Kairi Sane had Shayna Baszler’s number last September when they met in the finals of the inaugural Mae Young Classic. The Pirate Princess also caused The Queen of Spades to stumble two weeks ago when she thwarted Baszler’s beyond-the-pale assault on NXT Women’s Champion Ember Moon.
Tonight, however, belonged to The Submission Magician. Baszler absorbed Sane’s Sliding D forearm strike, Interceptor and spinning backfist before returning fire with a roundhouse kick. Baszler then snared the spirited Superstar with the Kirifuda Driver into the Kirifuda Clutch, forcing Sane to tap out.
Afterward, Baszler let it be known that she still considers Moon a coward, barking at the NXT announce team that the next time Baszler gets in the ring with the NXT Women’s Champion, she’s leaving with either the title or one of Moon’s limbs.