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⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 𝙇𝙤𝙤𝙠 𝙞𝙣𝙩𝙤 𝙢𝙮 𝙚𝙮𝙚𝙨. ⠀⠀⠀┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈
⠀⠀ Last night, everything turned on its head. Shayna Baszler is someone I expected to hold words of venom over her opponent despite whatever wrestler stepped in front of her.. except her opponent last night was me. The history we share extends to before I came back from injury, before the heartwarming return. When I first looked into her eyes, I saw a predator hellbent on making anyone in their path suffer so long as she kept the NXT Women's Championship. When I first looked into her eyes, I saw pride shifting and running rampant in her curious pupils. When I first looked into her eyes, I saw what I believe to be malicious intent.
What she saw in mine was undeniable fear.
It translated to my wrestling and while I'll attest to the fact that I've always given it my all, let Shayna have full access to living in my head rent free. The mistake I made to fear her aggression and fury is something that I carried on my shoulders for a longer time than I'd like to admit. My prodigal return to NXT meant I had to work harder than I ever did. The thing that shelved me is the very thing that pushed me to work harder, to move faster—to be stronger. I worried too many people out there to not be taken seriously in this industry. As physical as my training had become, it became even more mental. When my body decided to give out, it was my mind that told me I still had something left to put on the table. Placing myself back into the running, back into the sport that took me out in the first place, back into the world of violence, I never felt more alive. I rebuilt myself as a stone cold threat, a dangerous woman, a force not to be reckoned with.
Last night, Shayna and I locked eyes once more. When I looked into her eyes, I saw the disappointment she had to be in the ring with me. When I looked into her eyes, I saw the same pride and smugness I had seen before. When I looked into her eyes, I saw her belief that she would win without a problem… when she looked into mine, she saw someone who dared her to even try. | 1/2.