After heroically returning from a torn right ACL that caused her to miss last year’s Mae Young Classic, Tegan Nox entered this year’s event in search of redemption. Tragically, that quest ended in heartbreak and a new injury suffered by Nox during her Quarterfinal Match against Rhea Ripley.
The Girl with The Shiniest Wizard came out of the gates firing on all cylinders, but she hurt her left leg when she dove out of the ring and onto Ripley within the opening minute of action. Nox reassured the referee and ringside medical team that she could continue to wrestle despite the scare, and Ripley ruthlessly took advantage. Nox bravely fired back with hard strikes, but after being dropkicked by Ripley seconds later, she crumbled to the mat in agony.
The referee and medical personnel rushed to her side and determined that she could no longer compete. That prompted the official to award the win to Ripley, who will go on to face Io Shirai in the next round. Realizing that fate had cruelly intervened yet again, Nox wept openly, while Full Sail Live fell into a stunned and somber silence. As officials assisted her out of the ring, however, chants of “Thank you, Tegan” rang through the arena, making clear that whenever The Girl with The Shiniest Wizard returns to action, she’ll have the full support of the WWE Universe.