The NXT New Year's Evil 2023 "go-home show" has arrived!
2023 kicks off for the black and gold brand tonight, as WWE NXT returns on the USA Network starting 8/7c from the Capitol Wrestling Center inside the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida.
On tap for the show is the go-home build for New Year’s Evil, Alba Fyre vs. Isla Dawn in the first-ever Extreme Resolution match, Trick Williams vs. Axiom, Carmelo Hayes vs. Apollo Crews, Charlie Dempsey vs. Hank Walker, as well as The Grayson Waller Effect with NXT Champion Bron Breakker and Grayson Waller signing their contracts for the New Year’s Evil title match.
Featured below are complete WWE NXT results from Tuesday, January 3, 2023. The following report was written by Rajah.com reporter Matt Boone (@MattBoone0709) as the show aired live from 8-10pm EST. on the USA Network.
WWE NXT RESULTS (1/3/2023)
This week's NXT New Year's Evil "go-home" edition of NXT on USA kicks off with the usual "WWE. Then. Now. Forever. Together" opening signature narrated by John Cena. From there, a video package airs recapping NXT in 2022.
Carmelo Hayes vs. Apollo Crews
We shoot inside the CWC and Vic Joseph mentions the goal in 2023 is the same as 2022 for NXT -- to showcase the Superstars of tomorrow. From there, Carmelo Hayes' theme hits and out he comes accompanied by Trick Williams.
Booker T and Vic Joseph banter back-and-forth as Hayes settles inside the ring for our opening contest. His music dies down and he awaits the arrival of his opponent.
On that note, Apollo Crews' theme hits and out he comes to the ring. Vic Joseph calls Apollo Crews vs. Carmelo Hayes a tone-setter for NXT in 2023. Booker T points out that Hayes-Crews is a main event on any other show.
The bell sounds and we're off-and-running with our opening contest. These two get after it quick, fast and in a hurry, as Crews and Hayes hit the ropes and sprint back-and-forth across the ring with blinding speed. Crews ends up decking Hayes with a big dropkick.
Moments later, we see the two fire back up and this time things build to Hayes decking Crews. He follows that up with a nice move out of the corner of the ring for a near fall attempt.
We see Apollo start to fight back into the offensive driver's seat and then we shift to a mid-match commercial break as the action in our first NXT match of the New Year continues.
As we return from the break, we see Apollo is still controlling the action, but not for long as Hayes starts to fight from underneath back into competitive form. He eventually shifts the offensive momentum into his favor and starts taking it to Apollo.
We see Hayes with a single leg crab on Apollo as Trick Williams cheers on Hayes, who pulls back on the submission as the referee takes a closer look. Apollo survive sand starts to take over. He hits a super-plex off the top for a close near fall.
We see Trick Williams on the apron but Apollo takes him out and connects with a flying knee on Hayes. Hayes survives this and takes back over on offense, capping off a sequence with a high-spot off the top-rope that earns him the three-count and the pin fall victory.
Winner: Carmelo Hayes
Axiom vs. Trick Williams
Once the match wraps up, we see Axiom arrive on the scene out of nowhere and he takes out everyone in sight with high spots. He beats down the two and then hits a crazy high spot from the ring to the floor.
Vic Joseph questions if his scheduled match against Trick Williams is gonna go down now as we head to another commercial break. When we return from the break, we see the match in progress and Vic Joseph informs us on commentary that it was officially started during the break and that Trick has been dominating the offense from the word "go."
As the match settles in we see Trick mostly in control until he wasn't, which is when Axiom hits his finisher for the pin fall victory. Once the match wraps up, we see Trick and Hayes double-team beating down Axiom until Apollo Crews runs out to make the save.
The New Day Put The Schism In Their Place
We shoot backstage where The New Day are finishing up words with Pretty Deadly, who walks off. In comes The Schism, who exchange words with The New Day who mostly mock the group. The segment wraps up after a minute or two.
