NXT Live Results: A Pair of Championship Matches Close Out 2019

It's the one of the final NXT shows of 2019, and the third WWE brand is swinging for the fences with two championship matches.

The December 18 episode sees the NXT Champion Adam Cole take on Finn Balor who looks to become the top titleholder of the black and gold brand for the second time. Balor has made it known since returning to NXT in October that he is hungry for the top prize.

After defeating Keith Lee and Tommaso Ciampa last week, Balor will have his chance at Adam Cole. But will the leader of The Undisputed Era have his cohorts by his side and continue his masterful 2019, or will the faction lose their top title?

In what will likely be the main event, Rhea Ripley challenges Shayna Baszler for the NXT Women's Championship. Ripley has been on fire since arriving at NXT from NXT UK, winning the first-ever women's WarGames match and helping Team NXT win at Survivor Series over RAW and SmackDown. But can the young challenger dethrone Baszler, who has become the most dominant women's champion in the promotion's history?

Angel Garza won the NXT Cruiserweight Championship from Lio Rush last week and even proposed to his girlfriend, so the hearthrob is on cloud nine. But what's next for Garza? We'll learn more about his arc tonight.

In January, NXT and NXT UK will go at it in the Worlds Collide tournament before the Royal Rumble. NXT UK competitors have appeared on NXT television in recent weeks, but will we see more tonight? Find out when NXT goes live on USA Network starting at 8 p.m. EST.

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Adam Cole (c) vs Finn Balor - NXT Championship Match

  • Adam Cole wins via pinfall after a Last Shot
  • The finish was set up when Johnny Gargano came out from the back just as Finn Balor was going to hit the 1916 after hitting the Coup de Grace. This distraction allows for Cole to hit Balor with a low blow while the referee wasn't looking.
  • After the bell, Gargano gets a chair and gets in the ring with a tired Finn Balor. Balor tries to leave the ring, but Gargano takes the chair to Finn a few times.

Killian Dain vs Damian Priest

  • Priest pins Dain after a Reckoning

Cameron Grimes vs Kushida

  • Kushida comes out with the hat that he stole from Grimes last week
  • Grimes wins via pinfall after a Cave-In

Io Shirai vs Santana Garrett

  • Shirai wins via pinfall after a Moonsault

Pete Dunne vs Travis Banks

  • Dunne wins via pinfall after a Bitter End
  • After the match, Dunne gives Banks a fist pump

Dakota Kai Interview

  • Kai is asked about being put through two tables. Kai says she doesn't care about being put through the tables because she's the one who won at the end of the day. And she will continue to beat everyone in the women's division until she becomes NXT Women's Champion.

Shayna Baszler (c) vs Rhea Ripley - NXT Women's Championshp Match

  • Marina Shafir and Jessamyn Duke come out to help, but Ripley fends them off but it gives Baszler the opportunity to get the upper hand. Both women are eventually ejected from ringside.
  • At one point in the match, Ripley hits Shayna which hits the referee. This allows for Shayna to use heel tactics and introduce a chair which she DDTs Ripley into but she still kicks out.
  • Ripley wins via pinfall after a Riptide from the top rope.