At NXT Takeover: Vengeance Day, Toni Storm failed to win the NXT Women’s Championship, but it wasn’t her who took the fall. Io Shirai pinned Mercedes Martinez to retain her championship, not Toni Storm. Because of this, Storm called out Shirai for a one on one title defense, and seeing as Shirai is a fighting champion always looking to face the best? She accepted. Storm has a nearly perfect record over Shirai, with three wins and two draws. Shirai looks to correct that tonight.
Toni Storm Brings Early Aggression
Storm & Shirai locked horns to start this match, with Storm shoving Shirai to the ropes before slapping her across the face. Shirai would lose her head and take Storm down for some brawling, before being sent to the outside. Storm went for a dive to follow, but took a forearm smash, before Shirai vaulted over the ropes with a foot stomp.
Shirai dodged a big boot from Storm, and nailed a low dropkick, before sending her into the corner. Storm would break free of the corner, before being put into the Abdominal Stretch in the middle of the ring. Shirai would let Storm go, sending her to the outside before looking for the Asai Moonsault. Storm had this scouted, pulling her down to the apron and throwing her into the steel steps.
Back in the ring, Storm would press her avantage by throwing Shirai around the ring and applying a neck crank. Some stomps to the back would brutalize Shirai, but not keep her down. Shirai hit a flapjack, sending Storm to the middle rope, perfect position for the 619. Storm would next be hit with the swan dive dropkick, and Shirai wanted to close it out with a moonsault.
Io Shirai Brought Her A+ Game Tonight
This was well scouted, and Storm took Shirai off the top rope with a Superplex, but was unable to move into the pinfall due to a rough landing. Storm would get a pinfall off a German Suplex, bridging into one for a two count. Shirai fired back with some more strikes, and dodged a lariat with a matrix style dodge, only for Storm to drop an elbow on her.
Storm would take this one to the apron, and look for Storm Zero, only to be back dropped onto the apron herself. Shirai came off the top rope with a moonsault, wiping her challenger out. She could have taken a count out, but sent Storm into the ring for a moonsault. Storm would take advantage and drop Shirai with a powerbomb. Another attempt at Storm Zero would be met with some wild palm strikes, and an attempt at a crossface.
Storm made it to the ropes, but the damage was done. She fled to the corner, where Shirai crashed in with the Bullet Train knee strike. Moonsault was next, but Storm dodged and nailed Storm Zero! Shirai somehow kicked out at two! Storm goes up top for a diving headbutt, lands into a crossface, and is forced to tap out.
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