At last night’s NXT Live Event in Venice, Florida, Welsh indie star Nixon Newell finally made her heavily anticipated NXT debut, teaming with Dakota Kai to face Vanessa Borne & Reina Gonzalez. Billed as Steffanie Newell (her real name), it marked almost one year to the date that Newell last performed. One of the early favourites to win the inaugural Mae Young Classic last year when she was an early announcement, a torn ACL sustained shortly after her arrival at the WWE Performance Center last June put her on the shelf for ten months. Her last match was April 30, 2017 against Joey Ryan with IPW:UK for the DDT Ironman Heavymetalweight Championship.
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Oh hai there @wwenxt Universe 😜🤙🏼 It’s 1 year since I had my last match before suffering an injury just after arriving at the WWE Performance Centre almost 10months ago! Thanks to the incredible work of the phenomenal WWE doctors, the support of amazing friends, coaches & colleagues, I was finally able to make my NXT debut with one of my best friends @dakotakai_wwe 💕 Thank you @wwenxt , Thank you Dakota and thank you Venice, you certainly made this welsh girl feel extremely welcome💜 Time to see what #FlyKicks can do🤙🏼 #Repost @wwenxt with @get_repost ・・・ #NXTVenice gets a dose of @nixonnewell and @dakotakai_wwe! #FlyKicks
Nixon Newell was one of the UK scene’s most promising young stars when the 22-year old went down to injury at the start of the summer. Debuting in 2013, by 2015, she was working all the top promotions in Europe, including PROGRESS, ICW, Pro Wrestling EVE, OTT, Germany’s wXw, as well as her regular grounds of Southside Wrestling Entertainment (SWE) and Wales’ ATTACK! (which is owned by Pete Dunne and Mark Andrews). She also worked with Stardom in Japan and SHIMMER in the United States. She’s been wrestling since her teens and came to the WWE as a 3x ATTACK! 24/7 Champion, SWE Queen of Southside and SWE Tag Team Champion, and WCPW (now Defiant) Women’s Champion.
Other wrestlers and personalities began to tweet their support and excitement of Newell’s return to the ring.
Being sidelined for 10 months is something I can’t even begin to imagine, even more so when it’s stopping you from fully committing to a passion. I can’t wait to see what the future has in store for you and to do it by your side is the greatest feeling @NixonNewell 💗 #FlyKicks pic.twitter.com/Z3AthlQmt6
— captain kota (@DakotaKai_WWE) April 14, 2018
I’m so unbelievably stoked for @NixonNewell, who made her debut tonight with @DakotaKai_WWE at #NXTVenice. Two of the most talented broads I know, about to take over the world! pic.twitter.com/QVWK4C5ZzB
— Ruby Riott (@RubyRiottWWE) April 14, 2018
Welcome back , @NixonNewell ❗️
— KAIRI SANE⚓️ (@KairiSaneWWE) April 14, 2018
— Joey Ryan (@JoeyRyanOnline) April 14, 2018
I got to see @NixonNewell make her NXT debut and that’s pretty awesome.
— Jim Smallman (@jimsmallman) April 14, 2018
SOME MATCHES FROM HER PRE-NXT CAREER