Bianca Belair, Kairi Sane & Io Shirai def. Shayna Baszler, Marina Shafir & Jessamyn Duke
“Upset” is one of many ways to describe the conclusion to the high-octane battle between Bianca Belair, Kairi Sane & Io Shirai and the treacherous trio of NXT Women’s Champion Shayna Baszler, Marina Shafir & Jessamyn Duke. With so many layers of grudges baked into this all-star matchup – such as Sane & Shirai’s quarrel with Shafir & Duke and the boiling temps between Belair and Baszler following TakeOver: Phoenix – it’s no wonder that fists flew with total abandon.
Exercising their dynamic combination of strength and agility, Belair deadlifted Sane into the air for an impromptu InSane Elbow on Duke. Yet, the united power of Baszler, Shafir & Duke proved to be a difficult front for the opposing trio to climb. Baszler’s joint-breaking holds and Shafir & Duke’s relentless strikes dented the armor of Belair, Sane & Shirai. At one point, the entire trio took turns tagging in and pounding Sane with a variety of attacks – but once Shirai stepped in and took flight, nothing was the same. Shirai lit up Baszler with a 619 and brought in Sane for an InSane Elbow. When that couldn’t score the pinfall, The EST of NXT swung into action and laced The Queen of Spades with the K.O.D, only for Duke & Shafir to halt the ensuing pin attempt. Shirai tagged herself in, and with Baszler still feeling the effects of the KOD, The Queen of Spades was an easy target for The Genius of the Sky to land an awe-inspiring moonsault for the three count.
In the end, the look on Belair’s face as she watched Shirai snag the pinfall over the NXT Women’s Champion said it all. Though the battle was won, unfinished business still stands.