The December 11 2019 edition of WWE NXT, out of the Full Sail Arena in Winter Park, Florida, just wrapped up. We’ve got the match results, as well as our overall thoughts on the show, for you to check out below. Let us know what you thought about episode #537 of WWE NXT by tweeting us, @TheRumbleRamble.
Lio Rush (c) vs. Angel Garza
NXT Cruiserweight Championship Match
Still angry at Angel Garza for his repeated displays of disrespect toward the champ, Lio Rush hot started the match, attacking Angel while the competitors were still being announced. The referee tried to separate them, but Lio broke through, throwing Angel out of the ring.
Angel was unfazed, laughing it off before launching into a counterattack on the champ, sweeping Lio’s legs from beneath him on the apron and sending him face-first into the hardest part of the ring.
Back in the ring, Angel taunted an incapacitated Lio by teasing his signature pants rip while standing over him, but Lio recovered before he could make the reveal. Angel dodged Lio’s attempt at a comeback and, after adjusting his pants to ensure they didn’t rip prematurely, resumed his efforts to become the new Cruiserweight Champion.
Lio Rush eventually turned the tables by using Angel’s own momentum against him to send him crashing to the floor, springing after him with a moonsault.
The two competitors traded near falls, after which Angel threw Lio in an incredible Spanish Fly, but Lio Rush again found the strength to power out of the pin. Frustrated by their inability to put the other away, Lio and Angel broke into a slapping exchange that progressed to strikes, leaving both men laid out.
In the ultimate disrespectful move, Lio hit Angel with his own finisher, gaining a near fall. With a Final Hour, Lio might have taken the win, but Angel’s breakaway pants (that still hadn’t been removed) came in clutch once again. Angel crawled away from the pin, and when Lio grabbed his pants to stop him, he pulled the pants off instead.
Lio Rush flung himself after Angel with a Final Hour to the floor, but Angel was prepared, getting his knees up at the last second. Capitalizing on the moment, Angel threw the champ back in the ring, hit a Wing Clipper, and locked in a full nelson when it wasn’t enough to win the match.
Lio tapped out and Angel Garza became the new NXT Cruiserweight Champion.
And to make the moment even better for Angel, he proposed to his girlfriend in the middle of the ring after the match!
Winner: Angel Garza
Shayna Baszler is a Badass
To add a little more depth to the Shayna Baszler character, we got a look at Shayna Baszler the person in a video package. She was shown working on her 1965 Mustang as she spoke about her tap, nap, or snap philosophy when it comes to in-ring competition.
And she plans to apply this philosophy, just as she does in any match, in her NXT Women’s Championship Match against The Nightmare Rhea Ripley next week.
Raul Mendoza vs. Cameron Grimes
Familiar with Cameron Grimes’ previous wins with his Cave-In at the opening bell, Raul Mendoza struck first, preventing the early finisher. Cameron Grimes wasn’t as disheartened as Raul probably hoped and fought back after recovering from being caught off guard.
Unfortunately for Grimes, Kushida appeared on the apron, distracting him and allowing Raul Mendoza to hit a surprise hurricanrana for the win.
To make matters worse for Cameron, Kushida spotted his hat resting on the ring post and decided to take it for himself.
Winner: Raul Mendoza
Jaxson Ryker vs. Travis Banks
In a Worlds Collide tournament preview, Travis Banks made his way to Full Sail from NXT UK to take on The Forgotten Sons leader, Jaxson Ryker.
The odds were stacked against Banks from the start; Jaxson had the clear size advantage and his Forgotten Sons mates at ringside. But Travis Banks was there to represent NXT UK well and gave the Forgotten Son everything he had.
Banks unleashed an early flurry on Ryker, but it wasn’t long before the Forgotten Son had taken control, and he held it for the vast majority of the match, bloodying Banks’ face with his brutal offense.
Travis Banks persevered, however, ultimately taking a small window of opportunity he was given to connect with his Slice of Heaven finisher and take the win.
Winner: Travis Banks
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Mia Yim vs. Dakota Kai
Determined to put Dakota Kai in her place, Mia Yim wasted no time attacking NXT’s newest villain. Yim was unrelenting, rag dolling Dakota around the ring while blocking every attempt she made at a comeback. To put an exclamation point on the ruthless beatdown, Mia threw Dakota into the steel steps outside of the ring and cannonballed into her.
Back from commercial, Dakota Kai began to claw her way back into the match, forcing Mia into the turnbuckle face-first before firing off a barrage of kicks. Mia put a stop to the flying boots with an attack to Kai’s injured knee, gaining a near fall with a suplex.
Yim connected with her Code Blue, but it wasn’t enough to put Kai away. The match began to slip away from Yim when Dakota hit a powerbomb for a near fall, so Yim attacked her knee again before sending her soaring to the floor.
Back in the ring, Dakota reached for Tegan Nox’s knee brace, her now signature weapon, but the referee stopped her. Unconcerned, Dakota pulled the turnbuckle pad from its place and threw Mia into it and winning the match.
