Bianca Belair def. Mia Yim, Io Shirai and Lacey Evans (NXT Women’s Title No. 1 Contender’s Fatal 4-Way Match)
ORLANDO, FL. – The ever-unstoppable Bianca Belair ended 2018 by prevailing in a thrilling No. 1 Contender’s Fatal 4-Way Match against Lacey Evans, Io Shirai and Mia Yim to earn the right to challenge NXT Women’s Champion Shayna Baszler at NXT TakeOver: Phoenix. The rip-roaring showdown fired up the year-end edition of NXT with a nonstop tour de force, and with such high stakes, each Superstar pulled out all the stops from bell to bell.
Shirai took flight early on, manipulating an Irish whip from Evans into a missile-like dive through the ropes to land on Belair. The Genius of the Sky’s launch arrived seconds after The Head Baddie in Charge shot out of the ring like a cannon to flatten The EST of NXT. But the dynamic force of Evans made the battle even more challenging, thanks to a solid ground-and-pound strategy that had competitors like Shirai and Yim peeling themselves off the canvas. Belair, meanwhile, for all the strikes she received, remained unyieldingly resilient, as she withstood the punishing rain of attacks and returned them in kind.
As the pressure mounted, so did everyone’s limits. Evans clocked Yim with a Women’s Right out of nowhere, which prompted Shirai to spoil the pinfall and reach for the sky with a gorgeous moonsault onto The Lady of NXT. When Shirai went for the pin, Belair swooped in and struck her with a vicious hair whip before tossing the 2018 Mae Young Classic finalist to the outside with a reverse powerbomb. At that point, The EST of NXT scooped up a dazed Evans and planted her with the K.O.D. to punch her ticket to an NXT Women’s Title Match and, yes, remain un-de-fea-ted.