Bianca Belair became the number 1 contender for the NXT Women’s Championship on the December 26th episode of NXT. That means the potential match of the night was just made for NXT Takeover: Phoenix, along with a new instant classic for a brand known for exceptional matches!
Bianca Belair has been a star waiting to break out in NXT for quite some time now.
She’s been one of the best in-ring performers in the women’s division for most of 2018, along with having developed solid promo work and an overall great gimmick. All Belair has been missing was a chance in the spotlight to shine.
Now, after her number 1 contender’s match on the December 26th edition of NXT, Belair will finally get that chance at NXT Takeover: Phoenix.
Belair defeated Mia Yim, Io Shirai, and the main roster bound Lacey Evans to earn herself an NXT Women’s Championship match against Shayna Baszler at Takeover: Phoenix.
This match finally gives Belair both the platform, and the opponent, to cement herself as a star in WWE.
Shayna Baszler is coming off of a recent match of the year contender against Kairi Sane from Takeover: WarGames II, and has begun to show her true potential as a star herself. Now, as Baszler’s time in NXT undoubtedly winds down, she will face off against a challenger who would be more than capable of carrying NXT’s women’s division herself.
Baszler is simply more than likely to join the main roster at some point in the new year. She now has the other two members of the original Four Horsewomen by her side, meaning its only a matter of time before WWE will want to pull the trigger on bringing her to Raw to finally team with Ronda Rousey.
That means this upcoming match between Baszler and Belair at Takeover now has all the factors at play to make it a potential instant classic.
Baszler has only gotten better and better in the ring over the past year. Her series of matches with Kairi Sane will likely go down as one of the best feuds in NXT history. She’s at the top of her game at the moment, meaning she will be more than capable of putting on a show with an opponent as talented as Belair.
Additionally, Belair will be able to appear as a true contender to actually beat Baszler, given the career trajectory of the ‘Queen of Spades.’ That gives this match an air of unpredictable that will have fans sitting on the edges of their seats at every near fall.
That combination of two competitors performing at such a high level with an air of unpredictability surrounding the outcome of their face-off is what gives this match such a high potential for greatness.
It’s not oftentimes we see a match with such untapped potential in WWE. Shayna Baszler versus Bianca Belair looks to be a match primed to steal the show at NXT Takeover: Phoenix, and in the process, potentially become one of the best matches the brand has ever seen.