Io Shirai def. Zeuxis in a Second-Round Match

Io Shirai vs. Zeuxis - Second-Round Match: Mae Young Classic, Oct. 10, 2018

Io Shirai's ballistic offense collides with Zeuxis' hard-hitting power game. Video courtesy of the award-winning WWE Network.

ORLANDO, Fla. — Just like it’s a bad idea to try to lecture Neil deGrasse Tyson about astrophysics, it’s unwise to take to the air against The Genius of the Sky.

Zeuxis found this out in her duel with Io Shirai. Although Zeuxis controlled much of the action thanks to a punishing attack that included targeting Shirai’s shoulder and dumping Shirai on her head with a nasty Michinoku Driver, the luchadora erred when she took to the top rope.

Zeuxis’ first misjudged a moonsault (Shirai’s preferred method for finishing off opponents) and wound up eating nothing but canvas. She rebounded enough to go for her signature top-rope maneuver, La Dulzura, moments later, but The Genius of the Sky countered with a hurricanrana that sent Zeuxis flying. Shirai then rammed her knees into the back of Zeuxis’ head like a battering ram before connecting with a moonsault of her own to claim the pinfall and secure her spot in the Quarterfinals.

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