Deonna Purrazzo def. Xia Li in a Second-Round Match
This battle of NXT Superstars saw Purrazzo soften up Li’s left arm and shoulder in preparation for the Fujiwara Armbar. Li reversed The Virtuosa’s first attempt at the hold by rolling up Purrazzo for a near-fall. When the action returned to a standing base, Li used her educated feet to keep Purrazzo off-kilter.
Her enthusiasm got the best of her, however, when she sprang off the turnbuckles at Purrazzo. In one smooth motion, The Virtuosa dodged the attack and swept Li into the Fujiwara Armbar. Purrazzo then amplified the hold by pulling Li’s other arm like a lever, almost causing Li’s elbows to touch behind her back. The painful twist did the job, and Li submitted. With the win, Purrazzo now moves on to face Io Shirai in the Quarterfinals.