Indie and International standout Nixon Newell was signed by WWE last spring and slated to take part in the inaugural Mae Young Classic (MYC) in the summer of 2017. But an ACL tear took her out of the tournament field and put her on the shelf for the better part of a year.
She finally returned to action at NXT’s Venice, Florida house show last night (April 13), working under her real name (Steffanie Newell) and teaming with Dakota Kai - while wearing matching ring gear. The Kiwi and the Welshwoman came up short in their match against Reina Gonzalez and Vanessa Borne, but at least they looked good:
Oh hai there @wwenxt Universe It’s 1 year since I had my last match before suffering an injury just after arriving at the WWE Performance Centre almost 10months ago! Thanks to the incredible work of the phenomenal WWE doctors, the support of amazing friends, coaches & colleagues, I was finally able to make my NXT debut with one of my best friends @dakotakai_wwe Thank you @wwenxt , Thank you Dakota and thank you Venice, you certainly made this welsh girl feel extremely welcome Time to see what #FlyKicks can do #Repost @wwenxt with @get_repost ・・・ #NXTVenice gets a dose of @nixonnewell and @dakotakai_wwe! #FlyKicks
@NixonNewell ready for action! #NXTVenice @ACadabbi pic.twitter.com/DKkstUEIK7— Wayne Mason (@waynemason) April 14, 2018
Stephanie Newell AKA @NixonNewell makes her NXT debut at #NXTVenice while tagging with @DakotaKai_WWE against @VanessaBorneWWE and @ReinaGWWE. pic.twitter.com/KgIxeZdoTP— I Am The One Who Knocks (@NerdxFerguson) April 13, 2018
Newell and Kai with matching gear. #NXTVenice pic.twitter.com/EVsjPzgRho— Greg Parks (@gregmparks) April 13, 2018
In addition to this new partnership with Kai, Newell has worked with and against the likes of MYC winner Kairi Sane and NXT Women’s Champ Shayna Bazler in Japan, and taken part in plenty of intergender tag action with names on the WWE roster like Pete Dunne and Mark Andrews back in the United Kingdom. So whether it be on NXT, the upcoming second annual women’s tournament show or a future season of Mixed Match Challenge, expect to see lots of this 23 year old on WWE Network in the not too distant future.