winners: Hideo Itami & Finn Balor by pinfall (Basement Spinning Roundhouse)
Itami & Balor celebrate their win as the show closes.