AJ Styles is coming to WWE NXT New Year’s Evil.
Tonight’s NXT 2.0 show kicked off with Grayson Waller taunting AJ over last night’s RAW appearance, and accusing AJ of trying to steal his clout. Waller then bragged about how he is the Breakout NXT Superstar of the year, and revealed that Dexter Lumis was not cleared to compete in their match tonight, but a replacement was sent out in the form of Odyssey Jones. Waller ended up winning that match after exposing the turnbuckle.
After the match, AJ appeared on the big screen and had words for Waller, saying he got what he wanted on RAW – attention, but it was the wrong kind of attention. AJ then revealed that he will be at New Year’s Evil next Tuesday.
Styles and Waller have been feuding for a few weeks now, but it was not clear if they will be wrestling next week.
WALTER and Riddle are also set to compete in a big six-man tag team match at NXT New Year’s Evil.
Riddle was scheduled to appear with MSK’s Wes Lee and Nash Carter during tonight’s NXT show so that they could call out Imperium’s Marcel Barthel and Fabian Aichner for a shot at the NXT Tag Team Titles. Riddle did appear, but only live via satellite, noting that plans had to change and he couldn’t make it in person. Riddle praised MSK and hyped them up, telling them the next step in their journey is to call Imperium out for a title shot. Lee and Carter then had words with Aichner and Barthel, and challenged them to a title shot, but WALTER interrupted from the big screen.
This will be WALTER’s first WWE TV match since losing the NXT UK Title to Ilja Dragunov at NXT Takeover 36 during SummerSlam Weekend in late August. He worked five WWE live event matches on the November tour of the UK, and defeated Cara Noir at the wXw 21st Anniversary show in Germany on December 18.
The NXT New Year’s Evil 2022 episode will air live next Tuesday, January 4 from the WWE Performance Center in Orlando. Below are a few related shots from tonight’s NXT 2.0, along with the updated card:
NXT Title Match
Bron Breakker vs. Tommaso Ciampa (c)
Triple Threat for the NXT Women’s Title
Cora Jade vs. Raquel Gonzalez vs. Mandy Rose (c)
Title vs. Title Unification Match
NXT Cruiserweight Champion Roderick Strong vs. NXT North American Champion Carmelo Hayes
Imperium (WALTER, NXT Tag Team Champions Marcel Barthel and Fabian Aichner) vs. RAW Tag Team Champion Riddle and MSK (Wes Lee, Nash Carter)
AJ Styles appears live to confront Grayson Waller