The Genius of the Sky meets SmackDown LIVE’s striking specialist
For those who subscribe to the adage that “styles make fights” — heck, even for those who don’t — this week’s showdown between NXT’s Io Shirai and SmackDown LIVE’s Sonya Deville is as compelling a matchup as the WWE Universe has seen on Worlds Collide.
Deville can be counted on to bring devastating punches, kicks, knees and takedowns, all of which were techniques she perfected in MMA before applying inside the squared circle. The Genius of the Sky, in contrast, is an elite high-flyer, a springboarding, moonsaulting burst of energy who’s hard to pin down and whose attacks are even harder to avoid.
Will Deville’s smashmouth approach ground Shirai, or can the NXT fan favorite soar to new heights in this inter-brand bout?