NXT Women’s Champion Shayna Baszler vs. Kairi Sane
Shayna Baszler has been nothing short of dominant since capturing the NXT Women’s Title in April, but tonight at TakeOver: Brooklyn IV on WWE Network, the defiant champion will battle one of the few women to claim a pinfall victory over Baszler, Kairi Sane.
The Queen of Spades and The Pirate Princess first collided last summer in the Mae Young Classic Final, with Sane coming out on top to claim the prestigious trophy and her place in the history books as the inaugural Mae Young Classic winner. They clashed again in a rematch earlier this year. Baszler bested Sane that time around, using her suffocating Kirifuda Clutch to snuff out the spirited Superstar. Now, at NXT’s summertime spectacular, they meet again with the top prize of the NXT Women’s division on the line.
Even beyond the rubber-match intrigue, the match is a fascinating study of polar forces, both in terms of in-ring styles and personalities. Baszler is a coldblooded catch-wrestling devotee who overwhelms her competition with devastating submissions and debilitating strikes. She is as despised as she is arrogant. In stark contrast, Sane is a highflying dynamo, a virtuous competitor between the ropes who’s beloved for her courage and affable charm. As Sane recently demonstrated in her dominant performance against Aliyah, she also possesses a much greater killer instinct than meets the eye.
Baszler rules the Women’s division with an iron fist, but will Sane be able to “go for the jugular” and wrest the title away from The Queen of Spades? Don’t miss this championship duel tonight at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn IV!