Nia Jax made her WWE pay-per-view debut in impressive fashion Sunday at Clash of Champions, as she decisively defeated Alicia Fox.
WWE shared a video clip of Jax's Samoan Drop finisher:
A MASSIVE Samoan Drop by @NiaJaxWWE gives her the victory over @AliciaFoxy! #WWEClash #Kickoff https://t.co/VgvvlOuQaG2016-9-25 23:49:43
Mike Killiam of WrestleZone.com provided his take on Jax's new finishing move:
After getting drafted to Raw, Jax showcased her dominance on a weekly basis as part of the red brand by dominating local enhancement talent and displaying her pure strength and power.
Fox became the first main-roster competitor to step up to Jax, however, after the former NXT standout destroyed one of Foxy's friends.
That led to the one-time Divas champion flipping out on Jax backstage, including throwing a tissue box in her face.
The Rock's cousin didn't take kindly to that, as rather than having a bout against Fox on Raw, she drove her through a barrier, which set the stage for their grudge match at Clash of Champions.
Fox showed great fight and determination in agreeing to a match against Jax despite the obvious size disadvantage, but Nia vowed to make her pay:
Nia Jax @NiaJaxWWE
Someone didn't learn their lesson the last time. Well I'll make sure she gets the message at #ClashOfChampions 😈 https://t.co/SflRgAPMWQ2016-9-20 16:39:02
Although Fox was well aware of the huge challenge that awaited her, she also realized it was a great opportunity to make herself a player in Raw's revamped women's division:
Lady Fox @AliciaFoxy
The higher the climb... The SWEETER the DEFEAT🍦✨ ALL CHALLENGES WELCOME 😽✌🏾️ https://t.co/VlzIOpoHBc2016-9-20 03:41:47
Ever since Sasha Banks, Charlotte and Becky Lynch got called up to the main roster last year, Fox became something of an afterthought. That became even truer when the brand split led to the likes of Alexa Bliss, Carmella and Bayley making the leap from NXT as well.
While Fox has been part of the main roster for years, her opportunities to be featured in meaningful angles have been few and far between, which is why her rivalry with Jax stood out as a chance to return to the spotlight.
Even so, Fox entered Clash of Champions as a massive underdog due to the notion that the match was set up to be a stepping stone for Jax rather than a story of redemption for Fox.
That proved to be the case, as Jax picked up her first win of significance on the main roster and potentially established herself as a threat to go after the Raw Women's Championship in the near future.
Jax is a supremely talented competitor with great bloodlines, and the fact she stands out due to her look and style suggest she will be given plenty of chances to be an impact player in the women's division.
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