Her run as NXT Women's Champion is over, but Shayna Bazler was excellent until the very end, putting the fast-rising Rhea Ripley over in a banger Full Sail University main event that owed as much to 'The Queen of Spades' and her exemplary reign as it did the new champ's cathartic victory.
A triumph like that doesn't work if the babyface isn't ending a monster run. In besting Baszler, Ripley not only overcame one of the most protected wrestlers in the entire company, but a bad*ss end of level boss who has tightened her act's every loose nut and bolt since walking into Full Sail University, and stands today as one of the most complete heels on the planet.
Shayna's wrestling character is informed by her mixed martial arts credibility. She projects menace like no one else in her division, comes off like a complete prick bully in everything she does, and works the gimmick exceptionally well between the ropes. Hers is a realistic, bruising style that simulates legitimate combat without compromising pro-wrestling's inherent showmanship and today, as 2020 awakens, she is better than she has ever been.
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