Io Shirai came out first. Kayden Carter was out next. The bell rang, and Carter charged while fans chanted for The Genius of the Sky. They went back and forth with counters and pin attempts for a few minutes. Carter hit a big dropkick to send Shirai out for a breather. She tried for a kick from the apron, but Shirai sent her into the apron. So, fans did duelling chants as they brought it back in.
Shirai hit a springboard dropkick from the apron for a close pin attempt. Carter ended up sweeping the leg out and going for the pin, but Shirai kept fighting. She kicked Shirai in the face for a two count. She delivered a huge German suplex for a pop. Shirai kept control and hit a big moonsault for the pin to win. After the match, The Genius of the Sky stood tall. Shirai took the mic while fans cheered for her. They chanted her name.
Shirai said it’s not Rhea Ripley, it’s not Bianca Belair, it’s not NXT Women’s Champion Shayna Baszler, it’s all about Io. However, the music interrupted and Ripley came to the ring. Rhea entered the ring and faced off with Shirai in the middle. Fans chanted Rhea’s name. Shirai went to speak, but Rhea snatched the mic from her hand. Rhea said last week Belair ran her mouth, and next week Rhea gets to put her back in her place, but if Shirai ever puts Rhea’s name in her mouth again, she has no problem shutting Shirai up.
Fans chanted “fight!” as they faced off. Therefore, Shirai smiled and backed off, talking trash. Rhea tossed the mic and stared her down. Fans continued chanting Rhea’s name while Shirai made her exit from the ring, still talking trash.
Tegan Nox returned from injury to take on with Taynara Conti
Taynara Conti came out first. Tegan Nox was out next. Fans gave her a big pop for her return to action. The bell rang, and they went at it. Nox rolled Conti an early two count. Taynara tried to mount an offense. Nox hit a nice dropkick for a two count. Taynara ended up going behind and connecting with a big kick to send Nox out of the ring. She followed and brought it back into the ring while the referee counted.
Taynara delivered more aggressive offence and a two count. Nox looked to mount offense, but Taynara shut her down. She nailed Conti with a big uppercut and kept the offence going. Nox hit a chokeslam and a running elbow into the corner. She delivered a Senton in the corner. Nox climbed to the top and hit a big Crossbody. She followed up with the Shiniest Wizard for the pin to win.
After the match, The Girl with The Shiniest Wizard stood tall while her music hit. Besides, Cathy Kelley was at ringside with Nox. Her Team Kick partner Dakota Kai came down to hug her. Cathy asked a question, but the music interrupted, and NXT Women’s Champion Shayna Baszler came out with Marina Shafir and Jessamyn Duke. Baszler asked if Nox wants to throw her name into the hat and she does.
She asked if that’s a good idea. Baszler said she should ask Dakota what it’s like to be in the ring with her. She told Nox is running out of limbs to rehab while Nox and Kai talked trash. Baszler said Nox isn’t even worthy of a title shot and should call her when she’s done something.