There is a lot of history between Shotzi Blackheart & Candice LeRae, and tonight they will meet in a match that determines more history. Blackheart is backed up by Ember Moon, LeRae by Indi Hartwell. The winner tonight gets to go to NXT Takeover to face Raquel Gonzalez & Dakota Kai to become the first ever Women’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic winner. It’s only fitting that these teams meet in the semi-finals, and tonight could be the end of their issues.
Indi Hartwell & Candice LeRae Do Things Their Way
This match started during the commercial break, and Blackheart would be in control of LeRae after a senton. Some big knee strikes to the head sent LeRae into the corner where Moon got in on the fun with some shoulder thrusts. When Blackheart tagged back in, LeRae lunged across the ring for a tag.
Hartwell took control of Blackheart with a big sidewalk slam, getting a near fall. With Blackheart down, LeRae gladly tagged back in, and applied an armbar to keep her grounded. Hartwell tagged back in to use her power, nailing a back elbow to the face of Blackheart, and taking some time to mock Moon.
LeRae was back in, and hit a Sole Food, but to the arm instead of the face, before applying another armbar. Blackheart was desperate for a tag, andLeRae was getting frustrated and left an opening. Moon was able to come in with some big strikes, sending LeRae into a tag with a front dropkick.
Hartwell was hit with a neckbreaker into a diving codebreaker combo from Blackheart & Moon, but was able to stay in the fight. Moon & Blackheart were sent to the outside, with LeRae sending Moon off the apron onto Blackheart.
Ember Moon & Shotzi Blackheart Show Some Serious Chemistry
Back in the ring, Hartwell would grind down Moon with submissions, and LeRae tagged in to ensure they remained fresh. Moon wasn’t going to lose though, and sent Hartwell over the top rope to make the tag. Blackheart came in alongside LeRae, and nailed a modified GTS before hitting the senton to the back as LeRae went to the middle rope.
Moon hit a modified codebreaker, before Blackheart hit the reverse slingblade on LeRae, before Hartwell took Moon out from behind. She draped Moon across the rope and let LeRae go for the moonsault, crushing Moon down before diving to the outside.
Moon would once again be able to break free from isolation to tag in Blackheart, who was dropped with two quick kicks. Wicked Stepsister from LeRae & a springboard elbow drop from Hartwell got a near fall, with Moon breaking the pin up.
Blackheart would go up top, while Moon hit the Eclipse on LeRae. LeRae fell in position for the senton, and Hartwell took the bullet for her mentor. However, Hartwell was legal, and Blackheart got the pin to end this match.
At NXT Takeover: Vengeance Day, it will be Shotzi Blackheart & Ember Moon vs. Dakota Kai & Raquel Gonzalez! Regal confirmed the winner also gets a shot at the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships. Who will win? Let us know what you think in the comment section down below.
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