Paige and Emma had the stage to showcase their talents, and they did not disappoint. As part of NXT‘s ArRIVAL live show on the new WWE Network, the Briton made the Australian tap out with a Scorpion Crosslock to retain the NXT Women’s Championship.
After going for their respective finishers early and seeing their efforts thwarted, the action swayed back and forth with Paige nailing her big knees with Emma draped in the ropes, while the challenger responded with the Dil-Emma and the Emma Sandwich before the titleholder could respond with a surfboard submission attempt. Taking to the ropes, the champion attempted a superplex but it was countered into a sunset power bomb by Emma for a tantalising near-fall, leading to an amusing “Better than Batista” chant while Paige got a long two count of her own with her Paige Turner finisher before locking in the Scorpion Crosslock – which you can see to your right – for the submission victory.
Considering the crowd’s response to the match and its position on this much-hyped event, it is fair to say that the match and the women involved in it delivered. Given the chance to wrestle instead of having angles or run-ins, it showcased their talents and also gave new NXT viewers an insight into both the happy dancing newcomer who has been appearing on Raw and SmackDown, as well as the Women’s Champion – who made a successful return to the ring after three months away from the ring.
You can see a few screen grabs of the show below, courtesy of Dave Muscarella and Leah Von Dutch.
– Lee Burton