Dikak vs. Channing "Stacks" Lorenzo
We see footage of what has been a long week for Stacks, has Dikaj has him tied up and is torturing him to send a message to Tony D'Angelo. We see the segment wrap up and then head back inside the CWC where Dijak makes his way to the ring.
He goes one-on-one with Stacks when we return on NXT on USA. On that note, we head to a pre-match commercial break as Dijak finishes up his ring entrance.
As we settle back in from the break, we see "earlier today" footage of Drew Gulak teaching some lessons to some young wrestling hopefuls in a ring when he is confronted with Chase U's leader for working with his students without his knowledge.
We see some tension among the ranks and then we head back to the live action inside the CWC, which sees Channing "Stacks" Lorenzo make his way out accompanied by Tony D'Angelo.
With a bruise on his face courtesy of Dijak, Stacks looks ready for action as the bell sounds to get this one off-and-running. We are told Kofi Kingston will take on Joe Gacy in one-on-one action later tonight as we see Dijak taking it to Stacks in the ring.
Stacks starts to take over and go on an offensive rampage but he culminates that by sprinting face-first into the big boot of Dijak. He goes for the cover but only gets two. He continues the beat-down of Stacks, however, and eventually finishes him off with a slingshot off the ropes into a big knee for the pin fall victory.
Tony D'Angelo Vows To Give Dijak Street Justice Next Week
Once the match wraps up, Dijak goes to continue the attack but Tony D'Angelo hits the ring and makes the save. He gets on the microphone and says next week at New Year's Evil he finds out about street justice the Tony D way. Dikak yells off-mic, "you're on!"
Chaos Erupts Within The NXT Women's Division
We shoot backstage where McKenzie Mitchell is conducting an interview when in walks Javier Bernal to promote his Big Body Christmas Album. After this quick backstage segment wraps up, we head back to the ring for our next match of the evening.
Gigi Dolin and Jacy Jane -- Toxic Attraction -- make their way out and head to the ring. Vic Joseph tells us on commentary that we will hear from the two when we return to NXT on USA. On that note, we head to another commercial break.
As we settle back in from the break, Dolin and Jane talk with intensity about how they're gonna essentially do more and make a bigger statement on their own without Mandy Rose. They focus their intensity on Roxanne Perez, noting they are gonna use her body in the foundation of their rebuilt empire.
As they continue to talk, out comes Indi Hartwell. She is then interrupted by Cora Jade, who talks trash to Hartwell as she makes her way through the crowd with a mic-in-hand. She is then interrupted by Nikkita Lyons, who gets a big pop when she says she's surprised Cora Jade's ego fits in this building.
She is then interrupted by Zoey Stark. Stark mocks her for bad TikTok dancing and asks if she's got better things to do like showing her assets off for Instagram. She is then interrupted by Wendy Choo, who comes out talking down Stark and Cora Jade.
Thea Hail finally yells "Girl fight!" and all the aforementioned NXT Women's Superstars head to the ring and start brawling. Also out comes Alba Fyre and Isla Dawn, along with many others from the NXT women's division. A giant donnybrook ensues all throughout the CWC as the fans chant "Let them fight!"
Finally Roxanne Perez's theme hits and the NXT Women's Champion tells everyone to relax. She says next week there will be a 20-woman battle royal and the winner will be the first to challenge her for the title at NXT Vengeance Day. The brawl among the women continues after that.
Extreme Resolutions Match
Alba Fyre vs. Isla Dawn
We see the camera focus in on Alba Fyre and Isla Dawn, who are brawling behind-the-scenes at the Capitol Wrestling Center.
Vic Joseph mentions on commentary how they are scheduled for an Extreme Resolution Match here tonight and he believes that match has already started. The two continue to duke it out backstage as we head to a commercial break.
As we settle back in from the break, we see Dawn and Fyre still violently brawling backstage at the CWC, using a lot of weapons and production equipment nearby.
