NXT Women’s Championship Qualifier
Ember Moon vs. Ruby Riot vs. Sonya Deville
We start with a test of strength between Riot and Moon, and they try to get Sonya to join to no avail, as she kicks Riot before she’s rolled up by Ember for a nearfall, and Riot gets a nearfall on Ember. Headscissors takedown by Riot takes Moon out of the ring, and Sonya takes Riot down with a lariat for a nearfall. Riot reverses a whip into an arm drag and a flurry of offense on Sonya as Ember gets back in the ring. Riot takes Moon and Sonya down, Sonya rolling out of the ring as Ember and Riot exchange holds. They knock Sonya off the apron before focusing on each other again, Moon getting a nearfall before Sonya comes back in. Ember takes Sonya down to get a nearfall, and gets a nearfall on Riot as well. Sonya back up, hitting some hard kicks on Ember as we go to break.
Back from break, Sonya is in control with a gut wrench suplex on both Moon and Riot. Riot drives the head of Sonya into the corner, before throwing Ember into Sonya. Ember dodges another attack, throwing Ruby out of the ring before getting a nearfall on Sonya. Ember hits the ropes, only to jump right into a spear by Sonya for a nearfall. Ruby breaks it up as Ember rolls out of the ring, as Ruby and Sonya exchange blows. Sonya gets the advantage with a knee to the gut of Ruby, but Ruby manages to get Sonya out of the ring before going for a dive…running right into a forearm by Sonya! Ember goes on the attack now, but Sonya throws her into the apron before climbing on. She leaps off, only for Ember to hit a dropkick on her! Ruby climbs up top as the other two women get up, and she leaps off onto them! Ruby’s ankle is hurt as she brings Ember back into the ring, hitting a hard kick on Ember but favoring the leg as Sonya slides into the ring, locking in the ankle lock on Ruby! She applies the grapevine, causing even more damage as Ruby struggles to get to the ropes and escape. Sonya brings her back in, locking the ankle lock back on! Ruby looks like she could tap out any second, but Ember hits an Eclipse on Sonya from behind! Sonya rolls out of the way as Ember ends up pinning Ruby for the win.
Winner: Ember Moon
We are back and William Regal introduces the NXT Women’s Champion, Asuka. Asuka says she has been in NXT for almost two years. She has fought so many great superstars. She says she loves NXT. She says she grew up so much here and she is grateful for NXT. William Regal says that since she became the NXT Women’s Champion, she has defended that title with honor and you have been willing to risk everything to defend that title. Regal says Asuka is one of the greatest champions in WWE history. William says the NXT Universe has seen it and others are seeing it. William says they have started negotiations with the General Managers of Raw and Smackdown. That is a bittersweet moment because Asuka will be stepping down as NXT Women’s Champion.
The other women come out onto the stage to show their respect for Asuka. The rest of the roster join the women on the stage. Asuka tells the crowd they are NXT. She says she is NXT. Wherever she goes, NXT goes with her. Ember Moon makes her way to the front of the stage and she makes her way to the ring. Ember enters the ring and she offers her hand to Asuka. Ember pulls it away and then they hug. Triple H makes his way to the ring with roses, and Hunter gives the roses to Asuka and hugs her.
NXT Women’s Champion Asuka vs. Ember Moon
NXT Women’s Champion Asuka is not only faced by a worthy challenger at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn III, but one that could spell the end of her historic title reign and undefeated streak. On Saturday, Aug. 19, at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, Ember Moon will challenge The Empress of Tomorrow for the NXT Women’s Title in a highly anticipated rematch.
It’s hard to bet against Asuka, who has thwarted every opponent thrown her way since arriving in NXT in 2015. However, there is one competitor who had her on the brink of defeat during their first encounter at TakeOver: Orlando in April. The supremely talented Moon was mere moments away from nailing Asuka with her devastating Eclipse finisher during the match, only for the champion to shove the referee into the ropes and claim victory once again.
The debate continues as to whether Asuka, perhaps fearful that getting hit with Moon’s Eclipse would spell the end of her historic title reign, pushed the referee on purpose. Either way, Moon will get another opportunity to try to hit her acclaimed Eclipse finishing move and end the Empress’ title reign.
