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.
Nikki Cross wins the Battle Royal to determine the final participant in the Women’s Championship Fatal 4-Way match at NXT TakeOver. Regal is in the middle of the ring with the Women’s Championship as Royce and Cross get into it until Ember Moon’s music hits, bringing her down to the ring to confront Royce and Cross when Kairi Sane’s music hits, bringing the inaugural Mae Young Classic winner to the ring.
The War Goddess says she won’t be satisfied until the NXT Women’s Title is hers.
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.