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NXT results, live blog (Jan. 1, 2020): Year-End Awards

Here's a place to check results and comment along with the latest airing of WWE NXT in its regular Wednesday night at 8PM Eastern time slot on USA.

Check out our Wednesday morning preview post to get caught up on what's been happening, and what we expect this week.

We'll post results here, and we will also have our regular reactions post later. In the meantime, and most importantly, this gives you Cagesiders a dedicated place to rave and/or bitch about whatever happens on WWE’s third brand - during its initial broadcast!

Enjoy the show!

Geno here, stepping in for Sean this week. Deal with it.

Pat McAfee brings us in with a pretty great video package showcasing the past year for the yellow brand. He’s in studio alongside Cathy Kelley and Sam Roberts. They agree that 2019 was the best year that NXT has ever had.

This will be a clip show, it seems, and the first taste of that is a shortened replay of Undisputed Era vs. Street Profits vs. Forgotten Sons vs. Danny Burch & Oney Lorcan from NXT TakeOver: XXV, which we’re told came in at third in the “Match of the Year” category.

Back to the studio and it’s all about how everyone loves the Street Profits.

Time to crown the tag team of the year!

Nominees: The Street Profits, Grizzled Young Veterans, Viking Raiders, Mark Andersons & Flash Morgan Webster, Undisputed Era

Winner: Undisputed Era

The entire crew make their way to the ring in an empty arena to accept their award from William Regal. Kyle O’Reilly and Bobby Fish berate Regal a bit before taking the two awards, which are just gold ring bells. The crew hugs and hold up all their titles along with their newly won awards.

Up next is the Male Competitor of the Year, which we’re told by Sam Roberts was determined after they solicited help from literally everywhere, including the WWE Universe and even executives at USA Network.

Nominees: Adam Cole, WALTER, Johnny Gargano, Velveteen Dream, Tyler Bate, Tommaso Ciampa

Winner: Adam Cole

Roberts announces the winner in a really anticlimactic way. We cut back to the arena and the Undisputed Era is back walking to the ring to accept another award.

Cole says you could have decided he would win in the middle of the year, but just the month of November alone was enough to earn him this award. “I want to say I’m so proud and so shocked, but I’m not. This award belongs to a guy like me.”

The crew hugs again.

Up next is Female Competitor of the Year, which they went right into without even introducing it after Cole gave his speech.

Nominees: Shayna Baszler, Io Shirai, Toni Storm, Kay Lee Ray, Bianca Belair, Rhea Ripley

Winner: Shayna Baszler

Back to the ring and Baszler is out with her two sidekicks.

“Of course I won Female Competitor of the Year. I’m the most dominant champion NXT... I’m the most dominant champion WWE has ever seen. If you think because I lost the title that that’s stopping anytime soon, think again.”

There you go.

Now it’s time to give out the Rivalry of the Year award.

Nominees: Adam Cole vs. Johnny Gargano, Candice LeRae vs. Io Shirai, Rhea Ripley vs. Shayna Baszler, British Strong Style vs. Imperium, The Velveteen Dream vs. Roderick Strong

Winner: Adam Cole vs. Johnny Gargano

On the actual broadcast, they didn’t even bother showing the nominees, instead skipping straight to announcing the winner, Cole vs. Gargano, with a video package. That’s three awards for Undisputed Era tonight already.

Back to the ring, and both Gargano and Cole are out to accept the award, both with full entrances. Cole, for what it’s worth, has done his entrance schtick EVERY TIME he’s come out. He’s coming out, again, to an empty arena. Pro wrestling, folks.

Gargano points out that this is his second year in a row winning this award and it’s obvious by now he gets involved with a lot of horrible people. Cole asks who won that rivalry and Gargano says his biggest regret is his dad didn’t punch him in the face at his restaurant. They threaten each other some more, but ultimately nothing happens.

The number two Match of the Year was the Team Baszler vs. Team Ripley WarGames match from NXT TakeOver: WarGames. That means we’re going to get an extended video replay from said match, which is fine, because it was incredible.

Time for the Future Star of the Year.

Nominees: Kushida, Xia Li, Bronson Reed, Tegan Nox, Dakota Kai, Ilja Dragunov, Isaiah Swerve Scott, Taynara, Cameron Grimes

Winner: Dakota Kai

Kai gets to the ring and says she’ll be making her own opportunities now with a grimace on her face before walking away.

Now it’s time to crown the TakeOver of the Year.

Nominees: WarGames, Phoenix, Blackpool, NewYork, XXV, Toronto, Cardiff

Winner: NXT TakeOver: WarGames

They didn’t actually announce nominees on the live broadcast, instead simply revealing the winner with a video package.

Now it’s time for Breakout Star of the Year.

Nominees: Damian Priest, Piper Niven, Dominik Dijakovic, Angel Garza, Joe Coffey, Keith Lee, Candice LeRae, Matt Riddle, Rhea Ripley

Winner: Keith Lee

Instead of what they’ve been doing, with a wrestler going to the ring and getting the award from William Regal, we get a pre-tape of Triple H giving the award to Lee backstage. He says we haven’t seen anything yet.

They reveal the Match of the Year winner, which was Adam Cole vs. Johnny Gargano in a 2-out-of-3 Falls match from NXT TakeOver: New York. Yet another award for Cole, who has cleaned up tonight. They go into the video replay of the match.

We’re at the end, and that means it’s time to award the winner of the Overall Competitor of the Year.

Nominees: Tommaso Ciampa, Johnny Gargano, Velveteen Dream, Adam Cole, WALTER, Tyler Bate, Io Shirai, Shayna Baszler, Rhea Ripley, Kay Lee Ray, Toni Storm, Bianca Belair

Winner: Adam Cole

They didn’t do nominees on television but went back to the arena so Undisputed Era could make yet another entrance. They already have five little gold bells, what’s one more to add to the collection? Cole calls the whole crew winners and says there aren’t any wrestlers in the world who can keep up with him.

“I promise you with every fiber of my being this is the beginning. This is by no means even close to being the end because the era of the undisputed has just begun.”

The show goes off the air with the Undisputed Era talking about all the hardware they won tonight.


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