After a crackling NXT TakeOver: War Games, the WWE black-yellow brand has announced a special episode for the first date of 2021. Following the success of Halloween Havoc, NXT has decided to revive a special themed episode to celebrate the arrival of the new year, which will take the name of New Year's Evil.
Given NXT Champion Finn Bàlor's absence from TakeOver: War Games due to a jaw injury, it was immediately revealed that The Prince's next titled defense would be staged right in the very first installment of NXT in 2021, with many pretenders who presented their conditionality for the position of the first challenger.
Last night, Kyle O'Reilly and Pete Dunne, returning from a destructive War Games, staged a hard-fought match, with the chance to face Finn Bàlor in New Year's Evil up for grabs. The final victory went to the member of the Undisputed Era, officially sanctioning the rematch of the main event of NXT TakeOver: 31, recognized by many as one of the best fights of this year, from which both wrestlers came out with some injuries.
Kyle O'Reilly defeats Pete Dunne on NXT
Just when several athletes were proposing themselves as Finn Bàlor's possible opponents, Scarlett returned to make the champion understand that Karrion Kross was ready to return.
On the same evening, the latter returned to NXT attacking Damian Priest and sending a strong message to the entire roster. Last night Kross returned to battle in a proper squash match, marking his first fight since NXT TakeOver: XXX, the night he defeated Keith Lee to take the NXT Championship.
At the end of the contest, Karrion Kross openly challenged Damian Priest and the match that was then officially sanctioned for New Year's Evil. Also, through one of his creepy paintings of him, the enigmatic Dexter Lumis has revealed that he has been named the host of NXT New Year's Evil.
Therefore, all that remains is to wait only 3 weeks to witness this special episode that seems to push NXT to new levels in view of 2021 that is about to begin. The match progressed with near-falls from both of them, which garnered a standing ovation from the NXT Universe at the Capitol Wrestling Center.
At one point it looked as if Dunne was going to get a date with Balor for the NXT Championship. However, O'Reilly landed a jumping knee strike on the back of Dunne's head to get the pinfall and will now face Balor for the title in three weeks.