New NXT Women’s Champion Crowned, Two Returns, Next Week’s Matches & More

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Below are news & notes from this week’s WWE NXT:

– Rhea Ripley defeated Shayna Baszler in the main event to capture the NXT Women’s Championship for the first time. Ripley, a former NXT UK Women’s Champion, ended Baszler’s 415-day reign.

– Damian Priest returned to the ring with a win over Killian Dain.

– NXT Champion Adam Cole retained over Finn Balor in the show’s opener with a distraction from the returning Johnny Gargano.

– The Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic will happen again in early 2020.

– Next week’s pre-taped Christmas edition of NXT will feature the following:

  • Lio Rush & Keith Lee vs. Tony Nese & Damian Priest
  • Roderick Strong defends the NXT North American Championship

– The following matches were taped for what is likely the New Year’s Day episode of NXT:

  • Candice LeRae def. Taynara Conti
  • Bianca Belair def. Shotzi Blackheart