Whether you’e picked a side or are just enjoying a lot great wrestling every Wednesday night, it’s hard to miss how NXT’s expansion to two hours has resulted in more time for their women’s division. More importantly, what Shayna Baszler, Rhea Ripley, Io Shirai, Candice LeRae, Mia Yim, Dakota Kai, Bianca Belair, Xia Li, Tegan Nox, and the entire roster have done with the opportunity proves the Women’s Evolution is more than a marketing slogan. It’s also far from over.
A Jacksonville, Florida house show in front of 400 people isn’t a replacement for an Evolution PPV. But the all-women card NXT put on at the Maxwell Snyder Armory last night (Dec. 5) was pretty darn exciting nonetheless.
Highlights included the in-ring debut of Shotzi Blackheart, and a six-person tag pitting Rhea Ripley, Candice LeRae & Mia Yim against Dakota Kai, Jessamyn Duke & Marina Shafir that Wrestling Observer’s JJ Williams described as “one of those moments where you could see the next five years of the division in front of you”. The night ended after Shayna Baszler submitting Reina Gonzalez to retain the NXT Women’s title, then being chased off by Ripley when she reapplied the Kirifuda Clutch. The babyface line-up joined The Nightmare in the ring to send the fans home happy.
Here are the full results, and some choice pics and videos posted to social media from the show:
- Kayden Carter def. Deonna Purrazzo via submission with an inverted leg lock
- Vanessa Borne def. Samantha De Martin (fka Indi Hartwell) via pinfall, with help from an exposed turnbuckle
- Io Shairi def. Santana Garrett via submission.
- Taynara Conti & Briana Brandy def. Catalina Garcia & Rita Reis via pinfall (Conti on Garcia after a kick)
- Rhea Ripley, Candice LeRae & Mia Yim def. Dakota Kai, Marina Shafir & Jessamyn Duke via pinfall (Ripley pinned a MMA Horsewomen after RipTide)
- Bianca Belair def. MJ Jenkins via pinfall after K.O.D.
- Karen Q did an in-ring interview about her recovery from a broken leg (she was still wearing a cast). Jessi Kamea showed up to heel, Xia Li came in to stand up for Karen Q), setting up...
- Xia Li def. Jessi Kamea
- Chelsea Green def. Shotzi Blackheart via pinfall following an Unprettier
- Shayna Baszler def. Reina Gonzalez via submission with the Kirifuda Clutch
All Women’s @WWENXT show last night in #NXTJacksonville! Thank you to every single one of you for supporting us. Makes living our dreams that much sweeter!— RheaRipley_WWE (@RheaRipley_WWE) December 6, 2019
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