NXT Women’s Champion Shayna Baszler and Kairi Sane came unhinged while continuing their epic war inside the STAPLES Center. The deadly Baszler, who insisted she would do anything to continue her championship reign, and the incensed Sane, who came in hellbent on winning back the coveted prize, pulled no punches in their chaotic matchup.
The epic matchup began with Baszler picking up the first fall by way of a Kirifuda Clutch, which came after her trusty MMA pals Marina Shafir and Jessamyn Duke pulled a well-timed distraction on a killer instinct-equipped Sane, who had no choice but to tap. The interruption only fueled The Pirate Princess, who fearlessly launched herself on the top rope to take out the trio with a devasting Insane Elbow. Sane followed up by tossing her nemesis back into the squared circle and dropping a second Insane Elbow right into Baszler’s sternum to tie the bout at one fall apiece.
Sane received some outside assistance from Dakota Kai and Mae Young Classic finalist lo Shirai, and Shirai floored Shafir and Duke with a breathtaking moonsault to the floor. As all the drama unfolded outside of the ring, The Pirate Princess went for another Insane Elbow, but Baszler rolled her up for the controversial three-count. Even though Sane pushed her to her limits, Baszler retained the NXT Women’s Title in signature fashion: by any means necessary.