The finals of the first ever Women’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic opened the show at TakeOver: Vengeance Day on Sun., Feb. 14. With a spot in the history books, and a WWE Women’s Tag Team championship shot on the line, the power of Raquel González gave her and teammate Dakota Kai an early advantage.
Shotzi Blackheart & Ember Moon are the newer of the two teams in the finals, but it was their teamwork which allowed them to put Kai in peril and keep the big Texan out of the match.
.@DakotaKai_WWE has officially been welcomed to the FIREPIT! #NXTTakeOver #DustyClassic @ShotziWWE @WWEEmberMoon pic.twitter.com/QX3zq0PQ92— WWE NXT (@WWENXT) February 15, 2021
The babyfaces targeted Dakota’s leg, but weren’t able to put the Kiwi away. When she sent Moon into the turnbuckles and got free for a tag, they were in trouble. Blackheart got the worst of it when González caught her rana off the apron and powerbombed her into the Capital Wrestling Center barricade.
RAQUEL'S ON A RAMPAGE #NXTTakeOver #DustyClassic @ShotziWWE @RaquelWWE pic.twitter.com/nkvKHGxDXH— WWE (@WWE) February 15, 2021
A malfunction at the junction created an opening for Moon to hit her Eclipse finisher on Raquel, but a distraction by Kai saved her partner. Shotzi recovered and hit big moves, including Sliced Bread on González and a suicide dive on Kai.
Just when you think you've seen everything from @ShotziWWE, she changes the whole game! #NXTTakeOver #DustyClassic @WWEEmberMoon @DakotaKai_WWE pic.twitter.com/64ly3CN8vq— WWE (@WWE) February 15, 2021
Blackheart & Moon delivered an array of tandem moves on both their opponents, but couldn’t keep Raquel down.
The end eventually came after González threw Moon off the ramp...
This, and we can't stress this enough, to hurt! #NXTTakeOver #DustyClassic @WWEEmberMoon @RaquelWWE pic.twitter.com/G7ZosELoDn— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) February 15, 2021
...slammed Kai onto Blackheart and chokeslammed her to hell.
Look out, Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler. No one’s been able to stop Raquel González, and I don’t like your chances, either.
For a complete rundown of everything that happened during TakeOver: Vengeance Day on Valentine’s Day, head to our live blog here.