WWE NXT Highlights 12.19.18 w/ The Chairman
On the latest episode of NXT, we finally get to see Johnny Gargano and Aleister Black meet inside a steel cage. Find out who wins this much anticipated match and more in this weeks NXT highlights.
Gargano vs Black Inside a Steel Cage
It’s no secret these two men have built up quite the feud in recent months. Thanks to Tommaso Ciampa a few weeks ago being an instigator, the stakes have been raised in this feud. The match is taking place inside a steel cage. Aleister Black will be heading to NXT Takeover next month to challenge Tommaso Ciampa for the NXT Championship, but will he make it there? Not if Johnny Gargano has anything to say about it. This match was solid and fun to watch. Gargano once again had an impressive showing and excelled at playing the role of desperate heel trying to escape the cage on multiple occasions. Towards the end Gargano was trying to climb out and Black tried to escape thru the door. Just when Black got to the door though, Ciampa showed up and smashed the door into Black. Ciampa made his impact known and Gargano came back down from the cage and into the ring. All the sudden Ciampa and Gargano together kicked Black in the head allowing Gargano to pin Black. It’s definitely a mystery where the relationship between former tag team partners turned bitter rivals Gargano and Ciampa is at the moment. However they both have a common enemy in Aleister Black for the time being. In the grand scheme of things, these three are telling one of the best stories in wrestling today.
Io Shirai and Dakota Kai Finally Meet Jessamyn Duke and Marina Shafir
After weeks of brawls and trash talking, we’re finally going to see these four step inside the ring. I found it odd Shayna Baszler didn’t accompany her running buddies to the ring for this contest, but it sure looked like they didn’t need her at first. Dakota of course started and took a beating for a good part of the match. Duke and Shafir isolated Kai in their corner and not allowing her to tag in Shirai. Shirai of course eventually got in there and that’s when the match picked up steam. Shirai looked fantastic and had measured up Shafir for a moonsault. Duke tried distracting her, but Kai made sure she was taking care of by knocking her off the apron. Shirai managed to pin Shafir and was rewarded by William Regal for her performance the final spot in the fatal four way number one contender match coming up also involving Bianca Belair, Lacey Evans, and Mia Yim.
Heavy Machinery Send a Message
Tucker Knight and Otis Dozovic will be heading to the main roster soon, but first they want to take care of Undisputed Era for the NXT Tag Team Championship. Heavy Machinery took on some enhancement talents and squashed them literally. All four members of Undisputed Era were on the stage watching closely which only made Heavy Machinery dispose their opponents with even more ferocity. Heavy Machinery next week will challenge Roderick Strong and Kyle O’Reilly for the NXT Tag Team Championship in what will more than likely be the final Heavy Machinery appearance in NXT before their jump to the main roster.
Io Shirai & Dakota Kai def. Marina Shafir & Jessamyn Duke
Dominik Dijakovic def. Aaron Mackey
Heavy Machinery def. Blake Howell & Danny D’Accardo
Johnny Gargano def. Aleister Black (Steel Cage Match)
What did you think of this week’s NXT? Let me know on Twitter @ChairmanSV and thanks for reading.