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3 things we learned from NXT 12-6

Joe Nocco



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As 2017 comes to a close, the NXT slate is just picking up as the brand is now beginning to look ahead to January 27’s NXT TakeOver: Philadelphia. As a result, Dec. 6’s episode of NXT certainly delivered while starting to prepare the WWE Universe for the upcoming pay-per-view event in the “City of Brotherly Love.”

Andrade “Cien” Almas Unveiled As NXT Champion 

Although officially earning his title a few weeks back at NXT TakeOver: WarGames, Andrade “Cien” Almas has finally been formally introduced to the WWE Universe as the new NXT Champion. Upon upsetting the former champion in Drew McIntyre, who has since been shelved due to a lingering injury suffered at NXT TakeOver: WarGames, Almas unexpectedly rose to the top of the roster, thanks in part to his manager in Zelina Vega. Despite the fact that the new champion notably kicked off the most recent installment of the weekly program, Almas did not participate in any in-ring completion just yet. However, the rest of Wednesday’s episode did begin to prepare the roster for a shot at Almas’ strap.

Killian Dain, Johnny Gargano Move One Step Closer To Glory

With general manager William Regal previously announcing that an eight-man field would determine the next No. 1 contender for the NXT Championship, two superstars have already moved one step closer to glory. With SAnitY‘s Killian Dain making easy work of one half of “Mustache Mountain” in Trent Seven, Johnny Gargano then promptly revived his career as a singles competitor in the main event.

Although Dain was surely expected to come out on top on Wednesday evening, Gargano notably defeated the always dangerous Kassius Ohno. Added to the field as a last-second replacement in favor of The Velveteen Dream, who has been forced to the sideline due to injury, Gargano had struggled mightily as of late while it appears as though the up-and-comer is now once again on the upswing.

Sonya Deville Caps Off Rivalry With Ruby Riot

Although both superstars are now on the WWE’s main roster, Sonya Deville and Ruby Riot have continued to pull some double duty over the course of the last few weeks. However, with Deville now on Monday Night Raw and her counterpart in Riot on SmackDown Live, the tandem of up-and-comers have finally squashed their beef under the umbrella of NXT. On Wednesday evening, Deville defeated Riot in a “no holds barred” match en route to coming out of the feud on top while it now appears as though the duo will make their way back to the main roster as full-time competitors.

As a result, the NXT women’s division will officially begin to head in a new direction as Ember Moon is the new title-holder, thanks to her recent victory at NXT TakeOver: WarGames. Even so, the likes of Kairi Sane and Peyton Royce appear to be right on Moon’s heels.

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, 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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