Ember Moon had her first successful defense of the NXT Women’s Championship this Wednesday night, defeating current WWE main roster superstar Sonya Deville. Episodes of WWE NXT are taped well in advance (generally up to four weeks) at Full Sail University in Orlando, and since the taping for this match Deville has of course gone on to make her debut on the WWE Raw brand as a member of Paige’s Absolution faction.
Crafty maneuver by @SonyaDevilleWWE puts her in control… #WWENXT pic.twitter.com/cNdsSxds9N
— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) December 28, 2017
After the match, the Pirate Princess herself Kairi Sane made her presence felt, issuing a very clear challenge for Ember Moon’s title. Before either woman could go any further, the party was interrupted by a debuting Shayna Baszler! The former MMA star and Mae Young Classic runner-up made an immediate statement, catching Kairi in a choke hold and putting her to sleep within seconds. Baszler then set her eyes on the NXT Women’s Championship as well, as Ember Moon stood tall from the ring ready to take on any and all comers.
It will be interesting where they go from here, with NXT Takeover: Philadelphia looming in the background just four weeks away. We could be looking at a triple threat for the title, although there is definitely unresolved issues between the debuting Baszler and Kairi Sane, who beat her in the finals of the Mae Young Classic earlier this year. Clearly that loss was not forgotten by the “Queen of Spades”.
OH MY GOODNESS! @QoSBaszler just showed up to make a STATEMENT to both @KairiSaneWWE AND #WWENXT #WomensChampion @WWEEmberMoon! pic.twitter.com/FQfjtiseME
— WWE (@WWE) December 28, 2017