WWE NXT 12/27/17 is the final NXT episode of 2017. WWE stacked this espisode with the Fatal Four Way match to determine who faces Almas at the next TakeOver and a NXT Women’s Championship match between Ember Moon and Raw’s Sonya Deville. Add to that a likely Moss & Sabbatelli vs. Heavy Machinery match due to Tino and Riddick being bad at parking their sports car and it’s a full show. Let’s get to the recap!
WWE NXT 12/27/17 Recap
WWE. Then. Now. Forever. Updated opening credits to show Fish and O’Reilly with the tag belts and we’re taped (originally taped 11/29/17) from Full Sail. Mauro welcomes us to the final show of 2017. Nigel reminds us that our main event is the Fatal Four Way to determine who will face Almas at the next TakeOver in January.
Street Profits’ music hits and they’re out. I guess we’re slow burning the Moss & Sabbatelli vs. Heavy Machinery feud. Already in the ring? Two dudes.
Match #1: Street Profits vs. Kris Starr & Riley Apex
Yeah, I don’t know either. The announce team never even really specifies which “already in the ring” guy is which – only that Nigel keeps saying the bigger guy looks like a “young JBL”. That poor man. So, yeah, squash. Street Profits run through these guys without breaking a sweat and put them away with the pop-up spinebuster into frog splash combo.
Verdict: Thumbs In The Middle – I’m all for Street Profits getting a little shine and it’s awesome to see Dawkins finally get a gimmick that appears to have legs. Of course, we haven’t seen them beat anyone of substance yet though.
Post-match, Street Profits run into the crowd and cut a promo. They specifically name Authors of Pain, SAnitY, and Undisputed Era. They say that they came and saw in 2017, but in 2018 they will conquer. Dawkins finishes the promo by calling out Undisputed Era and saying the Profits are coming for the titles.
Later tonight? Fatal Four Way!
Up next? Ember Moon vs. Sonya Deville.
Back from break, Raw’s Sonya Deville is out. Ember Moon is out last because the champ enters last.
Match #2: Ember Moon (c) vs. Sonya Deville (NXT Women’s Championship Match)
Not bad, but we’ve seen Moon have way better matches at NXT. Her style doesn’t really meld too well with Sonya’s style, which makes me a little worried if they’re going where it looks like they’re going. That said, Sonya uses her MMA “strikes and submissions” move set here and it’s okay. Moon dodges a sliding knee and counters with a springboard dropkick. After a forearm in the corner, Moon goes up, and puts Deville away with the Eclipse.
Verdict: Thumbs In The Middle – I wasn’t super into this match, which sucks since it was Ember’s first title defense. Also, a few points off since they had to grasp for a reason to even have this match with a talent already up on the main roster.
Post-match, Moon celebrates in the ring and Kairi Sane’s music hits. Kairi is out on the stage and uses her spyglass to look at Moon and gestures that she wants the belt. Out of nowhere, Shayna Baszler debuts by choking out Sane on the stage. Refs flood the stage and eventually pull Baszler off of Sane.
Next, we get an Authors of Pain vignette and Paul Ellering does the talking. Ellering states that the next chapter of the NXT tag division will be written by AoP and Undisputed Era are on borrowed time.
Back from break, Christy is backstage with Ember Moon. Ember says she knows she has a target on her back as champ and if anyone wants to make a statement, she’s not hard to find. Ember does, however, suggest that next time they step into the ring and face her directly.
Later tonight? Four men enter; one man goes to TakeOver.
Next, we get a video package showing us how all four men made their way to the Fatal Four Way match.
Back from break, we learn that next week is a two-hour “Year in Review” show. So, no recap next week!
In two weeks? SAnitY faces Undisputed Era in a rematch for the tag titles.
Back in the arena, Dain’s music hits and he’s out alone for the Fatal Four Way. Gargano is out next, followed by Lars, and Black gets the last entrance.
Match #3: Killian Dain vs. Johnny Gargano vs. Lars Sullivan vs. Aleister Black (Number One Contender Fatal Four Way Match)
Wow, they pulled out all of the stops here. Lars and Dain get in their power moves, the announce table gets destroyed, and we have a run in. After some back and forth, Lars attempts to powerbomb Gargano through the announce table, but Gargano escapes onto the set design behind the announcers in a crafty spot. Lars ends up going through the table after Dain dives off of the stage. Black and Gargano team up briefly to hit a combined powerbomb on Dain in an impressive spot. The match breaks down to a point where it looks like Black is going over, but Fish and O’Reilly run in to prevent the pin. Black handles them, but Cole is out and causes Black to miss a knee strike into the apron. Gargano neutralizes Cole with a suicide dive. After causing Lars to dive into the stairs, and countering a powerbomb to send Dain into Lars via a headscissors, Gargano is able to hit the slingshot DDT on Black. 3 count. Johnny Wrestling pulls out the upset victory and ends Black’s undefeated streak at the same time. Wow!
Verdict: Thumbs Up – A truly unexpected outcome and given the history between the two, Gargano is the most compelling of these four men to face Almas for the title. One has to wonder if this means that Ciampa will be back from injury sooner rather than later.
Post-match, Gargano sells disbelief as we get highlights from this wild main event.
We go off the air on Gargano celebrating in the ring and gesturing that he wants the belt.
That does it for 2017! See you in two weeks with a fresh set of tapings to take us to TakeOver Philly!