Brock Lesnar makes explosive return as Bron Breakker stars at NXT WarGames

WWE fans enjoyed another pulsating week of action and Mirror Sport has taken a look at some of the biggest headlines and talking points.

We were waiting for the return of the ‘Beast Incarnate’, and he reappeared this past Friday on SmackDown after his suspension was lifted.

Since his controversial defeat to Roman Reigns at Crown Jewel in October, Lesnar has been dying to get his hands on the Tribal Chief, and he will finally get the opportunity on the first day of 2022.

Meanwhile, NXT WarGames was a perfect night out for wrestling's next big thing Bron Breakker, who starred in his match.

And finally, SmackDown has yet to introduce a new star since the WWE draft, but the wait will soon be over for Xia LI, who will make her first appearance on the blue brand.

Brock Lesnar makes his presence felt on return to SmackDown

After Kayla Braxton’s blockbuster announcement last week, Brock Lesnar opened Friday Night SmackDown to the delight of the San Antonio crowd.

The powerhouse made it clear he is after Roman Reigns and the Universal title, before he was interrupted by none other than Sami Zayn.

The Great Liberator showed great bravery to interrupt Lesnar, who was less than impressed and threatened to “rip his head off.”

Zayn reminded Lesnar he is the number one contender for the Universal championship after winning the Black Friday Battle Royal last week.

Lesnar, keen to be next in line to fight Reigns himself, convinced Zayn to challenge Reigns on that same episode of SmackDown, the only way The Beast knows how.

Despite Zayn’s best efforts to weasel out of the match, a little intimidation and twist of the arm from Brock forced him into changing his mind. it was announced Lesnar would face the winner of Reigns vs Zayn at the ‘Day 1’ pay-per-view on January 1.

Prior to the main event title match, Lesnar, who told Zayn he would be in his corner at ringside, proceeded to attack the former Intercontinental champion and left him laying in a heap in the ring.

'The Head of the Table' then strolled out to pick up the pieces and delivered a devastating spear before locking in the guillotine, which forced a helpless Zayn to tap out.

As a result, the inaugural Day 1 pay-per-view will be headlined by Roman Reigns vs Brock Lesnar, with the Universal title on the line.

Bron Breakker stars at NXT War Games

Bron Breakker is one of WWE’s rising stars and at the age of just 24, he is certainly making the most of his opportunity.

Prior to the War Games pay-per-view, the ex-American football player told fans exactly what to expect from the brutal WarGames match.

“A hard-hitting, physical battle from start to finish. There’s going to be bodies flying. There's going to be people laid out," he said.

“There's going to be weapons. People are going to be broken through stuff. It is going to be physical and extreme.”

That’s exactly what took place as Breakker teamed with Carmelo Hayes, Grayson Waller, and Tony D'Angelo (as "Team 2.0") to defeat NXT champion Tomasso Ciampa, Knight, Johnny Gargano, and Pete Dunne ("Team Black & Gold") in a WarGames match, with Breakker pinning Ciampa.

Following the match, Brekker wrote on social media: “A new era has begun” and he has made great strides in less than one year with the company.

He participated on the recent UK tour, and faced Ciampa, who previously said “the sky’s the limit” for him and his abundance of talent.

When asked about his experience performing overseas, Brekker said: “It was an unbelievable experience, to be honest. It was also the first time I performed in front of a big crowd and got a taste of how they do things on RAW and SmackDown. It was just awesome. The Superstars on the tour were just fantastic.

“All these guys took the time and gave me tips and gave me pointers and they didn't have to do that stuff.”

Xia Li set to make history with upcoming SmackDown debut

Xia Li, the first female Chinese WWE Superstar on SmackDown, will hit screens today, in what will be her first on-screen debut since being drafted in October.

Fans have seen a series of comic book-inspired videos recently released by WWE and they can expect to see Li embody her role as a ‘Protector’ of those who have been wronged.

Li is the first Chinese woman to ever compete in a WWE ring, after she entered the inaugural Mae Young Classic in 2017.

At the 2019 Royal Rumble, Li made her first appearance on a main roster pay-per-view by entering the women's Royal Rumble match at number 11, lasting 4:48 before being eliminated by Charlotte Flair.

She made her NXT debut in February 2019, losing in a singles match to Mia Yim.

On the July 20 2021, episode of NXT , Li challenged Raquel González for the NXT Women's Championship but failed to win.

She will soon start a new chapter of her career on SmackDown and will no doubt relish the opportunity to compete with a new crop of superstars.

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