NXT TakeOver: XXX Results

NXT Women’s Championship: Io Shirai (c) vs. Dakota Kai w/Raquel Gonzalez

Shirai tackled Kai at the bell and started pummeling her. She tried a handspring elbow early on but looked to slip and land on her head, a slight botch, but she no-sold it and kept moving. Gonzalez distracted Shirai early and allowed Kai to gain some leverage. She locked in an armbar as Shirai was entangled in the ropes on the apron. Shirai came back with a hard jumping palm strike. After some stomps, Kai, came back and went for her running Yakuza kick in the corner, but Shirai slipped away. Kai countered with a school boy pin that planted Shirai into the bottom turnbuckle.

Kai accidentally took the referee out with her running Yakuza kick in the corner, knocking him out. Shirai capitalized and threw Kai over with a GermanSuplex, then stuck a picture-perfect Moonsault, but no referee. Reina Gonzalez came into the ring and took Shirai out and draped her over Shirai, then woke the ref up, but again, another close call. Shirai used a Triangle Moonsault to the floor to take both Kai and Gonzalez, then used another Moonsault inside the ring to put Kai away clean and retain the NXT women’s title.

Winner: Io Shirai (c)

Gonzalez flattened Shirai after the bell, but before she could do much damage, Rhea Ripley ran to the ring and had a staredown with her.

Thoughts: A slow pace in the first half, but it picked up in the second. Loved the false finishes and the distractions provided by Gonzalez. Shirai proved to be the better woman that day and I am looking forward to seeing more from her as champion.

Rating: 3.5

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