WWE NXT notes: Mercedes Martinez returns, Last Woman Standing match on 1/6

Mercedes Martinez made her return, a Last Woman Standing match announced for New Year's Evil and more on the 12/23 edition of NXT.

NXT Women’s Champion Io Shirai made her way to the ring on the 12/23 episode of NXT and she called out Toni Storm who stated during a backstage interview that she is coming for Io and her title. As Io was sitting in the ring, Toni’s music hit but coming from behind was Mercedes Martinez who last wrestled on the September 8th episode of NXT in a Steel Cage against Rhea Ripley. Martinez was a part of the REBTRIBUTION group but stopped appeared with them after several weeks.

Two new matches have been added to the New Year’s Evil match card. First, Raquel Gonzalez will meet Rhea Ripley in a Last Woman Standing match as the two competitors have been at odds for months. On top of that, Timothy Thatcher and Tommaso Ciampa are going to clash in a Fight Pit match. The last NXT Fight Pit featured Riddle and Thatcher and Thatcher was the winner. WWE Hall Of Famer Kurt Angle was the official for that match.

New Year’s Evil is on 1/6 but scheduled for the 12/30 episode of NXT is Roderick Strong vs. Pete Dunne along with Leon Ruff getting his rematch against Johnny Gargano for the North American Championship. Gargano won the title for a third time at TakeOver: WarGames where he pinned Ruff in a three-way involving Damian Priest.

On tonight’s episode of NXT, Leon Ruff picked up a win over Thatcher. Post-match, Thatcher was ambushed by Ciampa and then Ciampa issued the challenge for the Fight Pit match.

Velveteen Dream made his return to NXT TV and confronted Adam Cole which set up their main event match. Cole defeated Dream. There were several ‘A Very Gargano Christmas’ segments with Candice LeRae, Johnny Gargano, Indi Hartwell and Austin Theory. Gargano made jokes about No Way Jose and supporting ‘Indi Wrestling’.

The upNXT crew’s review of tonight’s edition of NXT can be watched on their YouTube channel.

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