New Champion Crowned! Kay Lee Ray’s 649-Day Long Championship Reign Comes to an End

Published 06/11/2021, 1:31 AM EDT


A huge title change happened in NXT UK last night (6/10). Meiko Satomura became the first Japanese and non-British female wrestler to hold the NXT UK Women’s Championship after defeating Kay Lee Ray.

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Meiko debuted on the brand in February after WWE announced her as an on-air talent and coach for NXT UK. She replaced Xia Brookside in the women’s gauntlet eliminator match, after an attack on the latter. Meiko won the match and got the title opportunity.

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Meanwhile, Kay Lee Ray will go down as the longest-reigning NXT UK Champion with a reign of 649 days after winning it from Toni Storm back on August 31, 2019, at the “Takeover: Cardiff” event. She was the third person to hold the belt.

Satomura previously faced Ray in March. The match was grueling for both women and the champion even tried to leave the place with the belt.

In their recent fight, both women stole and hit their opponent’s finishers. In the end, Meiko Satomura hit her Scorpio Rising finisher on Kay Lee Ray to end her dominating reign. She became the fourth Superstar to win the NXT UK Women’s Championship.

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Meiko Satomura and Kay Lee Ray reflect on the match

Following the match, WWE caught up with both women to ask how they felt. Both gave an interesting response, with Satomura being overjoyed with the victory.

“It was so very hard match. I did my best. This is highlight in my life,” said ‘The Final Boss.’ “Just so you know, all women superstar be prepared.”

KLR, expectedly heartbroken, was not ready to give up. She pondered upon her ‘mistakes’ in the title reign, but she was happy for the new champion.

“I got cocky. I wanted to do it again, and look what it’s got me,” she said in the backstage interview. “Tonight, Meiko was the better woman. She beat me, but I can’t say that I’m not proud of everything I have done.”

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“You can not tell me that every single one of you was not hungry since I became champion. Tonight, that championship lost me, not the other way around,” Ray concluded.

Ray will have her rematch soon on NXT. Do you think she can capture the title again? Or will Satomura reign supreme? Let us know in the comments below.

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Angana Roy is a WWE and AEW author for EssentiallySports, having published more than 800 professional wrestling articles. She is currently pursuing higher studies in English language and literature from the University of Calcutta and has over three years of experience in journalism. As a life-long fan of the sports entertainment brand of pro-wrestling, her work consists of live coverage of weekly shows, PPVs, speculating the future course of storylines and everything in between.

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