Dec. 18th, 2019
Winter Park, FL
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Last week’s episode is replayed to kick off the program.
First Match: WWE NXT Championship Match: Adam Cole (c) vs. Finn Balor
They circle each other to start. They lock up. Balor locks in a waistlock and takes Cole to the mat. Cole and Balor trade holds on the mat. Balor stops an Irish Whip with a headlock, bringing Cole back the ground. Cole rolls up Balor for two. Balor breaks the hold. Both men dodge kicks. Cole counters 1916 by taking Balor to the ropes.
Cole shoves Balor down. Cole hits a series of elbows. Cole hits a Sunset Flip, but Balor comes back with a basement dropkick. Balor locks in a shoulder lock. Cole works out of the hold and both men trade chops.
Balor crushes Cole in the corner. Balor hits a snapmare and a basement dropkick. Balor covers for two.
Balor stomps away on Adam Cole. The referee breaks it up and Cole retreats to ringside. Balor hits a Baseball Slide Dropkick, sending Cole into the guardrail. Cole counters an apron run kick with a Superkick to the shin of Balor.
Cole slams Balor on the apron and rolls him back in the ring. Cole hits a neckbreaker. Cole mounts and pummels Balor. Cole hits a snap suplex for a nearfall. Cole corners Balor and chokes him for a three count.
Cole hits a snapmare and locks in a side headlock. Cole maintains dominance. Cole pummels Balor with forearms. Cole hits a neckbreaker for a nearfall. Cole drive his knees into the back of Balor. Cole continues to keep Balor at bay. Balor comes back with a series of running strikes. Balor hits an Eye of the Hurricane for a nearfall.
Balor chops Cole in the corner, staggering him. Balor sends Cole into the opposite buckle and delivers a stiff chop, then does it again. Balor locks in a headlock, but Cole counters with a Backstabber for a nearfall.
Balor counters Ushiguroshi. Cole hits an enzuigiri. Balor hits a Slingblade. Balor hits a Superkick for a nearfall.
Balor counters a Suplex. Cole counters a Suplex. They trade elbows. Cole hits a Bicycle Kick. Balor hits a Pele Kick. Cole collapses onto Balor for a nearfall.
Cole hits a Superkick to the knee. Balor counters Panama Sunrise. Cole counters 1916 with an Ushiguroshi for a nearfall. Balor hits a Standing Double Foot Stomp. Balor hits a Shotgun Dropkick. Balor struggles to climb the top rope. Cole kicks Balor’s leg out and Balor crashes to ringside.
Cole gets on the apron. Balor counters Panama Sunrise with a back body drop to the floor. Balor sends Cole into the barricade, taking out the front row. Balor whips Cole back in the ring.
Balor climbs the top rope. Cole dodges Coup De Grace. Cole hits Last Shot for a nearfall. Cole takes down his knee pad. Balor counters Last Shot with a Lariat. Balor hits a Shotgun Dropkick. Balor hits Coup De Grace. Balor begins to go for 1916, but is distracted by Johnny Gargano on the entry way. With everyone, ref included, distracted, Cole hits a low blow and the Last Shot for the pinfall in 15:14.
WINNER AND STILL WWE NXT CHAMPION: Adam Cole
Gargano grabs a chair from the audience and starts beating the hell out of Finn Balor with it, avenging Balor injuring him before NXT Takeover. Balor escapes through the crowd.
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