WWE NXT notes: Boa & Xia Li returning, Lucha House Party, Jon Huber graphic

NXT's next program is their New Year's Evil show and their 12/30 showing was the final build to New Year's Evil.

NXT’s first show of 2021 is titled ‘New Year’s Evil’ and along with a number of matches and two championship bouts scheduled for the show, it will feature the return of Xia Li and Boa. Boa and Xia were recruited by an unknown individual and vignettes have been airing on NXT of them taking beatings and their physical strength and willpower being tested. After weeks of those vignettes, they will be on next week’s NXT.

Gran Metalik and Lince Dorado of Lucha House Party competed on NXT and they took on Joaquin Wilde and Raul Mendoza of Legado Del Fantasma. After that match, it was made official that Gran Metalik will challenge Santos Escobar for the NXT Cruiserweight Championship at New Year’s Evil.

To kick off NXT, WWE put up a graphic to pay respects to the life of Jon Huber (Luke Harper).

The NXT Year-End award winners were revealed and here were the winners for 2020:

* Breakout Star of the Year: Shotzi Blackheart
* Rivalry of the Year: Adam Cole vs. Pat McAfee
* Tag Team of the Year: Undisputed ERA
* Male Competitor of the Year: Adam Cole
* Female Competitor of the Year: Io Shirai
* Overall Competitor of the Year: Io Shirai
* Event of the Year: TakeOver: WarGames
* Future Star of the Year: Austin Theory
* Match of the Year: Finn Balor vs. Kyle O’Reilly at NXT TakeOver 31

In the main event, Johnny Gargano defeated Leon Ruff to retain the North American Championship. New Year’s Evil is taking place next week and here’s the current lineup for the show:

* NXT Championship: Finn Balor (c) vs. Kyle O’Reilly
* Karrion Kross vs. Damian Priest
* Last Woman Standing Match: Raquel Gonzalez vs. Rhea Ripley
* Fight Pit Match: Timothy Thatcher vs. Tommaso Ciampa
* NXT Cruiserweight Championship: Santos Escobar (c) vs. Gran Metalik

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