But cheaters never win, and Dakota’s celebration was cut short, as Mia Yim rapidly recovered – and was angry. Dakota made a break for it, escaping into the crowd, but Mia caught her, suplexing her off a platform and through a table set up below.
Winner: Dakota Kai
Breezango vs. The Singh Brothers
I would be lying if I said I didn’t think this would be a squash match, but The Singh Brothers actually put up quite a fight against Breezango, apparently trying to make a good impression on General Manager William Regal in hopes of becoming full-time members of the NXT roster.
And when Sunil and Samir weren’t able to get the upper hand they were looking for, they used underhanded tactics to get it. It still wasn’t enough to earn them the victory, however, and Breezango wore them down in and outside of the ring until taking the win with a leg drop.
Rhea Ripley is Also a Badass
In a similar format to Shayna Baszler’s earlier video package, Rhea Ripley’s rise through the ranks of NXT and NXT UK since her debut in the 2017 Mae Young Classic was illustrated as she spoke about what becoming NXT Women’s Champion meant to her.
Shayna Baszler has been an incredibly dominant champion, but The Nightmare just might dethrone The Queen of Spades.
Bianca Belair vs. Kayden Carter
Bianca Belair made it clear from the very beginning that she did not consider Kayden much of a threat, but was forced to reconsider her approach when Kayden burst into a series of maneuvers to prove herself a threat to The EST.
After dropping Kayden with a couple of backbreakers, Bianca picked up where she left off with the disrespect but was made to regret this once again when Kayden hit a jawbreaker.
Bianca lifted Kayden in her signature squat spot, and again, Kayden proved that she is not one to be underestimated with a suplex followed by a standing shooting star press. The EST blocked the latter with her knees, giving her an advantage that Kayden couldn’t overcome, and after a bit more back and forth, the KOD spelled victory for Bianca.
Winner: Bianca Belair
Every No. 1 Contender Challenger Gets a Vignette/Promo
Finn Bálor, Keith Lee, and Tommaso Ciampa (in that order) were each given a chance to speak their minds regarding their upcoming match in a backstage promo/vignette throughout the show.
Unsurprisingly, Bálor spent most of his talking trash about everyone else involved in the situation, Keith Lee exuded confidence, and Tommaso Ciampa proclaimed that he would win the match for Goldie.
Finn Bálor vs. Tommaso Ciampa vs. Keith Lee
Winner Faces Adam Cole Next Week for NXT Championship
Adam Cole kicked off the segment, making his presence known by sauntering to the ring with the NXT Championship in hand before making his way to his seat, reminding the three competitors what awaited them next week, should they win the match.
Newfound aggression on full display, Finn Bálor started the match by attacking Keith Lee, but the triple threat stipulation stopped him from gaining much momentum, as he was attacked in turn by Tommaso Ciampa.
Tommaso and Keith worked together to wear Finn down, but that didn’t stop Keith from hitting both Tommaso and Finn with a crossbody directly afterward. From here, Keith continued to hold dominion over his two opponents until a strike from Finn and Tommaso in succession put him out of action.
Tommaso nailed Finn with a knee in the corner, hitting Keith with another as he attempted to get back in the action. A double Willow’s Bell was enough for Tommaso to take moment to congratulate himself on a job well done, but the following Air Raid Crash wasn’t enough to take either opponent down.
At this point, it was time for Tommaso and Keith Lee to take a stab at each other, Tommaso firing off chops to wear Keith down before poking him in the eye for good measure. Keith responded with a massive chop of his own, but neither he nor Tommaso came out on top of this exchange, as Bálor recovered just in time to take them both out with double stomps.
Keith Lee got back into the action and used his strength and size advantage to overpower both Finn and Tommaso. After throwing Finn into Tommaso, Keith lifted both men and climbed the ropes, Ciampa prevented the attack to come and worked together with Bálor to send Lee crashing back down to the ring.
On the second attempt, Lee was successful, throwing himself from the top rope and taking Tommaso and Finn down with him. Lee attempted a moonsault on Ciampa to follow up but Ciampa dodged, responding with an unsuccessful Fairytale Ending. Keith connected with a Jackhammer before turning his attention toward Finn Bálor, who caught him in a roll-up for a near fall.
Finn Bálor took over from here, throwing Ciampa out of the ring before attacking Keith Lee. With Lee down, Finn shoved Ciampa into the barricade, then went for a Coup de Grâce back in the ring, but Ciampa evaded the finisher.
After pouncing Bálor out of the way, Keith Lee tried to powerbomb Ciampa, but Tommaso saw it coming, blocking it, then hitting his Air Raid, but Keith powered out. Keith smashed Tommaso with a moonsault, hitting a powerbomb when that wasn’t enough. But before he could launch another attack, Finn Bálor sprang back into action, connecting with a Coup de Grâce on Keith Lee for the victory and the spot in the NXT Championship Match against Adam Cole next week.
Winner: Finn Bálor
NXT Results (December 11 2019)
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