NXT Results – March 25, 2020 (Io Shirai Returns)

Aliyah was set to face Xia Li in a grudge match that was also a qualifier for an upcoming ladder match. Aliyah came out for the match, and Li was a no-show. Cut to backstage where Li was attacked by a mystery assailant. She was crying and clutching at her knee. Li wasn’t ready for the match. Aliyah demanded the victory but was informed that someone else was cleared and it was Io Shirai.

Aliyah vs. Io Shirai

Shirai started the match with a running dropkick that sent Aliyah into the corner. She pressed her feet against her opponent’s face before driving her knees into Aliyah’s chest. Aliyah countered a tiger driver with a neckbreaker, but Shirai would get back on top after countering an arm drag. Following the double underhook backbreaker, Shirai hit her moonsault for the win.

Winner: Io Shirai

Candice LeRae vs. Kayden Carter

Candice LeRae seemed to be in control at the beginning of the match, but Kayden Carter was able to wrestle her back to a stalemate. Carter rolled LeRae up with a series of pin attempts before leveling her with a boot to the jaw. LeRae continued to kick out.

In the corner, LeRae avoided a body attack before dropping Carter with a snapmare into a rolling neckbreaker. LeRae’s step-up senton was avoided, though, as Carter began to pick up some steam. A series of strikes ended with a superkick to the jaw.

In the ropes, a running face wash nearly knocked LeRae out cold. LeRae fought back to her feet and battered Carter with chops and elbows. Carter avoided the Garga-No Escape but was hit with the step-up senton. La Quebrada was avoided as well, but Carter would ultimately get caught in the Garga-No Escape.

Winner: Candice LeRae

Next Week: Xia Li, Shotzi Blackheart, Dakota Kai, Deonna Purrazzo and Kayden Carter face off in a second chance Gauntlet match.

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