Io Shirai and Zoey Stark Become New NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions at Great American Bash!

Published 07/06/2021, 10:14 PM EDT


The NXT Women’s Division is one of the most stacked in the entire world of pro wrestling. The division has many talented women such as Io Shirai, Toni Storm, and more that they have their separate Women’s Tag Team Championship. And just in a short span of time, there have been multiple teams who’ve held the championship.

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Last week, the unlikely duo of Io Shirai and Zoey Stark won a Triple Threat tag team match. Their win earned them a NXT Women’s Tag Team Championship match against Candice LeRae and Indi Hartwell of The Way this week on NXT: Great American Bash.

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Io Shirai and Zoey Stark make history at WWE NXT Great American Bash

Indi Hartwell and Io Shirai kicked off the match, and the ‘Genius of the Sky’ looked to quickly get the upper hand. She got the bigger Hartwell down with a series of offensive moves. However, the ‘Wicked Step Sister’ bounced back and took control of Shirai. Indi tagged in Candice as the two continued to work on Io.

The double team momentum didn’t last long as the former NXT Women’s Champion made a strong comeback. She then tagged in Zoey Stark and the two showed an impressive feat of strength and teamwork. How? Well, they delivered a picture-perfect double vertical suplex.


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Zoey Stark and Io Shirai’s team had the upper hand, but things changed when Shirai missed a moonsault on Candice LeRae. The champions then gained control of the match. In fact, both Stark and Shirai were caught in tandem submission moves; Io Shirai in the Garga-No Escape and Zoey Stark in the Silencer.

Luckily, the ‘Genius of the Sky‘ reversed the Garga-No Escape into a roll-up, thus breaking the hold. However, The Way were quick to get back on the winning front until something really weird happened. Just as The Way were about to put down Io Shirai, the lights went off and the battery turned green and completed 100%.

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The lights slowly came on and Tegan Nox stood at the entrance ramp with Candice LeRae looking on in absolute shock. Nox set her sights on LeRae with Hartwell left alone in the ring. This allowed Zoey Stark to hit the 360 on Indi Hartwell to win the NXT Women’s Championship for herself and Shirai!

Are you happy to see Io Shirai and Zoey Stark as the new NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions? Let us know in the comments below!

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Ishan Chavan is a WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports. Being a Journalism graduate, Ishan has over six years of experience in the Media Production Industry, having worked with Viacom 18's streaming platform, Voot. A wrestling fan since childhood, Ishan's favorite wrestlers are Daniel Bryan, AJ Styles, and Chris Jericho as he feels these three have the perfect blend of wrestling and promo skills, especially Jericho.

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