Tonight saw the second half of the second round matches.
Io Shirai def. Zeuxis
Deonna Purrazzo def. Xia Li
Tegan Nox def. Nicole Matthews
Mia Yim def. Kaitlyn
Io Shirai vs Zeuxis
Io Shirai is incredible. There’s no doubt about that. She gave up a lot of power to Zeuxis though and that was a big factor in the match.
Shirai’s shoulder was hurt after Zeuxis basement dropkicked her off the ring apron to the floor, and from that point on Zeuxis worked on it.
It served Zeuxis well, for a while, stopping Shirai from getting back into it and even trying to finish her off with double knees in the corner. But Io Shirai fought her way back into it and delivered her own double knees in the corner, twice. Zeuxis rolled out of the ring to avoid being pinned.
Shirai’s suicide dive took Zeuxis down, and Shirai got her into the ring but couldn’t keep her down.
Zeuxis missed with a moonsault and got caught with a dropkick to the face. Shirai went up for her own moonsault, but Zeuxis followed her up the turnbuckle to attempt the Spanish Fly. Instead, Shirai brought them down with a hurricanrana from the top turnbuckle. Instead of making a cover, she put Zeuxis in the right position and went to the top to deliver her Asai moonsault for the win.
Deonna Purrazzo vs Xia Li
The experience difference in this match is sizeable. Purrazzo has been wrestling for five years, Li just the one. Li has made incredible progress in the short time she’s been in the ring, but she was outclassed by Purrazzo.
Xia Li did get plenty of offence, her kicks and strikes are, as you’d expect, very good. It’s clear she doesn’t have the depth of some of the more experienced athletes though. It will be interesting to see where she is by next year.
Not the longest match, but very entertaining. Li reversed Purrazzo’s first armbar, midway through the match, but the second time, Purrazzo got it locked in tight. With no hope of escape, Xia Li tapped.
Nicole Matthews vs Tegan Nox
In Nicole Matthews’ promo, she always says she doesn’t care if she hurts her opponents. Her style reflects that, in that she looks like she’s trying to inflict damage rather than just win the match.
That was the story of the first part of the match. Nicole Matthews had apparently promised to beat the hell out of Nox on her way to the quarterfinals, and she set about doing just that.
Nox kept fighting back at every opportunity, but it didn’t really take effect until she delivered a headbutt that had Matthews reeling in the corner. She followed it up a cannonball then hit the shiniest shining wizard for the win.
Mia Yim vs Kaitlyn
These were two women I’d have liked to see go further than the second round. But that’s the nature of elimination tournaments, and you can’t have everything.
Great match to close out the second round. Mia Yim was carrying an injury to her hand from the first round, and it was heavily taped. She was using it fine, but it was obviously a bother.
Kaitlyn started hard and fast. After a prolonged body-scissors to wear Yim down, Kaitlyn followed up with a kick and Mia Yim took a breather on the outside. Kaitlyn tried to stay on her with a baseball slide, but Yim dodged her and slammed Kaitlyn’s hamstring against the apron.
Mia Yim took control then until she punched down at Kaitlyn, who moved her head so Yim punched the mat with her bad hand. Kaitlyn flipped them over and started manipulating the injured hand, but Yim wouldn’t tap.
Three slams in a row still weren’t enough to keep Mia Yim down. Kaitlyn kicked out of the Seoul Food. Yim kicked out of a huge spear.
Finally, after struggling for the ropes and failing to reach them, Kaitlyn tapped out to a kneebar.
The Quarter Final matches are now set
- Io Shirai vs Deonna Purrazzo
- Maiko Satomura vs Lacey Lane
- Rhea Ripley vs Tegan Nox
- Toni Storm vs Mia Yim
That’s a decent lineup. Whichever combination of competitors moves into the semis, we should be looking at some great matches.