It’s that time of year. The year 2020 is finally coming to a close and as a result, it is time to start looking back at the good things that happened over the last twelve months. That is the kind of thing that can make for some rather interesting discussions as you can find a few different opinions on what worked during the year. That kind of discussion was on display during this week’s NXT.

There are a lot of great things to pick from in NXT, which often feels so far removed from both Monday Night Raw and SmackDown that you might not believe the shows are run by the same company. That is quite the good thing in some cases as NXT gets to live in its own world, which has its own great things going on. Those great things were celebrated in a rather cool way.

NXT presented its annual Year End Awards during this week’s television show. The awards have been given out since 2015 and offer several categories, with this year’s edition having nine awards in total. The votes were cast on and for the second year in a row, the awards also includes nominees from NXT UK. Here are the results, which were announced throughout the night:

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
Event of the Year: TakeOver: WarGames
Future Star: Austin Theory
Match of the Year: Finn Balor vs. Kyle O’Reilly – NXT Title Match – TakeOver 31
Overall Competitor of the Year: Io Shirai

The winners seemed happy. Check out what they had to say:

Opinion: I can always go for something like this and this year’s edition was no exception. At the end of the day, these are the kind of awards that are going to get some kind of attention no matter what and that is a great thing to see. They are also rather fun most of the time, but NXT knows how to use them for storyline advancement if it can help things out. What more can you want from something that can be announced so quickly?

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