Kay Lee Ray vs. Mia Yim
Yim caught Ray with a shotgun dropkick just after the bell. She later hit a nice albeit slow-motion hurracanrana on Ray moments later. A few fans started chanting for Yim, which then led to for a slightly louder chant for Ray.
Ray countered and used a tornado DDT off the turnbuckles. She walloped Yim with a hard chop that the crowd sounded impressed by. When Ray missed a swanton bomb from the top, both sold for a couple moments before Yim launched into her counter-attack sequence. She used a nice modified swinging DDT using the bottom rope as a springboard, then used some jabs on Ray before landing a tope suicida on the floor. Ray responded with an impressive running springboard somersault senton to the floor.
Ray used Eat Defeat, Yim’s finish, for a two-count. Yim responded with a Liger Bomb, and later a Canadian Destroyer, both for two. When Yim went for an O’Connor Roll, Kay Lee Ray reversed the pin and pulled on Yim’s jeans plus used the ropes for leverage to secure the win.
Winner: Kay Lee Ray
Thoughts: I really enjoyed it, they impressed considering it was a pre-show match without much build. The match was physical, fast-paced and the crowd enjoyed it. Had it been given more time and storyline it would’ve been amazing.
Throughout the night, many female Superstars appeared in the crowd, including Mercedes Martinez, Chelsea Green, Dakota Kai, Tegan Nox, Mia Yim, and Bianca Belair.
Before the announcers could begin to introduce her, Kai was ambushed by Tegan Nox, Kai’s ex-best friend and tag partner. Security broke things up while the crowd chanted “let them fight!”
NXT Women’s Championship: Rhea Ripley (c) vs. Toni Storm
Technical brawling from the start in this one. Deliberate pace with hard strikes and short power moves early on. Storm suplexed Ripley into the bottom turnbuckle, which saw Ripley roll to the floor to recover from. Back in the ring, Storm used an STF where she figure-foured Ripley’s legs.
Storm worked Ripley over for a bit longer until Ripley powered out with strikes and kicks. Storm reveresed the Riptide into a pinning attempt and got two. She landed a German suplex with a bridge for two. The crowd sounded tired midway through this and were pretty quiet. When Storm missed a frog splash, Ripley used the Riptide slam to win.
Winner: Rhea Ripley (c)
Thoughts: This was not impressive at all. It was a serviceable match, but considering it was a championship match, it should’ve been way better and longer. The crowd wasn’t into it and they seemed to be going through the motions. The finish was out of nowhere, without the build-up.