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Self-doubt, worry and frustration are all emotions that have found residence in the mind of Ember Moon. Yet, as ordinary as those feelings had become for her, NXT TakeOver: WarGames delivered a brand-new shipment of emotions: Joy, relief and euphoria, all courtesy of a dream come true, Ember Moon capturing the NXT Women’s Championship.
“I’ve been super-ecstatic ever since I won the championship. I worked so hard to get this, and right now I feel like the sky is the limit,” Moon told WWE.com.
Moon has had a few weeks to settle into her new role as NXT Women’s Champion. Following a recent NXT Live Event in Bel Air, Md., NXT’s War Goddess took time to reflect on the fateful night that changed her career.
“As soon as I won the title, I remember having to do an interview right away,” she recalled. “By the time I got to locker room, it was completely empty. I put the title down, I put my armor down and I just stared at the both of them.
“I just said to myself, ‘I finally did it.’ I finally solidified every decision that I made in my career and justified them,” Moon added. “I just took a moment to step out of the craziness and live in that moment of happiness.”
In true storybook fashion, Moon’s mother, father, fiancé, niece and nephew were all in attendance at the Toyota Center to witness Moon’s crowning achievement. And to make things even sweeter, the crowning moment took place in her home state of Texas. Continue reading
We go to the back, where Ember Moon talks about winning the NXT Women’s Championship at Takeover. She talks about it being a dream and accomplishing her destiny, and hopefully being the best Women’s Champion in NXT history! The Iconic Duo interrupt, pointing out that Ember pinned Cross, meaning Peyton has the right to beat Ember up. Ember wants to know who she’s facing next week, and the Iconic Duo can’t decide, leading Ember to tell them that she’ll face whichever one of them next week. With that, the Iconic Duo agree that Royce gets a shot at Ember next week, but not to beat Ember up too bad so Kay can deal with her later.
We see highlights from the Fatal 4-Way Match for the NXT Women’s Championship at NXT TakeOver WarGames, where Ember Moon captured the title.. We then go to a backstage interview with Ember Moon after the match. Ember says it is a dream come true for her, and that all the hard work has finally paid off. Ember says that this is only the beginning for her, she is going to keep doing what she’s doing to keep the Championship.
Overcome with emotion, new NXT Women’s Champion Ember Moon promises this is only the beginning.
NXT Women’s Championship Match
Ember Moon vs. Kairi Sane vs. Peyton Royce vs. Nikki Cross
On the way to the ring, Kay says a few words to Royce and goes to the back. Royce looks scared, but she makes her way to the ring alone for the first time in a long time. Moon dropkicks Cross. Royce drops moon with an elbow. Cross jumps on Moon and mauls her. Moon takes Royce over with a head scissors. Cross jumps on Moon’s back. Royce spin kicks them both. Royce goes for a pin but Sane breaks it up with a running neck breaker. Moon dives onto Cross. Sane dives off the apron and elbows Royce. Moon suicide dives onto Sane and Royce. Cross attacks Moon from behind. Cross tries a hurricanrana on the floor but Moon powerbombs her on the floor. Sane chops Moon in the corner. Sane spears Moon. Sane tries to spear Royce but Royce traps her in the fly trap. Moon superkicks Royce in the face. Moon and Royce trade strikes in the ring. Royce falls to the outside. Sane tries to spear Moon bu Moon leapfrogs her and Sane spears Royce. Sane elbows Moon. Sane goes up top bt Moon cuts her off. Moon tries to superplex Sane but Royce runs up behind her and German suplexes Moon off the top, which also sent Sane falling to the mat as well.
Royce goes for a pin but it doesn’t take. Moon, Sane, and Royce battle in the middle of the ring. Cross dives off the top and splashes everyone. Cross tries Sane into the tree of woe. Cross stomps Sane out in the corner. Royce tries to attack Cross but Cross clotheslines her over the top rope. Cross hits her finish on Sane. Moon breaks up the pin. Moon bicycle kicks Cross in the face. Moon tries to go up top but Cross hits a spinning rope hang DDT. Moon rolls out if the ring before Cross can pin her. Royce grabs Cross and lands the Fisherman’s Suplex. Sane breaks up the pin. Sane Alabama slams Royce onto Cross. Sane hits the Insane Elbow on both Royce and Cross! Moon breaks up the pin. Moon goes up top but Royce crotches her on the top rope. Royce knees Sane in the head. Royce picks up Cross. Moon dives off the top and hits the Eclypse on both Cross and Royce at the same time and gets the pinfall victory.
Winner: Ember Moon
After the match, William Regal is about to present Moon with the title. Asuka gets in the ring and asks Regal if she can. Asuka gives Moon the title and they embrace. Ember celebrates with the championship.
Ember Moon vs. Mercedes Martinez
Martinez and Moon lock up. Martinez goes behind Moon. Moon counters into a double wrist lock. Martinez counter into a side headlock. Moon whips Martinez into the ropes but Martinez floors Moon with a shoulder block. Martinez stomps on Moon’s back. Martinez locks in a seated side headlock. Moon gets to her feet. Martinez kicks Moon in the gut, then slaps her in the face. Martinez tries to hip toss Moon but Moon lands on her feet and arm drags Martinez. Moon nails Martinez with a single leg dropkick. Back leg trip by Moon. Moon hits the ropes and levels Martinez with a basement dropkick. Martinez kicks out at two. Moon whips Martinez into the corner and hits a clothesline. Martinez decks Moon. Moon decks Martinez. Moon hits the ropes but before she can strike Martinez spine busters her.
After the break, Moon misses an enziguri. Martinez destroys Moon with a knife edge chop. Moon drops like a sack of bricks. As Moon writhes in pain on the mat Martinez smiles. Three Amigos by Martinez. Moon kicks out. Martinez tries to set up the fisherman’s buster but Moon fights out of it. Step up enziguri by Moon. Hurricanrana by Moon. Martinez rolls to the outside. Moon lets out a war cry before taking Martinez out with a topé suicida. Moon rolls Martinez back into the ring. Moon mounts the top rope. Martinez surprises Moon with a running big boot. Martinez hits a running Tower of London (shades of Nigel McGuinness). Moon somehow kicks out. Martinez tries the Fisherman’s Buster again. Moon counters. Martinez misses a boot and ends up tied up in the ropes. Moon kicks Martinez in the back, then stomps her on the chest. Moon hits the Eclypse off the top for the pinfall victory.
Winner: Ember Moon
After the match, Nikki Cross, Peyton Royce, and Kairi Sane all make their way into the arena and stare eachother down.
Interview with Ember Moon. St. Cloud asks her about comments made by Mercedes Martinez from last week, saying Moon can’t win the big one. Moon invites her to the ring for a match next week.