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Fifteen elite athletes — including established NXT Superstars, top prospects from the WWE Performance Center and acclaimed free agents — packed the ring for the chance to win a title opportunity against undefeated NXT Women’s Champion Asuka at TakeOver: Chicago.
When the dust settled, no one woman was declared victorious — Asuka saw to that much — but three title contenders still emerged, despite The Empress of Tomorrow’s best efforts.
The over-the-top-rope fray was a true battle of attrition, and the action was unrelenting from the start. As competitors like the hard-hitting Sonya Deville and former Marine Corps military police officer Lacey Evans fell by the wayside, the field eventually tightened to six Superstars: Ember Moon, Ruby Riot, Nikki Cross, Liv Morgan, Billie Kay and Peyton Royce. Once Cross removed Liv from the equation and Moon took out The Iconic Duo, the three finalists turned their sights on each other.
Ember connected with the Eclipse against Cross, but an attempt to do the same to Riot was blocked when Asuka ran to the ring and shoved her off the turnbuckle, causing the NXT officials to call for the bell. Asuka then mercilessly fired Moon through the ropes to the floor before attacking Riot and Cross.
Asuka’s bid to seemingly eliminate her competition may have backfired, though. General Manager William Regal, appearing distraught over the turn of events, entered the scene and announced that The Empress of Tomorrow will face not one, but three challengers when she battles Ember Moon, Ruby Riot and Nikki Cross in a Fatal 4-Way Match at TakeOver: Chicago on Saturday, May 20.