Though currently suspended from Monday Night Raw, The Baddest Women on the Planet goes to battle alongside Nia Jax, Bayley, Natalya and Ember Moon in a 10-Woman Tag Team Match during a WWE Live Event.
Ember Moon, Sasha Banks & Alexa Bliss vs. The Riott Squad
Ruby Riott starts against Ember Moon. Riott takes her down with an arm drag. Moon wrenches the arm and sends her into the ropes for a hip toss, but Riott counters. Moon lands on her feet. Riott elbows her in the face and shoulder blocks her down. Moon trips her and hits a slingshot splash for a two count. Alexa Bliss tags in and wrenches the arm. Bliss then fakes a knee injury to tag in Banks. Bliss then limps away while her partners look irritated.
We come back from the break to see Liv Morgan on top of Moon. Sarah Logan tags in and head-butts Moon for a two count. Riott tags in and rag dolls Moon. Moon then runs her face-first into the ropes. Moon goes for a tag, but Riott takes her down. Moon gets away and makes the tag.
Banks and Morgan tag in. Banks cleans house before Morgan drops her on the apron. Morgan flapjacks her and slams her down for a two count. The Riott Squad makes frequent tags to stomp Banks. Morgan applies a full nelson to Banks. Banks gets out and kicks Morgan in the face before hitting a neckbreaker. Logan pulls Moon off the apron, but Moon fights her off, along with Riott. Moon gets on the apron, but Morgan knocks her off. Banks rolls her up for a two count. Morgan attacks and tags Riott in. Banks fights Morgan off and hits Riott and Logan with a Meteora off the ropes. Bayley’s music hits, and she runs down. Bayley tags in and cleans house against Morgan before hitting Bayley-To-Belly for the win.
Winners: Ember Moon, Sasha Banks & Bayley
Bayley, Ember Moon, and Sasha Banks are walking backstage. Banks says that Bayley has had her back. Kurt Angle walks up to them and congratulates them on their performance. Angle tells them that The Riott Squad won the match by disqualification because Bayley wasn’t officially in the match. Bayley’s two “partners” walk off on her.
New RAW Women’s Champion Nia Jax makes her way to the ring. A “You deserve it” chant fires up. Alexa Bliss’ music hits, and she comes out with Mickie James. Bliss calls Nia Jax a bully that likes to throw her weight around… which is clearly a lot of weight because it’s two-times the size of Mickie and three-times the size of her. An “A–hole” chant picks up. Bliss says Jax beat up James for no reason last night. That left Bliss distraught, which is why she lost last night. Bliss says she’s a compassionate woman. When she saw Jax decimate her friend, she competed under emotional stress. Jax tells her to shut up, which the crowd likes. Jax says she did enjoy every second of what she did to Bliss and James last night. Jax says, “I’m you new RAW Women’s Champion.” Jax says Bliss is wrong about tonight. She does have a partner tonight… Ember Moon! Ember Moon comes out to a huge ovation.
Ember Moon & Nia Jax vs. Alexa Bliss & Mickie James
The bell rings, and Nia Jax quickly grabs Mickie James and throws her across the ring. Jax avalanches her in the corner. Jax goes for a second avalanche, but James moves. James kicks her in the back of the knee to take her down. Alexa Bliss is tagged in. They go for a double-team, but Jax gets the better of them. Jax holds James by the hair and points to Ember Moon. The crowd can’t wait for her to be tagged in. Moon is tagged in, and the crowd loudly cheers. Moon hits a forearm followed by a double-arm suplex. Moon kips up and sends her to the ropes, but she lowers her head and eats a kick. Bliss is tagged in, and Moon kicks her down with an enzuigiri. The crowd loudly chants NXT. Moon hits a handspring forearm followed by a springboard cross-body for a near fall. Moon punches James off the apron and sweeps Bliss’ feet. Moon goes to the top rope and hits Bliss with the Eclipse for the win!
Winners: Ember Moon & Nia Jax
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
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.
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.