At NXT Takeover: Stand & Deliver, we know the main event of Night One. It’ll be Io Shirai vs. Raquel Gonzalez for the NXT Women’s Championship. We get a preview of this tonight, as Shirai teams with promising rookie Zoey Stark to take on the former NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions, Dakota Kai & Raquel Gonzalez in tag team action to kick off tonight’s action. Stark unsuccessfully faced Kai recently on NXT, and knows what to expect tonight!
Zoey Stark Shows No Fear
Stark would start this match with Gonazalez, and be unphased as she was shoved into the corner. Gonzalez applied an armlock on Stark, and put her power to good use to wrench it down. Stark was able to flip around to get wrist control and hit some kicks, before going for a running hurricanrana, sending Gonzalez to the corner.
A running knee strike under the jaw of Gonzalez didn’t do much, as she shrugged it off and hit a lariat. Kai tagged in, and started mouthing off and got the taste slapped out of her mouth. Stark drove Kai into the corner and tagged Shirai in. Shirai nailed a scoop slam before dodging a pump kick.
Kai was sent into the corner and hit with the double knee strike, but Gonzalez ran a distraction which allowed Kai to get some pin attempts. Shirai kept kicking out, before sending Kai throat first into the second rope. Stark tagged in and hit a running uppercut on Kai for a two count.
Raquel Gonzalez Flaunts Her Power
Kai slipped off the shoulders of Stark to get a tag to Gonzalez. Stark once again was ready for this challenge, and threw kicks to try and chop Gonzalez down. This wasn’t enough, as Gonzalez just lifted Stark up and tagged in Kai. A double team Go To Kick got a near fall, before we’d go into a commercial break.
Throughout the break, Kai & Gonzalez kept the pressure on Stark, and kept her far away from a tag. Gonzalez got a near fall off a running powerslam, before setting up her version of the Gory Special. Stark countered into a pinfall attempt, before hitting an enziguri and making a tag to Shirai.
Shirai would be able to take on both opponents, rolling Gonzalez up for a double stomp before hitting a missile dropkick. Stark got a tag in, before hitting a dropkick of her own. Gonzalez was sent outside and hit with a dive, before Shirai came off the top rope with a moonsault.
Stark went up top for the 450 Splash, Gonzalez dodged and caught a pump kick into her one arm powerbomb. A second powerbomb after taking out Shirai brought the end. Gonzalez stood tall over the NXT Women’s Champion tonight, but will this be the case at Takeover? Let us know what you think in the comment section down below.
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