Backstage, Johnny Gargano is seen psyching up to fight Andrade “Cien” Almas, and his family is with him in the locker room, including newest NXT signee and wife to Johnny Gargano, Candace LaRae.
NXT WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP: EMBER MOON(c) vs. SHAYNA BASZLER
Baszler makes her way to the ring, Goldberg style, with the cameras following her from the back all the way to the ring. She has a very intense look on her face. Ember gets in the ring and holds her championship above her head in the face of Shayna Baszler.
Baszler starts with a waist lock on Moon, and shoves her into the corner and the referee breaks them up. Baszler hits a double leg takedown, but Moon gets up immediately and hits three drop kicks, knocking Baszler out of the ring. Baszler gets in the ring again, and Moon knocks her into the corner and runs to the other to hit her handspring splash but is caught by Baszler and Baszler hits Moon with knee after knee, knocking Moon to the ground. Moon is in perfect position for Baszler to put Moon’s arm in position to hit the sick stomp like she did to Dakota Kai several weeks ago. Ember Moon is rolling in pain and Baszler starts to focus on that left arm. Arm bars, kicks, and everything else you can think of happens to that left arm but Moon is showing perseverance, and starts to fight back.
Moon fights back and sets up for the Eclipse and hits it, but lands awkwardly on her left arm and she cannot capitalize on the finisher. Moon is rolling around, writhing in pain, unable to do anything to the NXT Women’s Champion. Doctors come out and check on Moon, but she insists that she is ok and to not stop the match. Finally, Moon goes to take advantage and pick up Baszler, but Baszler is playing possum and locks in an arm bar on Ember Moon!
Moon tries to roll out of it multiple times, attempting to grasp her own arm to avoid the full extension. Baszler rolls through again, trying to break the lock of Moon’s hands, and finally wrenches on Moon’s arm! Moon looks like she is about to tap, as she is complete unbearable pain, until she gains leverage and rolls Baszler up to pick up the surprise victory!
Winner and STILL NXT Women’s Champion: Ember Moon
After the match, Baszler is clearly stunned in the ring, pissed. Moon is outside of the ring, writhing in pain still. She seems stunned herself that she won. She starts to make her way to the back but is attacked by Baszler who angrily starts to pound away on Moon. Moon is on the ground and Baszler locks in a sleeper and promptly puts Moon to sleep. Referees try to break up the hold, but Baszler is relentless and will not relinquish the hold. The referees finally pry her off and Baszler gets up, clearly proud of herself. She makes her way to the back, and Moon is passed out. Moon finally comes to, but has trouble standing up and is helped to the back. What a match!
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