WWE NXT New Years Evil Preview [Kyle O’Reilly vs. Finn Balor II, Rhea Ripley vs. Raquel Gonzalez In Last Woman Standing Match]

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For weeks now, NXT has been building up a Takeover level card, and here it is. The Fight Pit match between Timothy Thatcher & Tommaso Ciampa was pulled from the card for currently unknown reasons, meaning the four remaining matches get more time. We have Kyle O’Reilly vs. Finn Balor for the NXT Champion. Gran Metalik vs. Santos Escobar for the NXT Cruiserweight Champion. Karrion Kross vs. Damien Priest. Rhea Ripley vs. Raquel Gonzalez in a Last Woman Standing Match. Let’s break these huge matches down.

Kyle O’Reilly vs. Finn Balor, Round Two!

At NXT Takeover 31, Kyle O’Reilly & Finn Balor put on the best match NXT saw in 2020. They gave their all, and both men left injured, Balor even suffering a broken jaw that put him out of action until now. In his first match back, he faces Kyle O’Reilly again, a man who knows he can beat Finn Balor.

The gold is on the line, and O’Reilly wants to be the one to start a new gold rush for the Undisputed Era. Balor has put O’Reilly down once, and this time he’s looking to put him down forever.

Damien Priest & Karrion Kross Will Tear Each Other Apart

Meanwhile, in a match confirmed to open the show, Karrion Kross & Damien Priest have a grudge to settle. Priest made fun of Kross for having Scarlett do all his business, and got his ass kicked because of it. A wild brawl on NXT last week thankfully didn’t leave either man injured, as this is basically a number one contenders match. They’re going to go to war, and don’t be surprised if this is the last we see of one of them in NXT.

Gran Metalik Is Back For The Cruiserweight Championship

Another title is on the line tonight, and this one could be the lowkey show stealer. Gran Metalik has been in WWE since the Cruiserweight Classic, being a finalist in that tournament. Despite this, and his immense skill, he’s never held the Cruiserweight Championship. Last week on NXT however, he made his return alongside Lince Dorado, they beat Raul Mendoza & Joaquin Wilde, and the challenge was set. Metalik is coming for the championship he deserves, and looks to put on a lucha libre classic with Escobar in the process.

The Battle Of The Badasses, But Now With No Rules

Months ago, Rhea Ripley & Raquel Gonzalez went to battle, with Ripley coming out with the win. Hostilities continued on the build to WarGames, when Gonzalez won for her team, pinning Io Shirai. Now, we get another match between her and Ripley, but with a twist. This time, there are no rules, there are no pinfalls, no submissions. It’s Last Woman Standing, and I’ll be shocked if the ring is standing when the dust settles.

Also announced for the show was the return of Xia Li & Boa, following weeks of vignettes where they were broken down and rebuilt into fighting machines. What are you most excited for tonight on NXT? Let us know what you think in the comment section down below.

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