Shayna Baszler has retained the NXT Women’s Championship by defeating Io Shirai at NXT TakeOver: XXV (25) at Bridgeport.
Shayna Baszler has completed 200+ days in her second reign as the NXT Women’s Champion and during that time, she has terrorized the Women’s Locker room alongside the fellow Horsewomen Jessamyn Duke and Marina Shafir. Io Shirai is the only one who was able to stand up to them during these beatdowns. The first time was prior to Takeover: New York and then while making the save on Kairi Sane in her last NXT match. She did not even let them breathe in the Performance Center with her continuous interruptions during their training
Baszler starts with a takedown which irates Shirai. She sets up to stomp on Shirai’s elbow but the Shirai counters and slaps her in the back. Shirai goes to the top rope and Shayna yanks her down to the mat. Baszler stops a move from the top and hits the wristlock twisted stomp before starting to work on Shirai’s arm. Shirai fights out, only to run into a lariat. Shayna twists the arm once more and hits the stomp on the arm. Snap suplex is followed by a standing elbow drop before another arm lock. Shirai gets up but Baszler counters the German Suplex attempt by striking on the arm.
Third arm stomp is followed by a penalty kick. Shirai finally hits the German suplex and starts striking with the double ax handle. A 61 and missile dropkick gets her a near-fall. Baszler hits a forearm before Shirai locks in the crossface. Baszler uses her power and slams Shirai to the floor. Shirai hits an overhead kick, a springboard dropkick and a moonsault in succession. Another missile dropkick and hip attack give an upper hand to Shirai. But just as she was going for another moonsault, Duke and Shafir enter the ringside. They could not get into the ring as Candice Le Rae follows them and unloads with a kendo stick.
Shayna almost locks in her finisher but Shirai counters with a palm strike to the face. She counters the hold again and nails a kick to the face. Baszler counters a roll-up and locks in the Kirifuda Clutch. Shirai fights as hard as she can to make it to the ropes as Baszler locks in the hold even deeper. It is finally forced to tap out.
Winner- Shanya Baszler
After the match, Io Shirai hits Baszler on the back with a kendo stick. She hits a picture perfect moonsault and asks Candice LeRae to give her a steel chair. She places it on her chest and hits another moonsault with the steel chair.