Tongues were wagging and pulses racing when Nikkita Lyons made her NXT 2.0 debut, but who is the star that got the wrestling world talking?
On the 22nd of February edition of NXT 2.0, fans in the Capitol Wrestling Center were treated to a show that saw Raw star Dolph Ziggler become the number one contender to the NXT Championship by defeating Tommaso Ciampa.
The Women’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic also kicked off with Io Shirai and Kay Lee Ray as well as Kacy Catanzaro and Kayden Carter making it to the second round of the tournament.
However, it wasn’t the quest for championships or trophies that those in attendance or watching at home were discussing after the show, it was one woman in green and her dominant display.
Nikkita Lyons made her NXT 2.0 debut on the show, making short work of her opponent, Kayla Inlay. This wasn’t Lyons’ first outing in a WWE ring however as she had previously competed on 205 Live, losing to Amari Miller in her debut before defeating Erica Yan.
Prior to joining WWE, 22-year-old Nikkita Lyons had competed for the WOW Women Of Wrestling promotion, making her debut there in 2018.
Competing there for the majority of her run Faith The Lioness – a play on her real name of Faith Jeffries – she shared the ring with the likes of Krissy Vaine, Amber O’Neal, and former IMPACT World Champion, Tessa Blanchard.
Nikkita Lyons was trained by wrestling veteran Selina Majors, better known to fans as Bambi. Bambi competed for companies such as WOW, the AWA, and WCW, where she frequently sparred with WWE Hall Of Famer Madusa.
In her younger days, Lyons was a top ten finalist on the international hit show American Stars for her singing, dancing, and martial arts performance. The Chinese show aired to over 20 million homes in the US and across Asia.
A black belt in Tae Kwon Do, Nikkita Lyons has also worked as an MMA and boxing coach, the Las Vegas-native also has her own YouTube channel where she showcases her life and musical talent with the official video for her song ‘Baby U’ – which she sings under the name FaithyJ being found there.
Her singing prowess was hinted at during vignettes which aired to hype her NXT 2.0 debut which showed Nikkita Lyons standing behind a microphone.
A Las Vegas native, Lyons signed with WWE following tryouts with the company held in her home city in the run-up to SummerSlam in 2021. Having already made such a splash in her first match on the brand, the world will be watching as Nikkita Lyons roars through the competition on NXT 2.0.