Mia Yim was not afraid to trade underhanded tactics with NXT Women’s Champion Shayna Baszler.
However, that would not be enough to dethrone The Submission Magician, who retained her title by showing off a deep arsenal of submission moves.
The NXT Women’s Champion looked to assert her dominance from the opening bell, locking on submissions to torture Yim. However, the challenger would not be deterred, as she fought back against Baszler, eventually trapping the champion’s arm between the steel ring steps and the ring post, using the steps to crush Baszler’s arm.
Though Yim’s attack left her in clear pain, that didn’t stop Baszler from exacting a measure of revenge, wrenching Yim’s arm back and ruthlessly stomping it into the canvas. That move effectively put them on equal ground, each with an injured arm. Yim also gave the champion a taste of her own medicine, pulling hair and gouging eyes to keep this an evenly-contested battle.
Yim fought through everything Baszler threw at her, even as the battle moved to the top rope, where The HBIC sent the champion crashing to the canvas with Code Blue. The challenger continued to target the champion’s arm, relentlessly stomping on it while shouting “This is karma!” Yim then tried to provide Baszler with the ultimate embarrassment, locking on an armbar.
However, Baszler showed exactly why they call her The Submission Magician, quickly twisting out of the hold and ensnaring Yim in the Kirifuda Clutch.
However, with a weakened arm, Baszler could not cinch the hold in tightly, but was able to transition into a leg triangle hold that forced Yim to tap out.
Even with one arm hurt, Baszler showed that there are few competitors as dominant as her. Will anyone be able to dethrone her and take the NXT Women’s Championship?