It hasn’t been easy for Moon to get back to this point, having been sidelined for more than a month after Asuka, of all people, threw her through the ropes to the floor, injuring Moon’s shoulder and keeping her out of TakeOver: Chicago.
Moon has since returned with a vengeance, looking more determined than ever to capture the NXT Women’s Championship. As for the titleholder, she went on a brief hiatus following her epic title defense against Nikki Cross in a vicious Last Woman Standing Match. The champion made it clear that she wasn’t going to return until a challenger worthy of her time stepped up.
That challenger has since come forward, and her name is Ember Moon. Can Moon do what no other woman has been able to and take the title away from Asuka? Or will the NXT Women’s Champion continue her unprecedented title reign?
Find out on Saturday, Aug. 19, at 8 ET/5 PT, when NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn III streams live on the award-winning WWE Network.
After suffering a shoulder injury that derailed her career for two months, Ember Moon is back. This week, Moon speaks to WWE.com about her injury, frustrations and her belief that she still has what it takes to defeat NXT Women’s Champion Asuka.
WWE.COM: How does it feel to be back on the active roster of NXT?
EMBER MOON: I feel like I’ve lifted a huge weight off my back. I’ve always known that every time you step into that ring, you run a huge risk of getting seriously injured. I’m just relieved my shoulder is 100 percent and I’m back in the mix.
WWE.COM: What exactly was the injury to your shoulder?
MOON: I had a grade-one AC joint tear or, in layman terms, a separated shoulder.
WWE.COM: Take us through that moment last May when your shoulder slammed against the ringside barricade, thus causing the injury.
MOON: When I hit the barricade, I knew that I was hurt. I heard something pop in my shoulder and I initially thought it was my collarbone. The pain didn’t hit until I rolled over onto my back. I remember telling myself that it hurts, but it won’t be too bad. As soon as the medical trainers tried to move me, I realized that it was worse than I thought. I remember literally hitting the floor with my hand, realizing that I was probably going to miss NXT TakeOver: Chicago.
WWE.COM: What was your rehab like?
MOON: The first two weeks after the injury, I was mostly only allowed to rest. Resting was the hardest part because I’m used to being in the game. I’m used to being at the WWE Performance Center six hours a day, training and working on getting better. After two weeks, I was able to get more aggressive with electrotherapy and light weight-training. I would start with two pounds and then bump up to five pounds, then 10 pounds, etc. It got to a point that instead of training six hours of day, I was doing therapy for six hours a day. Continue reading Exclusive Q&A: How Ember Moon went from humbled to home
Ember Moon vs. Peyton Royce w/Billie Kay
They lock up and Ember with a take down while they are locked up but Peyton rolls on top. Peyton with forearms but Ember lands on her feet on a hip toss and she hits a drop kick. Ember with a handspring forearm into the corner and she goes up top but Peyton stops her. Royce sets for a superplex but Ember holds on to the ropes and pushes Peyton off. The referee was knocked out of position and Billie pulls Ember off the turnbuckles. Peyton sends Ember into the turnbuckles and gets a near fall. Peyton sends Ember shoulder first into the ring post.
We are back and Royce with a hammer lock and she takes Ember to the mat and continues to work on the shoulder. Ember gets a near fall. Royce with an elbow and forearm followed by a kick but Ember with a forearm. Ember with kicks and a springboard cross body for a near fall. Ember with a clothesline and a back breaker. Ember goes for a handspring forearm but Royce sees it coming and she connects with an elbow and a kick for a near fall. Ember with a rollup for a near fall. Royce blocks a kick but she misses a kick. Royce avoids a kick but Moon with a head scissors.
Ember goes up top and Billie pulls Ember to the floor. Ember with a cross body onto Billie on the floor. Royce sends Ember back into the ring and Ember with a crucifix for a near fall. Royce with a crucifix for a near fall. Royce with a Widow’s Peak for a near fall. Royce sees the Billie on the floor and connects with a forearm int he corner. Ember sends Royce into the turnbuckles and then she goes up top for Eclipse and the three count.
Winner: Ember Moon