Ember Moon vs. Aliyah
They shake hands before locking up. Moon with a take down and they lock up again and Aliyah takes Moon to the mat. Aliyah with a side head lock take down and Moon with a head scissors. Aliyah escapes. Aliyah with a waist lock but Moon with a hip lock take down. Aliyah with a head scissors and Ember escapes. Ember with a side head lock. Aliyah sends Ember into the turnbuckles and then she pulls Ember down to the mat and she gets a near fall.
Shayna Baszler shows up on the stage and moves to the announce table. Aliyah with a flying forearm for a near fall. Aliyah gets a near fall while Shayna tells everyone that she runs the division even though Ember is the champ. Aliyah with a rear chin lock. Ember with a wrist lock take down and Ember with a rollup for a near fall. Ember with a sliding flatline but Aliyah gets a boot up. Aliyah comes off the turnbuckles but Ember catches her and hits a Samoan drop. Ember with a handspring clothesline into the corner and then she goes up top for Eclipse and hits it for the three count.
After the match, Ember gets on the turnbuckles and shows Shayna her title belt. Shayna gets on the announce table.
Winner: Ember Moon
Category: WWE NXT
Dakota Kai vs. Lacey Evans
Kai out with a slightly taped up shoulder. Tries for a running kick right off the bat, Evans ducks it, wrenches her arm and starts dropping down some knees on the injury shoulder. Evans with a submission, Kai is able to reverse out of it, roll-up Evans and get the quick victory.
Winner: Dakota Kai
Post-match, Shayna Baszler heads out to the ring and goes right after Kai (who she previously put on the shelf). Baszler stares at Kai who looks quite scared at the moment. Baszler corners her and out comes NXT Women’s Champion Ember Moon with a mic in hand. “So you really want to do this again, Shayna?” She says Baszler started it, but Moon is going to finish it at NXT TakeOver: New Orleans. Moon pops Baszler and the two start brawling in the ring. Some referees try to separate them. Baszler ends up punching Moon in the face, but Moon then kicks her in the face and heads up to the top. Baszler with a high kicks stops Moon and she puts a wrist-lock on Moon over the top rope. Kai hadn’t left though and kicks Baszler in the side of the head. Moon then lands a one-handed Eclipse to drop Baszler, Moon stands over her. It is later announced that Ember Moon vs. Shayna Baszler for the NXT Women’s Championship is official for NXT TakeOver: New Orleans.
Lacey Evans vs. Aliyah
They lock up and Evans with a wrist lock. Aliyah with a reversal. Evans with a reversal of her own. Aliyah is sent to the mat when she tries to reverse the wrist lock. Aliyah with a double leg take down and jackknife cover. Aliyah with a forearm after escaping a backslide attempt. Aliyah with a snap mare and crucifix cover. Lacey goes to the apron and she runs Aliyah’s eyes across the top rope. Lacey with a slingshot elbow drop for a near fall. Evans sends Aliyah into the turnbuckles and she wraps the arm in the ropes. Evans with kicks in the corner. Evan with a hesitation bronco buster and she gets a near fall.
Aliyah with forearms and a European uppercut. Aliyah with a clothesline off the turnbuckles and then she hits a Northern Lights suplex for a near fall. Evans with a jaw breaker and it staggers Aliyah into the corner. Aliyah runs into the corner and is met with a punch and Aliyah goes down and Lacey gets the three count.
Winner: Lacey Evans
After the match, Lacey wonders how Mr. Regal can let the lowest levels of societal trash walk around the women’s division. It is time for a proper, sophisticated, powerful woman clean house. Lacey says she will start with the classless psychos like Nikki Cross or the confused Ember Moon or the pathetic Kairi.
Shayna Baszler shows up and Lacey goes to the back. Shayna goes to the ring and she picks up Aliyah and then chokes her out. Aliyah taps even though it means nothing. Shayna refuses to release the hold despite efforts from the referee. Ember Moon’s music plays and she makes her way to the ring and Shayna is able to get to higher ground. Ember asks Shayna if she wants to bully someone, she dares Shayna to try that with her. Ember tells Shayna to get in the ring so they can do this right now. Shayna ays she doesn’t have her gear so she will do it another time. Ember tells Shayna to name the time and place and she will bring the title. She tells Shayna not to forget her gear because she will beat her ass. Shayna tells her Philadelphia and she tells Ember to remember her title.
Shayna Baszler vs. Dakota Kai
They lock up and Baszler backs Kai into the corner and pie faces her before kicking Kai in the leg. Kai with a forearm and a waist lock. Baszler with a suplex and wrist lock. Baszler continues to work on the elbow and wrist. Baszler with a Sole Food and a kick to the upper chest. Baszler stomps on the elbow and the referee checks on Dakota and calls for the bell.
Winner: Shayna Baszler (by referee stoppage)
After the match, Baszler chokes out Kai. Ember Moon makes her way to the ring to check on Kai. Moon and Baszler have some words for each other before Shayna leaves the ring.
We have a video package for the NXT Women’s Champion Ember Moon. She says three things are near and dear to her heart. Skill, honor, and heart. Keep it close to your head because those are what motivate her. We see Ember at the Performance Center and she talks about the impact that the women have made in NXT. She says they are still fighting and she will not stop. She talks about growing up in Texas. She watched wrestling with her grandfather. Her parents talked about Ember watching World Class Championship Wrestling and the Von Erichs. Ember says she told her grandfather that she was going to be on Raw one day and her grandfather told her to do it. We see footage of Ember while she talked about telling her parents she wanted to be a wrestler and they laughed at her. Her parents talk about how they didn’t know that she was going to Houston. She mentions driving five hours each way from Garland to train.
