1/3/18 WWE NXT Coverage: 2017 Year in Review Show

Jan 3, 2018 - by Michael Riba

Tonight’s NXT opens up with William Regal informing us that tonight’s show will indeed be a recap of 2017, but will also feature exclusive footage and matches. We see the NXT opening video and then Mike Rome and Kayla Braxton welcome us to the show.

We see that the NXT Year End Award winners will be revealed during NXT TakeOver: Philadelphia. We also see that we will see the NXT Championship Match from November, where Drew McIntyre defended the title against Adam Cole.

We take a look back at the match from NXT TakeOver: San Antonio between Shinsuke Nakamura and Bobby Roode, in which Roode won the NXT Championship. We then take a look at their rematch at NXT TakeOver: Orlando, which Roode also won. When see Nakamura’s farewell to NXT on April 12, 2017.

Next up is a look at Drew McIntyre. We see that we will see more of McIntyre later, as well as Ember Moon.

We take a look back at NXT TakeOver: San Antonio and the match between DIY and The Authors of Pain, in which AOP won the NXT Tag Team Championship. We then see that we will see an exclusive interview with Johnny Gargano later tonight, as well as one with Andrade “Cien” Almas and Zelina Vega.

We take a look at the match between BobbY Roode and Drew McIntyre at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn III, in which McIntyre won the NXT Championship and which also saw the debut of The Undisputed ERA. We then take a closer look at Adam Cole, Kyle O’Reilly, and Bobby Fish. We then see footage from two weeks ago when Fish and O’Reilly won the NXT Tag Team Championship from SAnitY.

We then take a look at the NXT Tag Team Division: Undisputed ERA, Tino Sabbatelli and Riddick Moss, Heavy Machinery, and TM-61. We then see that we will take an in-depth look at TM-61 in two weeks when Shane Thorne and Nick Miller make their return to NXT.

We take a look at the feud between Alesiter Black and Velveteen Dream, which culminated with a match, won by Black, at NXT TakeOver: WarGames. We then see that we will take a look at the WarGames Match later on.

We take a look at the feud between Drew McIntyre and Andrade “Cien” Almas.

We then take a look at the NXT Championship Match between Drew McIntyre and Adam Cole, which featured Shawn Michaels as the guest referee, that took place on November 17, 2017 in San Antonio, Texas. We then see Andrade “Cien” Almas defeating Drew McIntyre at NXT TakeOver: WarGames to win the NXT Championship, and also McIntyre injuring his arm in the process.

We see an interview with Almas and Zelina Vega. Vega says they are taking Johnny Gargano seriously, but just like in the past, Almas will stand victorious. Almas says he is the champion and is prepared for his future. Vega says Gargano is a broken man and is not over what happened in 2017. Almas says he is always tranquilo and Vega says the title is not going anywhere. Vega says Gargano is not worth it and not worth their time. Vega says no one can hold a candle to Almas.

We see that an exclusive interview with Gargano is still to come later tonight.

We take a look back at the most dominant performer in NXT history, Asuka. We then take a look at the current crop of the NXT Women’s Division: Ember Moon, Billie Kay and Peyton Royce, Lacey Evans, Kairi Sane, Bianca Belair, Vanessa Borne, Shayna Baszler, Nikki Cross. We then look back at NXT from last week, when Kairi Sane and Shayna Baszler made their presence felt after Ember Moon’s match. We see that Baszler will make her in-ring debut next week.

We take a look back at the WarGames Match between The Undisputed ERA, SAnitY, and The Authors of Pain and Roderick Strong, which was won by the Undisputed ERA.

We take a look back at the breakup of DIY after Tommaso Ciampa turned on Johnny Gargano at NXT TakeOver: Chicago. We then take a look at last week’s NXT when Gargano defeated Aleister Black, Killian Dain, and Lars Sullvan to become the #1 Contender for the NXT Championship. We see that Aleister Black will take on Adam Cole at NXT TakeOver: Philadelphia, as well as Gargano challenging Almas at the event.

Gargano says 2017 started off as a dream, because he and his best friend were the NXT Tag Team Champions. He says it all came crashing down when Ciampa turned on him. He says he knew he had to get back to being Johnny Wrestling, but he couldn’t and things kept getting worse. He says it got better last week and says he will become the next NXT Champion and will be on top of the world.

We see all of the categories for the NXT Year End Awards for 2017 and that voting is now open on WWE.com.

We then take a look at Ember Moon’s rise to the NXT Women’s Championship.

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