Carmelo Hayes def. Apollo Crews
Carmelo Hayes has been on a mission to prove that he’s still the cream of the crop in NXT, and a win over Apollo Crews further solidified his place in the pecking order.
Both Superstars showed off their supreme skills with highly athletic aerial moves combined with grueling mat technician skills. Hayes was able to slow Crews down with a strategically placed leg kick on the apron, but Crews overcame it and put together an incredible string of offense combinations, including a massive superplex.
The two men traded big blows, but Hayes finally got Crews down on the mat long enough to hit his signature Nothing But Net leg drop that delivered him the big victory.
Axiom def. Trick Williams
Axiom wasted no time in getting payback against Trick Williams for what he did to him last week, as the masked Superstar jumped both Williams and Carmelo Hayes after Hayes’ win over Apollo Crews.
Williams was more than formidable, taking the action right to Axiom and grounding him, preventing him from using his high-flying offense. One well placed shot to the jaw took Williams out long enough for Axiom to nail him with the Golden Ratio and pick up the win.
Dijak def. Channing “Stacks” Lorenzo
Dijak delivered another example of his harsh justice, this time against Channing “Stacks” Lorenzo just a week after abducting and interrogating the Superstar.
The Don’s right-hand man could get nothing going as Dijak manhandled him with Tony D’Angelo watching helplessly at ringside. Dijak gave one last look to D’Angelo before hitting Feast Your Eyes which mercifully ended the match.
After the bell, D’Angelo saved Stacks from a bigger beatdown and challenged Dijak to a match next week at NXT New Year’s Evil.
Alba Fyre def. Isla Dawn – Extreme Resolution Match
Alba Fyre has dealt with the menacing Isla Dawn for weeks, and she was finally able to get her payback on the woman who cost her a chance at the NXT Women’s Championship.
Before their Extreme Resolution Match even started, Fyre and Dawn fought their way throughout the arena with Fyre even tossing down onto a pile of chairs and debris.
Once they made their way to the ring, a chaotic battle ensued with weapons and ruthlessness on full display. As Fyre looked to finally end the match, Isla Dawn gave her a twisted smile, seemingly welcoming her fate just before Fyre hit her with a Gory Bomb through a table.
Oro Mensah def. Javier Bernal
Both Oro Mensah and Javier Bernal looked to kick off the new year on a positive note, but it was Mensah who came out on top when the dust settled.
Javier Bernal wasted no time in going after Oro Mensah, attacking him before he could even hit the ring. Bernal would continue the aggressiveness, knocking Mensah around the ring until Mensah fired back with some offense of his own.
Mensah wowed the crowd and ultimately defeated Bernal with a huge spinning heel kick, giving him momentum to start the new year.
Drew Gulak def. Andrew Chase
A pair of wrestling teachers squared off as Drew Gulak and Andre Chase locked up inside the ring, but the veteran Gulak proved to be too skilled and too polished in the end.
Chase has felt disrespected by Gulak for weeks and it was elevated when Gulak implied that Chase was a bad teacher. The two proceeded to have a grappling showcase, but Chase’s skills frustrated Gulak to the point where he openly struck him.
A visibly frustrated Gulak secured the victory with his patented Gullock, much to the confusion of his new protégé, Hank Walker.
Kofi Kingston def. Joe Gacy
One half of the NXT Tag Team Champions, Kofi Kingston, came away with a big victory over Schism’s Joe Gacy, but not before Gacy gave him an incredible test.
Gacy used his strength advantage to gain some early momentum, but Kingston was too savvy in the ring and used his athletic arsenal of moves to knock Gacy off-balance. Rip Fowler and Jagger Reid distracted Kingston momentarily, but Xavier Woods’ presence allowed Kingston to dive over the ropes and take them both out.
Gacy tried to take advantage of the situation, but Kingston countered his slam into an arm drag before hitting a dynamic Trouble In Paradise to take out Gacy.
The Grayson Waller Effect
The latest episode of The Grayson Waller Effect did not go as the challenger had planned.
Waller wanted to embarrass the champion ahead of their matchup at New Years Evil for the NXT Championship, but Bron Breaker kept his cool and composure before finally turning physical.
Breaker unleashed on Waller after he disparaged his father and he left the challenger in a heap of pain before their matchup next week.