On the latest episode of WWE NXT on Tuesday night, the WWE Universe tuned in to who would win in the bout revolving around Dakota Kai versus Mercedes Martinez. Fans were not disappointed, although as in indicative of a singles match, there could only be one winner. While one NXT Superstar was indeed the winner, much to the chagrin of the other, the winner was certainly not in a celebrating position for very long. As the fallout from NXT Takeover: Stand and Deliver is felt within the ranks of NXT, its equally clear that the new NXT Women's Champion Raquel Gonzalez did not look too kindly on the eyes envying her Championship belt.
As I predicted based on being on show with these two ladies, I knew that Dakota Kai versus Mercedes Martinez was going to be good! Their in ring chemistry was great as were the meshing of their different styles. Both ladies are no strangers to each other with their strengths and weaknesses known. This knowledge making the match that more in depth as the veteran competitor Mercedes Martinez went one on one with one half of the inaugural NXT Women's Tag Team Champions Dakota Kai. With Kai being BFF's with the current NXT Women's Champion, there was a distinct edge in favor of Kai that bellied the fierce veteran knowledge of the Latina Sensation - Mercedes Martinez.
In the end the NXT referee officiating the match had no choice but to throw the match with a disqualification in favor of Mercedes Martinez after the NXT Women's Champion went on a route that was eerily similar to the route taken by the Raw Women's Champion during the Asuka versus Charlotte Flair bout. After all was said and done, Martinez effectively gave Raquel a piece of her mind during Raquel's initial interference that was missed by a distracted referee thanks to the expertly timed dynamic of Dakota Kai and Raquel. Being none-the-wiser, the NXT referee continued and Martinez went straight back to work on Dakota Kai. Just as it looked like Mercedes Martinez would get the big W on Kai, Raquel snapped and went straight for Martinez in the ring resulting in the aforementioned DQ.
The onslaught carried out by the NXT Women's Champion onto Martinez was brutal. Dakota Kai enjoyed every minute of the pain inflicked in the two on one exchange and the dominance of her BFF on full display as a warning to the rest of the NXT Women's Division. Despite the DQ loss, Dakota Kai left the NXT that night sitting much prettier so to speak than Martinez who clearly had Kai's number. The violent actions of Raquel Gonzalez as the new NXT Women's Champion shows the intent with which she plans to hold onto the belt and her means justify every challengers end. The second generation wrestler let everyone know that Martinez's message was indeed received and that Raquel had one of her own and chose to deliver it with actions that were as violent as the vehemence behind her aptly chosen words. It's safe to say that step one of Martinez's two pronged approach to becoming the NXT Women's Champion while got the W, didn't go according to plan. She wanted Raquel's attention and she certainly got it. While Vic Joseph said, "The Women's Division goes through Raquel and Dakota Kai," I think that they've drastically underestimated the will and fortitude of Mercedes Martinez. An oversight that could be deadly… Let us know your thoughts!
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