WWE NXT WarGames notes: New Year's Evil, Breakker pins Ciampa, Kyle O'Reilly, Rebel Heart

Originally published at https://www.postwrestling.com/2021/12/05/wwe-nxt-wargames-notes-new-years-evil-breakker-pins-ciampa-kyle-oreilly-rebel-heart/

During tonight’s NXT WarGames special, it was announced that New Year’s Evil is taking place on January 4th on USA Network.

Kyle O’Reilly and Von Wagner unsuccessfully challenged Imperium (Fabian Aichner & Marcel Barthel) for the NXT Tag Team Championships. O’Reilly was pinned after being hit with an ‘Imperium Bomb’. Post-match, Von Wagner attempted to ambush O’Reilly but was beaten down. O’Reilly later challenge Wagner to go one-on-one with him in a Steel Cage match on 12/7.

Kyle too smart for that.#NXTWarGames @KORcombat @WWEVonWagner pic.twitter.com/X8nxxJaUQb

— WWE NXT (@WWENXT) December 6, 2021

He didn't get to compete in WarGames this year, and @KORcombat is HUNGRY for steel this Tuesday on #WWENXT!

What do you say, @WWEVonWagner? #NXTWarGames pic.twitter.com/Wzn5uziu7o

— WWE NXT (@WWENXT) December 6, 2021

Headlining NXT WarGames was the men’s WarGames match. Bron Breakker pinned NXT Champion Tommaso Ciampa to score the win for himself, North American Champion Carmelo Hayes, Tony D’Angelo and Grayson Waller.

Johnny Gargano used the ‘Rebel Heart’ theme song for tonight’s show. On 11/24, Fightful Select reported that Gargano signed a short-term extension with WWE and his contract expires on December 10th.

Hearing “Rebel Heart” return and watching Johnny Gargano make his final NXT/WWE entrance gave me all types of emotions.

Gargano is the heart and soul of #WWENXT, FOREVER. 😭💛🖤#NXTWarGames pic.twitter.com/P95BHiVa3T

— CONNER🇨🇦 (@VancityConner) December 6, 2021

As the men’s WarGames match was ongoing, Dexter Lumis made his return and ran off Trick Williams who was on the outside. Lumis was attacked by Williams and Carmelo Hayes 11/16.

Cora Jade got the victory for her team in the women’s WarGames match. She pinned NXT Tag Team Champion Jacy Jayne. Throughout the match, the focus point for Cora was her shoulder. She did a front flip off the cage and “injured” it. Io Shirai popped her shoulder back into place.

🤯 HardCORA HAS ARRIVED 🤯#NXTWarGames @CoraJadeWWE @jacyjaynewwe pic.twitter.com/Vh0MylEqBJ

— WWE NXT (@WWENXT) December 6, 2021

Duke Hudson had his head shaved by Cameron Grimes after losing their hair versus hair match.

don't freak out, @sixftfiiiive, you look…. great…. kinda… maybe? 😬 #NXTWarGames #HairVsHair @CGrimesWWE pic.twitter.com/d3Py4ri9XW

— WWE NXT (@WWENXT) December 6, 2021

In addition to Santos Escobar versus Xyon Quinn, MSK (Wes Lee & Nash Carter’s) ‘Shaman’ will be revealed on the 12/7 NXT 2.0.

The Cruiserweight Championship reign of Roderick Strong continued as he defeated Joe Gacy at WarGames to retain the title.

Prior to NXT WarGames going live, Odyssey Jones defeated Andre Chase in a dark match.