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.
— WWE NXT (@WWENXT) January 9, 2018
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.
Ember Moon, Kassius Ohno, Bianca Belair and Buddy Murphy take turns trying to master trampolining techniques as shown to them by the performers of Cirque du Soleil’s “La Nouba.”
See what happens when NXT Superstars and the artists behind Cirque du Soleil’s “La Nouba” enter each other’s worlds for an eye-opening cross-training experience.