Kairi Sane def. Lacey Evans

Kairi Sane vs. Lacey Evans: WWE NXT, June 6, 2018

The Pirate Princess and The Lady of NXT slug it out in their highly personal rubber match. Video courtesy of the award-winning WWE Network.

Lacey Evans offered what was likely an insincere handshake to Kairi Sane as the bell rang for their rubber match, but The Pirate Princess — who had been blindsided by Evans once before — knew better than to accept the gesture. Despite Sane’s wise rejection, Evans nonetheless took an early lead in the match. The Lady of NXT ruggedly brutalized the Japanese Superstar, slugging Sane in the stomach, grinding her fist into Sane’s face during a pin attempt and wearing down the winner of the inaugural Mae Young Classic with a suffocating Cobra Clutch.

The turning point came when Evans missed a highlight reel-worthy moonsault from the top rope. The Pirate Princess then punished Evans with a trifecta of Interceptor spears, followed by the Sliding D forearm smash and the flying kabuki elbow. Evans kicked out at two and mounted a brief comeback, but the ever-resilient Sane refused to go down. She grounded Evans with an Alabama Slam and landed the Insane Elbow to win the match. With the emphatic win, has Sane finally put her troubles with Evans in the rear-view mirror?

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