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3 things we learned from NXT 11-22

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With both NXT TakeOver: WarGames and Survivor Series now a thing of the past, the Wednesday evening program has already begun preparing for the future with its last pay-per-view event of 2017 now officially in the books. While many believed that NXT TakeOver: WarGames ultimately stole the show over the weekend, Nov. 22’s episode of NXT was sure to be a memorable one. As the brand now moves in yet another post-pay-per-view direction, here are the three things that the WWE Universe learned from Wednesday evening’s episode.

Ruby Riot, Sonya Deville Do Double-Duty After Main Roster Debuts

Despite both competitors making their respective main roster debuts earlier in the week, the tandem of Ruby Riot and Sonya Deville still kicked off Wednesday’s episode of NXT. With their rivalry previously coming into fruition ahead of NXT TakeOver: WarGames as neither managed to make their way into the pay-per-view’s fatal four-way match, it remains to be seen as to where this feud heads next — if anywhere at all.

Because Riot debuted on SmackDown Live with Deville making an appearance on Monday Night Raw, such a rivalry will more than likely stay under the umbrella of NXT if these superstars continue their tenure below the main roster — though it is highly unlikely. Nonetheless, if this was the last of this duo at NXT, Riot and Deville definitely left on a high note as Wednesday’s bout, a victory for the former, put the in-ring talents of these two superstars on full display.

New Week, New Champions 

Although Wednesday’s episode of NXT featured just two matches, albeit two very entertaining ones, such an installment did manage to provide a brief outlook regarding its two new champions.

With Ember Moon securing the vacant NXT women’s championship over three other competitors as a result of the weekend slate, both she and new NXT Champion Andrade “Cien” Almas have become the new faces of WWE’s developmental brand. However, only Moon was shown with her new title while cutting her first promo as a champion. While Almas was not featured on Wednesday’s episode, the former NXT Champion in Drew McIntyre certainly was while clearly dejected and down on his luck after losing his strap over the weekend.

With two new champions at the helm, it remains to be seen as to who will immediately emerge as contenders in each division.

Pete Dunne Retains WWE United Kingdom Championship

The reign of WWE United Kingdom Champion Pete Dunne will now more than likely continue into December after the up-and-coming superstar defeated Johnny Gargano on Wednesday evening. While retaining his title upon making his way over to the United States, Dunne has now appeared as both part of the WWE’s main roster and NXT. Although this could certainly turn into a flash-in-the-pain type of situation, could Dunne become a staple of the WWE Universe outside of the United Kingdom going forward?

On the other hand, Gargano’s struggles as a singles competitor continue to linger. Despite stringing together both entertaining and noteworthy matches, “Johnny Wrestling” just cannot secure wins without a tag-team partner these days.

Joe Nocco is a recent graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, born and raised in the New York area. Previously a contributor to SB Nation, Football.com and his own website titled Joe Nocco Sports, among others, Nocco has experience covering a variety of sports having specialized in content surrounding the NFL, NHL, NBA and MLB. You can follow Nocco at @JoeNoccoFRS on Twitter.

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