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ATLANTA — It didn’t take long for Mae Young Classic finalist Shayna Baszler to send a terrifying message to the rest of the NXT Women’s division, including its popular titleholder, Ember Moon.
Coming off a pair of disturbing incidents at the WWE Performance Center where she took liberties with her fellow NXT recruits, The Queen of Spades made her in-ring debut against New Zealand’s Dakota Kai. The former UFC fighter overwhelmed the kick-loving Kiwi, working over her left arm and shoulder and twisting her limb in all sorts of unhealthy ways. After she viciously stomped the arm, causing it to bend in gruesome fashion, the referee ruled that Kai could not continue and declared Baszler the victor.
Unsatisfied with the damage already done, Baszler attacked Kai again as she was being treated by NXT’s medical team and locked in the Kirifuda Clutch before Moon rushed into the ring to stop the brazen newcomer. Baszler backed off and left the ring with no further trouble, though her menacing smile suggested her campaign of intimidation is just getting started.