Can we call her “Killer” Kairi Sane now? It might be a stretch to say The Pirate Princess is flying a black flag following the events of NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn IV. But the first-ever winner of the Mae Young Classic did dig into the long-dormant “killer instinct” Shayna Baszler said she lacked to dethrone The Queen of Spades as NXT Women’s Champion.
Baszler’s repeated insults lent their rubber match an especially personal edge. Even though Sane had proven to be a little more rabid than anticipated in the weeks leading up to their title bout, she was looking to be no match for The Submission Magician’s unique brand of cruelty. It was only after Baszler torqued Sane’s knee into a pretzel that The Pirate Princess transformed into a shrieking, striking banshee, slapping the champion in the face and ripping off a rally that forced Baszler into the defensive.
Even though damage to Sane’s knee meant her lead was a little less secure than she would have liked, it quickly became clear that The Pirate Princess had shown up in a way Baszler didn’t anticipate. The Queen of Spades hung tough, kicking out of one InSane Elbow and blocking a second with her feet. But Sane gave as good as she got, aggravating Baszler’s back by locking her in an Anchor through the ropes, and ultimately stunning the champion by rolling up Baszler while trapped in the Kirifuda Clutch to notch the victory. The look on Baszler’s face spelled pure disbelief. Kairi’s read relief and gratitude. Either way, Kairi Sane is champion. And now, for Shayna Baszler, this is reality.