2020 has been an interesting year for Mercedes Martinez. She signed with NXT, got shot to the top as a potential star, had an excellent cage match with Rhea Ripley and vanished. Meant to be a member of Retribution, she instead slipped back to NXT and laid dormant for a while.
Last week, she would attack NXT Women’s Champion Io Shirai, making her next move clear. But first, she has an exhibition match with Valentina Forez to take care of.
Valentina Forez Didn’t Stand A Chance
After destroying Io Shirai, Forez didn’t stand much of a chance of winning in this one. She went for an arm drag, but was shut down and just thrown into the mat. A heavy forearm smash followed Forez being choked on the ropes. Forez hopped on the back of Martinez for a choke, but was driven into the corner.
Martinez sent her victim off the ropes and nailed a big spinebuster, before mouthing off. Forez tried for a pinfall, but was picked up and thrown across the ring. One Air Raid Crash later, and this match was over.
It’s been a while since we’ve seen a squash match like this in the NXT Women’s Division, with it bringing flashbacks to the likes of Asuka and Shayna Baszler.
Mercedes Martinez Has Put Io Shirai On Notice
With 2020 coming to an end, it’s time for Io Shirai to start another year of proving she’s the best of the best in NXT. After finally winning the NXT Women’s Championship at NXT Takeover: In Your House, Shirai has gladly faced any challenge. Despite this, she’s never met anyone quite like Mercedes Martinez.
Martinez already ambushed Shirai last week and put her through a table, showing absolutely no fear of this great champion in the process. She’s been waiting for her moment to make her splash in a major company, and after some speed bumps to her career? It’s time to get back on track.
Will Mercedes Martinez be our next NXT Women’s Champion? Let us know what you think in the comment section down below.
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