Nikki Cross won a 17-Superstar NXT Women’s Championship Qualifying Battle Royal

NXT Women's Championship Qualifying Battle Royal: WWE NXT, Oct. 25, 2017

NXT's stacked Women's division fights it out in an every-Superstar-for-herself Battle Royal, the winner of which goes on to vie for the vacant NXT Women's Title at TakeOver: Houston. Video courtesy of the award-winning WWE Network.

Nikki Cross was not only a last-minute addition to the NXT Women’s Title Qualifying Battle Royal — she was also the last woman standing.

NXT General Manager William Regal entered her into the match because of Taynara Conti’s attack on Cross during a qualifying match two weeks ago. SAnitY’s psychotic Scot wasted no time getting even with Conti, either, jumping her at the sound of the opening bell and eliminating her right off the bat, as a swarm of the world’s top female Superstars, including several Mae Young Classic alumnae, brawled around them.

Bodies flew left and right during the fistic eruption. Bianca Belair spun Zeda into Rhea Ripley, hurling Ripley from the ring, before dumping Zeda, too. The intimidating Sage Beckett tossed New Zealand’s Dakota Kai and Canada’s Aliyah in short order. Showing off her incredible strength, Belair press-slammed Candice LeRae out of the ring and nearly eliminated Kay, only for the Australian Femme Fatale to avoid elimination by hanging on to Belair’s long braid.

A flurry of eliminations, including several rapid-fire ejections by Cross, narrowed down the field to just Cross and Kay. The Iconic Duo representative tried for a Shades of Kay kick, but Cross moved and shoved Kay over the rope to the floor to secure her place at TakeOver.

Afterward, Regal entered the ring with the NXT Women’s Title in hand as Cross was joined by her opponents at TakeOver: Houston: Kairi Sane, Ember Moon and Peyton Royce. Which battle-tested warrior will make history and become the new champion on Saturday, Nov. 18?

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