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WWE announces 'A Very Gargano Christmas' for next week's NXT


WWE has made a few announcements for next week's episode of NXT.

During the main event of tonight's NXT, it was announced on commentary that "A Very Gargano Christmas" will take place on NXT next Wednesday (December 23). It will feature The Way (NXT North American Champion Johnny Gargano, Candice LeRae, Indi Hartwell, and Austin Theory).

Gargano & Theory teamed together to defeat Leon Ruff & Kushida on NXT tonight. Later in the show, Shotzi Blackheart defeated Hartwell by disqualification when Hartwell hit Blackheart with the trophy that Gargano gave LeRae after NXT TakeOver: WarGames. Hartwell and LeRae laid out Blackheart with a Wicked Stepsister stomp after the match.

Team Candice (LeRae, Dakota Kai, Raquel Gonzalez & Toni Storm) defeated Team Shotzi (Blackheart, Ember Moon, Rhea Ripley & NXT Women's Champion Io Shirai) in the women's WarGames match at TakeOver earlier this month. LeRae is out of action after injuring her arm during the match.

A rematch and a return are also set for next Wednesday's NXT. WWE has announced that Jake Atlas vs. Isaiah "Swerve" Scott will take place on the show. Bronson Reed will also make his return, appearing on NXT for the first time since October 21.

Atlas defeated Scott on last week's NXT by reversing a pin attempt. After the match, Scott refused to shake Atlas' hand.

Scott took part in a backstage interview on tonight's NXT and was asked about refusing the handshake. Scott said he gets frustrated when he loses and everyone is blowing the handshake out of proportion. Scott went to say that he especially gets frustrated when losing to someone like Atlas. Scott caught himself and said Atlas is a hell of an athlete and deserves to be in NXT. But Scott said he's been in NXT longer and has been working on his craft longer than Atlas, so losing to someone like Atlas is going to get to him a little bit.

Scott then announced that he just got out of NXT general manager William Regal's office and they agreed that Scott will face Atlas in a rematch next Wednesday.