The final of WWE’s first ever all female tournament took place on the WWE Network last night and saw a huge upset as Kairi Sane managed to defeat UFC star Shayna Baszler with Ronda Rousey at ringside cheering on her fellow Four Horsewoman.
Triple H later announced that this win puts Kairi Sane into the NXT Women’s Championship match at NXT Takeover: Houston in November. NXT looks to crown a new champion in a fatal four-way match following Asuka’s departure from the company.
Kairi’s win was considered a major upset last night, given that there have been a number of hints that a Four Horsewomen vs Four Horsewomen match could be happening in the future. Sportskeeda is reporting that the winner was changed at the last minute by Vince McMahon because Sane has already been signed to a WWE deal, but Baszler has not.
McMahon wasn’t present for the original tease of a match between Rousey and WWE’s former NXT trio of Charlotte, Becky Lynch, and Bayley, but he was present last night and decided to nix any more hints of a match that there weren’t actually any plans for.
It seems that WWE isn’t even in negotiations with Rousey about the potential match and the fact that Baszler is yet to sign a deal means that the company is obviously not pushing very hard for the match.
Sane will be able to fit in well on the NXT roster moving forward and it seems that she was the safe option for the company to be able to move straight into a storyline as part of the NXT brand.