NXT Women’s Champion Shayna Baszler def. Mia Yim
Mia Yim had fire in her stomach and retribution on her mind as she fought NXT Women’s Champion Shayna Baszler in a fiercely contested non-title match. Yet, all the determination in the world wasn’t enough to curtail Baszler’s warpath.
Both Superstars incurred heavy damage. Baszler’s hand was a mess after her ground-and-pound strategy went awry and she accidentally punched the mat full-force, giving Yim an easy target. However, Baszler had a bull’s-eye of her own after The Head Baddie in Charge missed a kick and struck the steel ring steps, injuring her right leg (which was surgically repaired in 2017).
Yim shrieked in pain as The Submission Magician mauled her weakened limb. Still, she mustered the strength to not only block the Kirifuda Clutch (breaking Baszler’s grip by going after the champion’s bad hand), but she even connected with Sole Food out of nowhere. The move would normally spell the end, but Yim was slow to make the cover, and Baszler kicked out at two.
When Yim went for Protect Ya Neck moments later, Baszler showed her cunning, tripping the HBIC and once again cinching in the Kirifuda Clutch. Refusing to let her signature hold be broken twice in the same match, Baszler wrapped her legs around Yim’s arms and prevented her from busting the hold, and Yim’s tapout was inevitable.
After such a gutsy display, Yim’s grit must be applauded. Just don’t expect Baszler to lead the slow clap; the meanspirited Queen of Spades is too busy imposing her will upon the NXT Women’s division.