Following a big suplex spot on a giant NXT logo set-piece backstage, we see a ton of officials try and rush to the scene to break things up.
They plead with Alba Fyre to stop as she continues to savagely attack Isla Dawn, telling her to wait for the match. The commentators finally make it clear that this is not the Extreme Resolution match.
Fyre attacks Dawn's eyes and then knocks her off a balcony. She isn't done there, as she puts Dawn in a chair and rolls her around before continuing to beat her down with trash can lids and other weapons.
We see Fyre put Dawn in a wheel-barrow and roll her out into the arena. She dumps her on the floor at ringside and then beats on her some more before rolling her into the ring. When she follows in after her with a steel chair, the bell sounds and now the Extreme Resolutions Match is officially underway.
Fyre continues to dominate and yells at Dawn to "give into it!" as she does. She hits a Gory Bomb and goes for the cover but only gets two. She grabs a steel chair and whacks at Dawn's back over and over again.
She lays it on top of her and climbs to the top-rope but Dawn recovers and bashes Fyre with the chair, knocking her out to the floor. On that note, we head to a mid-match commercial break as the action continues.
When we return from the break we see Dawn dominating Fyre in the ring, using a wrench to try and injure her fingers while talking to herself out loud. Things culminate with a big table spot on the floor, which Dawn lays down for, allowing Fyre to come off the top-rope and essentially finish her off for the win.
Winner: Alba Fyre
McKenzie Mitchell Talks To Grayson Waller
We shoot backstage where McKenzie Mitchell is standing by with Grayson Waller. Waller talks trash about NXT World Champion Bron Breakker and teasing his special edition of The Grayson Waller Effect with Bron Breakker for later in the show. After this, we head to another commercial break.
Indus Sher, The Creed Brothers Talk About Each Other
As we return from the break, we see Indus Sher and The Creed Brothers talking about each other as footage airs from recent weeks of their near-misses due to medical issues. They promote their showdown next week and the segment ends.
Oro Mensah vs. Javier Bernal
We see Oro Mensah making his way down to the ring but he is attacked from behind by Javier Bernal. Bernal beats him down to the ring and once the two enter the squared circle, the bell sounds to get this one-on-one showdown off-and-running.
This one doesn't last long. After some early back-and-forth action we see things build to the finish, which sees Mensah pick up the "W." After the match we see a quick Kiana James and Brooks Jensen segment backstage before heading to another commercial break.
Winner: Oro Mensah
Andre Chase vs. Drew Gulak
Before we head to the break, however, we see Andre Chase making his way to the ring for our next match of the evening, which will see him taking on Drew Gulak in one-on-one action. NXT on USA continues after the break.
When we return from the break, after a quick backstage segment we return inside the CWC where Drew Gulak makes his way to the ring as well.
The bell sounds and we're off-and-running with this one. The focus is on wrestling and traditional moves and holds, but Booker T talks on commentary about how he can't wait for things to break out from one of these guys.
Chase does the C-H-A-S-E U stomp spot as the crowd chants along with each letter. He then dropkicks Gulak and locks in a figure four leg lock. Gulak makes it to the ropes to force the hold to be broken.
Eventually Gulak loses his cool and steam-rolls Chase en route to securing his Gu-lock submission-finisher for the victory. After the match he doesn't let go of the hold and even Hank Walker is taken back by this.
Winner: Drew Gulak
McKenzie Mitchell Talks To Wes Lee
We shoot backstage to the interview zone where McKenzie Mitchell is talking with NXT North American Champion Wes Lee. She asks him about Tony D'Angelo and Dijak's showdown for next week.
He says he's gonna get a front row seat to watch it next week and the winner will get a shot at his title.
Kofi Kingston vs. Joe Gacy
Now we head back inside the CWC where The New Day's theme hits and out comes the NXT Tag-Team Champions. Kofi Kingston settles inside the ring for his upcoming singles match as we head to a pre-match commercial break.
