Posted on 4/08/121 by Colin Vassallo
Io Shirai’s 304-day reign as NXT Women’s champion came to a
screeching halt last night on the first night of Takeover:
Stand & Deliver as Raquel Gonzalez defeated her in the main
event to take the crown.
The 30-year-old Texan, who has been signed to a WWE deal
since 2016, is enjoying her best year with the promotion and
her association with Dakota Kai lifted her stock and got
more screen time over the past 12 months than ever before.
Gonzalez was also the one who beat Shirai at WarGames last
year, winning the match for her team which also included
Candice LaRae, Dakota Kai, and Toni Storm.
This is Gonzalez’s second title in NXT after a few weeks ago
she was awarded the NXT Women’s Tag Team championship along
with Kai after they won the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic
tournament. Their reign lasted under two hours though as
later in the broadcast they lost them to Blackheart and
MSK also won the vacant NXT Tag Team titles last night,
beating the Grizzled Young Veterans and Legado Del Fantasma
in a triple threat tag team match.
MSK won the Dusty Classic this year but unfortunately never
got their shot at the titles as Wes Lee suffered a broken
hand and was unable to compete. Last night’s match was their
first one since the tournament finals.
The duo of Wes Lee and Nash Carter, formerly known as The
Rascalz in Impact Wrestling, have been with WWE since the
beginning of 2021.