Steel Cage Match for the NXT Women’s Championship
Shayna Baszler vs. Io Shirai
Shirai charges right in, but gets caught with a bunch of strikes by Baszler. Shirai gets sent towards the cage, blocks it, back and forth counters lead to Baszler stretching Shirai out and then stomping her on the back. Baszler looks to walk out, Shirai trips her up and lands a kick. Shirai with a dropkick, kip-up, and falls down for a moment from the damage she’s already sustained. She pops back up and hits a palm strike, Shirai begins climbing the cage, Baszler brings her back down and sends her face first into the cage. One more time, but this time back first.
Baszler cranks Shirai’s neck, sends her into the cage once again, kick to the back, cover, two. Shirai with an inside cradle, two, Baszler up and again sends Shirai into the cage. Baszler shoving Shirai into the cage, punch to the midsection. Baszler looks to walk out, but decides to beat up Shirai some more, cover, two. Baszler tries to send Shirai into the cage again, no luck, Baszler goes into it and Shirai hits two dropkicks, sending the champ into the cage both times. Double knees to the back of Baszler, german suplex with the bridge, two-count.
Double knees in the corner on Baszler. Shirai heads to the top rope, then goes to the top of the cage, Baszler chases after brings her back to the top rope. Baszler looks to choke Shirai out up there and Shirai get dumped down to the mat. Shirai is able to get back up and hit a german suplex on Baszler off the top rope! Shirai heads out to the door, as the referee opens it, both Jessamyn Duke and Marina Shafir run out and hold the ref against the door, so Shirai can’t get out. The door ends up getting kicked, sending the ref down to the ground. Shafir locks the door as Shafir looks to get out. Shirai climbs the cage and meets Shafir at the top. Candice LeRae runs out, sends Duke into the side of the cage, climbs it, and kicks Shafir off the cage.
Duke opens the door, goes in and tries to pull Baszler out through the door. LeRae with a crossbody off the cage down on Duke. Shirai gets on top of the cage and hits a moonsault on Baszler! Both are down now and crawling towards the open door, both are stopping each other from advancing. Shirai is nearly out of the door and Baszler just barely gets her foot. Baszler tries to choke Shirai out, Shirai fights it off. She locks it in again, Shirai is fading, but then slams the door into Baszler’s head over and over. Baszler ends up flopping out of the ring and retains the title. Crowd was very much into that match.
Winner: Shayna Baszler
Post-match, The Horsewomen head out. LeRae checks on Shirai and Shirai attacks her! Shirai then stops herself and looks to leave the ring. She ends up grabbing a chair from under the ring and jabbing it into LeRae’s midsection, then smashing it over her back multiple times. Shirai sets the chair up in the middle of the ring, Shirai yells at LeRae in Japanese, then hits a suplex over the chair. Crowd is stunned and booing Shirai. Shirai heads up the ramp and says “I don’t need friends.” She taunts the crowd some more as she heads to the back.