As we settle back in from the break, The Schism theme plays and out comes the group to accompany Joe Gacy to the ring for this one-on-one bout. The bell sounds and we're officially off-and-running with this one.
Xavier Woods joins Booker T and Vic Joseph on commentary for this match. Gacy knocks Kingston down coming out of the gate with a big shoulder block, but Kingston uses his speed to take over until a member of The Schism interferes as Kofi was on the top-rope.
This leads to Gacy taking over and settling in the offensive driver's seat for a few minutes as the fans try and rally Kofi back into competitive form. This continues for a bit longer and then Kingston fires up for a comeback.
Kingston hits a frogsplash over the back of Gacy as he was bent over while standing up. Kingston hits a running knee to the dome of The Schism member and then looks for a Trouble in Paradise, but Gacy avoids it and takes back over from there until Kingston hits a wild neck-breaker for a close near fall.
We see The Schism get involved again as Kofi was on the top-rope, however this time Xavier Woods gets up and confronts him. Kingston hits a dive onto the floor to take out the culprit and then returns to the ring to hit his Trouble in Paradise finisher on Gacy for the pin fall victory.
Winner: Kofi Kingston
Drew Gulak & Hank Walker Backstage
We shoot backstage and see Drew Gulak pacing back-and-forth as Hank Walker asks him about not letting go of the hold against Andre Chase. In walks Walker's opponent for next week, Charlie Dempsey, who Gulak tells to ice his arm well and prepare for their showdown.
The Grayson Waller Effect With Special Guest Bron Breakker
Now we see Grayson Waller with a big smile on his face sitting backstage. Walking towards the ring is NXT Champion Bron Breakker with his title over his shoulder. The Grayson Waller Effect with special guest Bron Breakker is up next. On that note, we head to another commercial break.
When we return from the break we see Pretty Deadly being confronted by The New Day. They claim they're done jumping the hoops for The New Day. Pretty Deadly will take on three top tag-teams in a gauntlet match on next week's show to prove they are the top challengers for The New Day's titles.
From there, we see a quick look at what is scheduled for next week's show and then we head back inside the Capitol Wrestling Center where we prepare for our main event segment -- The Grayson Waller Effect with Bron Breakker.
Waller is shown in the ring, which is decked out with his Grayson Waller Effect set. He holds up his phone and mentions how he's gonna go on Instagram Live right now. He does and then his screen is shown on the big screen.
He then begins to introduce his guest, but while he is doing so, Bron Breakker's theme interrupts him and out he comes as Waller takes a seat and waits for the NXT World Champion to enter the ring .. a.k.a. .. his set.
He sits down and Waller mentions him interrupting his grand introduction and says he can feel the tension. Breakker pretends to be calm but says "we'll see" when Waller says he can tell he wants to rip his head off. Waller reads a question from IG Live from "GraysonWWE" who asks how it felt to play Goldberg in the sequel to The Spear Heard Round the World.
Waller continues to mock him and Breakker admits to being out-smarted. He also credits Waller for his meme game on social media. Waller finally lets Breakker talk when he mentions how he's gonna say something about him.
He tells the fans to quiet down because Breakker is gonna talk about him. Breakker gives Waller credit for out-smarting everyone else. He calls Breakker the viral guy. They decide to talk about Grayson Waller's many viral moments.
Breakker taunts Waller, who is offended and then claps back by saying all Breakker has done is steal his dad's gimmick. Breakker says he doesn't give a damn what Waller says, he loves his father. He says he'll see him next week.
Waller tries rebutting but Breakker doesn't want to hear it. He finally loses his cool and takes out Waller, beating him down and then diving onto him from the ring to the floor with a swanton.
He stands over him and holds the NXT title up in the air high as his theme plays and the fans bark ala "The Dog-Faced Gremlin" Rick Steiner. This week's show goes off the air on that note as Vic Joseph plugs NXT New Year's Evil 2023 next week. Thanks for joining us!