Meiko Satomura def. Killer Kelly in a First-Round Match
If there were any lingering doubts about Meiko Satomura’s reputation as one of the world’s most gifted grapplers, those were laid to rest following her expert takedown of NXT UK Superstar Killer Kelly in the First Round.
After an initial feeling-out process — during which Kelly showed no signs of being intimidated by her renowned opponent and even landed big kicks against the certified master striker — Satomura shifted into high gear: She deftly sprang off the turnbuckles with an armdrag on Killer Kelly and seamlessly transitioned into a Boston crab before turning the hold into an airtight STF. As the WWE Universe sat in awe of Satomura’s brilliant offensive flurry, Kelly doggedly concentrated on reaching the ropes to force a break, which she achieved.
Despite the headwinds, Killer Kelly not only stayed in the fight, but she pushed Satomura to the brink of defeat, including locking Satomura in a Dragon Sleeper while both women hung upside-down on the turnbuckles. Killer Kelly followed up with a fisherman suplex, but Satomura broke free of a subsequent German suplex, nailed Kelly with a Pele kick and finished her off with a spine-compressing Death Valley Driver for the win.
Satomura now moves on to the Second Round, while Killer Kelly’s Mae Young Classic run ends here, but that didn’t stop both Superstars from shaking hands after the match — a respectful acknowledgement of the wildly intense battle they had endured. And it’s still only the First Round…