Raquel Gonzalez continues to prove herself as one of the most dominant forces in women’s wrestling. Rounding off the top ten PWI, her presence in and out of the ring reigns supreme in NXT. With the recent loss, what is next for the former NXT Women’s Champion? Although she is not holding the title, let’s reminisce on my top five favorite moments of Raquel.
#5 – Raquel Gonzalez vs Io Shirai / NXT TakeOver: Stand & Deliver
NXT Women’s Championship is on the line and this is might be Shirai’s toughest battle. If Gonzalez wants her hands on that title, she has to finish the reign of Shirai once and for all. Successfully, she completes the mission, beginning her own reign of terror.
#4 – Raquel Gonzalez vs Ember Moon / NXT In Your House 2021
They say in order to be the best you have to beat the best. Getting a win over former NXT Women’s champion, Ember Moon, is one difficult task. Moon herself looks to become the third two-time NXT Women’s champion at the expense of Gonzalez. With so much on the line, the hunger to win gives this match one of Raquel’s greatest victories within her dominating reign.
#3 – Raquel Gonzalez vs Mercedes Martinez / NXT
Talk about a match of strength. These women fight until they have absolutely nothing left. Back and forth, the endurance is pushed and the will to win slightly fades. Martinez displays power in the ring that is just as dominating as Gonzalez, which gives the match a true war of dominance. Through it all, this victory displays the control Gonzalez has over the division and to any opponent that tries to stop her.
#2 – Raquel Gonzalez vs. Dakota Kai / NXT TakeOver 36
This is the feud that everyone was waiting to explode. The build-up, the anticipation, the history. It was time for the student to face the teacher. As soon as Gonzalez won the title, the rumors begin and everyone wants to know: who will turn first? This reminds me so much of what was built between the feud of NXT legends, Sasha Banks and Bayley. The chemistry these two have in the ring gives the fans one of the best feud matches in NXT history.
#1 – Raquel Gonzalez vs. Rhea Ripley / Last Woman Standing
Once close friends, now sworn enemies. Gonzalez and Ripley face off again to see just who really is the most dominating woman in NXT. Gonzalez makes Rhea very aware that backing down is not an option while Rhea plans for success. The final match is a story of power and dominance.
The true tale of who will be deemed to be the leader of the pack. The battle of power lands them in the last woman standing match where the long-lasting rivalry concludes. The win over Rhea certainly came with a price and displays Gonzalez as the head in charge.
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