A luminous path lies ahead for WWE NXT’s rising star, Ava Raine, who celebrated a victorious singles debut.
Simone Johnson, known as Ava, joined WWE’s ranks in 2020 and marked her television premiere as a member of The Schism last year. Carrying forth a four-generation wrestling legacy—tracing back to ‘High Chief’ Peter Maivia, ‘Soulman’ Rocky Johnson, and her father Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson—Ava’s ascent is as impressive as her lineage.
Ava Takes Center Stage While Ava’s presence on WWE NXT broadcasts has been notable, her appearances had predominantly been in tag team scenarios with fellow Schism members.
This dynamic transformed at the latest NXT live event in Tampa, Florida. During the August 19 spectacle, Ava seized her solo spotlight in the squared circle, clinching victory in a singles bout against Ivy Nile.
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Ava’s journey for the night was far from over. She remained at ringside for the main event, witnessing Joe Gacy’s bid to unseat NXT Champion Carmelo Hayes. Despite the spirited collaboration of Gacy and Ava, Hayes ultimately retained his coveted title.
Recap of NXT Results The August 19 NXT live event in Tampa, Florida, brought forth a series of compelling showdowns:
- The match between Ikemen Jiro and Quincy Elliott (w/Olivia) concluded without a victor, interrupted by Bron Breakker’s surprise assault. Trick Williams intervened, setting the stage for the ensuing clash.
- Trick Williams triumphed over Bron Breakker in a hard-fought encounter.
- Kelani Jordan & Dani Palmer secured victory against Blair Davenport & Izzi Dame in a tag team encounter.
- Joe Coffey conquered Andrzej Hughes-Murray in a spirited showdown.
- Hank Walker & Tank Ledger bested Bronco Nima & SCRYPTS (w/Lucien Price), with Axiom rushing to their aid post-match.
- Ava (w/Joe Gacy) emerged triumphant against Ivy Nile in her much-anticipated singles debut.
- Malik Blade & Edris Enofe overcame The Bayou Boys (Beau Morris & Hayden Pittman) in a gripping tag team bout.
- Tiffany Stratton (c) held her ground, defending the WWE NXT Women’s Championship against Valentina Feroz.
- Carmelo Hayes (c) repelled Joe Gacy’s challenge (w/Ava), successfully defending the WWE NXT Championship.