Tom showed us how Xia Li broke the nose of Aliyah 4 months ago on NXT TV. Back to the ring, Aliyah came out first. This is a qualifying match for the Women’s Ladder Match to crown a new #1 contender to NXT Women’s title. Xia Li’s music hit next but she’s not coming out. Aliyah said time is ticking, let’s go. The camera cut backstage and we saw Li laid out in a hallway, clutching her leg. Li was crying while Aliyah was all smiles in the ring. Hamilton received word from NXT General Manager William Regal. Li was not medically cleared to compete, but someone else is.

However, the music hits and Io Shirai came out for her return. The bell rang and Shirai nailed a dropkick. Shirai took Aliyah to the corner and worked her over. She hit big knees in the corner. Aliyah countered a move and slammed Shirai by her hair. She unloaded with kicks in the corner while the referee warned her. Shirai turned it back around and dropped Aliyah’s back over her knee in the middle of the ring. She climbed to the top and hits the big moonsault for the pin to get the fairly easy win, earning the spot in the Ladder Match.

Result: Io Shirai def. Aliyah

After the match, The Evil Genius of the Sky stood tall. She has joined Chelsea Green, Mia Yim and Tegan Nox in the six-woman Ladder Match.


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