NXT Women’s Champion Ember Moon vs. Shayna Baszler
NXT Women’s Champion Ember Moon will face a very difficult challenge at TakeOver: Philadelphia when she puts her coveted title on the line against menacing newcomer Shayna Baszler.
The Queen of Spades stormed onto the scene at NXT just a few weeks ago, ambushing Kairi Sane from behind as she engaged in a staredown with Moon and putting The Pirate Princess to sleep with a ruthless Kirifuda Clutch.
The renowned member of MMA’s Four Horsewomen — who fought her way to the Finals of the inaugural Mae Young Classic last year before losing to Sane — then proceeded to bully her way around the WWE Performance Center on numerous occasions before destroying Dakota Kai in Baszler’s NXT debut match.
The destructive former UFC fighter continued to do whatever she wanted on the Jan. 17 episode of NXT, attacking Aliyah in the ring and prompting NXT’s War Goddess to make the save. With Moon wanting a match against the terrorizing Baszler and the destructive Superstar demanding that the contest be for Moon’s title, General Manager William Regal made the bout official.
For Moon, this is her first TakeOver event as NXT Women’s Champion after winning the previously vacant title in a Fatal 4-Way Match at TakeOver: WarGames. After spending most of 2017 scratching and clawing her way to the top of the NXT Women’s division, the laser-focused champion has made it clear that she is determined to hold onto the prized title for a very long time.
The NXT Women’s Champion certainly is doing the noble thing, standing up to the bullying Baszler, but will she regret picking a fight with such a ruthless submission specialist? Or, will the honorable Moon be able to stand up to her intimidating challenger and introduce her to the devastating Eclipse?
Watch Ember Moon clash with Shayna Baszler in a monumental NXT Women’s Championship Match on Saturday, Jan. 27, at 8 ET/5 PT on the award-winning WWE Network.