Booker T says she knew that Ember would be a star. Ember mentions her tryout in FCW and she got a no because she ‘didn’t have the Diva look’. Ember says that hurt when you are 19 or 20 years old. Mickie James says that it wasn’t about the skill and more the look. Norman Smiley says that he told her to keep fighting. Ember says she was going to make a name for herself and make WWE say yes to her. Mickie says either you have it or you don’t and Ember has it. Ember says she was able to make a name for herself. She came to Florida and she saw Paige at Universal and Paige told her to try again. Ember was not sure but Paige told her that she was what WWE was looking for. We see her tryout and Norman says she was a more rounded performer. Ember says if she didn’t make it, she would probably have quit. Ember says she got picked and signed.
Ember says she wanted something powerful other than her real name. The first time people saw her was in Brooklyn. To go from wrestling in front of a hundred people to her biggest crowd was something. She says it was time to go to work and it was time to do what she was born to do. Carmella says Ember is the future of the women’s division. Corey says once she gets in the ring she can hang with anyone. Charlotte says that she is excited to see what Ember can do. Ember says she lost more than a shot at the championship, she lost some of her pride. No matter how many times Asuka beat her down, she will get back up. We see Ember at Takeover Brooklyn.
She felt like she had something to prove in Brooklyn. Ember says there was nothing to cry about after the match because she earned the respect of the NXT Universe. She remembers her first day at the Performance Center, she was sitting next to Asuka. They were happy for each other’s success, but they knew they would be in the ring against each other. They will meet in the ring again. This gave her confidence that she could move forward. Ember says she needs to prove that she can win the big one. She will show she is worthy of the title. She says she respects people who deserve it and cannot fight it. She will fight for anyone as long as it is right. Heart is her passion and desire. As long as she puts her heart into everything, she knows things will turn out right.
NXT Women’s Championship Match
Ember Moon vs. Sonya Deville
Things start quick as the women lock up, and Sonya takes the champ down with a waist lock. Exchange of holds leads to Deville nearly getting an ankle lock before Ember gets away. They lock up again and Ember has a headlock, whipped to the ropes and Ember hits an arm drag on Sonya. Sonya gets a waist lock but Ember escapes, missing a kick as Sonya goes on the offensive now. We’re at a standstill as Sonya looks for a test of strength, but suckers Sonya with a kick instead. Ember is whipped on the ropes but hits a dropkick on Sonya, who rolls out of the ring for a breather. Ember goes to the apron, hitting a cannonball dive on Sonya as we go to break.
Back from break, Sonya is in control now with a knee to the face of Ember for a nearfall. Sonya stays in control with a waist lock, but Ember gets to her feet…only for Sonya to slam her down for a nearfall. Sonya taunts the champ as she stays on the attack, wearing her down with a bearhug on the canvas. Ember slowly gets to her feet, and hits a quesadora that drives Sonya’s face into the bottom turnbuckle. Sonya manages to get to her feet first, but Ember catches her with a suplex and a kick punch combo for a nearfall. Ember charges at Sonya, who stops her with a kick and a knee off the bottom rope for a nearfall. Both women are on their feet again, and Ember hits a springboard dropkick on Sonya. Ember charges at Sonya with a forearm, before climbing up top to hit an Eclipse on Sonya for the win.
Winner: Ember Moon
Ember celebrates in the ring as we get replays from the match. Suddenly, Kairi Sane’s music hits as she makes her way to the stage to indicate her interest in the title. Ember nods as though in agreement, when suddenly Shayna Baszler sneaks up behind Sane with a rear naked choke that knocks Sane out. Officials come out to break up the fracas, as Baszler stands tall over Sane before turning her attention to Ember Moon. She walks off, leaving the officials to check on Sane.
Later on, Christy St. Cloud catches up with Ember Moon, who talks about the target on her back from winning the NXT Women’s Championship. It doesn’t matter if it’s Kairi or Shayna Baszler, if they want to make a statement, they need to step into the ring next time.
It’s announced that next week Ember Moon will defend the NXT Women’s Championship against Sonya Deville.
Ember Moon vs. Peyton Royce w/ Billie Kay
Both women lock up, and Peyton hits a knee right to the midsection as she gets the advantage. Ember fights back, hitting a spinning heel kick and landing a head scissors takedown that sends Royce out of the ring. Ember climbs up top, diving onto both Royce and Kay. The champ brings Royce back into the ring, but is stopped by Kay which gives Royce a chance to lock Ember up in the Tarantula as we go to break.
Back from break, Royce is still in control before Ember takes her down, hitting a spinning back kick and an enziguri for a nearfall. Ember picks Royce up, but Royce rolls her up for a nearfall. Double underhook by Ember, but Royce gets out and hits a back elbow, forearm, and back kick for a nearfall. Royce goes for her fisherman suplex but Ember blocks it, only to be taken to the corner by Royce who hits right hands on the back of the champ. Ember gets out and takes Royce to the corner for a running Liger Bomb, which is blocked by Royce. Ember responds by kicking her down and hitting a big stomp on the back of Royce. Ember climbs up top, hitting the Eclipse for the win.
Winner: Ember Moon
Ember celebrates as we get replays of the match, but Kay runs into the ring hitting Shades of Kay on the champion. She continues the beatdown, getting Royce to help as they drive the face of Ember to the knee of Kay. Before they can do more damage, Nikki Cross runs in to make the save. Cross acts crazy before setting her eyes on the Women’s Championship, and then the champ. Cross stares at the title again before running the ropes, leaving us with the champ holding her title.