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Dakota Kai & Raquel Gonzalez Reunite On NXT 2.0

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Raquel Gonzalez made a surprising return to NXT 2.0 and reunited with her former best friend Dakota Kai.

The friendship between Raquel Gonzalez and Dakota Kai began in mid-2020, and the pair went on to win the inaugural Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic in 2021 to be crowned the first NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions. However, they lost the titles the same night to Shotzi Blackheart and Ember Moon.

When Raquel went on to win the NXT Women’s Championship by defeating Io Shirai at NXT TakeOver: Stand & Deliver, it didn’t take long for jealousy to take hold of Dakota, and she turned on her friend in July of 2021. Kai unsuccessfully challenged Gonzalez for the NXT Women’s Championship, and the two have been at odds ever since.

In recent months, Raquel has found herself in an alliance with the young upstart Cora Jade, and the two teamed together in the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic. While they were favored to win the tournament, interference from Toxic Attraction allowed Dakota Kai and her new partner Wendy Choo to score an upset victory in their semifinal match, and it was said on NXT programming that Raquel would be out for weeks.

On the March 29th episode of NXT 2.0, Toxic Attraction took to the ring to address Mandy Rose’s upcoming fatal four way match at Stand & Deliver. During the promo, they ran down Dakota Kai and Wendy Choo for not getting the job done in beating Kay Lee Ray and Io Shirai, who went on to win the tournament. They also indicated that they had gotten to Wendy Choo, having stolen some of her stuffed animals.

Dakota Kai took exception to the promo and came out to confront Toxic Attraction, but she was outnumbered and fell victim to a beatdown in the middle of the ring. This brought out a returning Raquel Gonzalez seeking revenge for the attack on her knee. When Toxic Attraction had been run out of the ring, Dakota and Raquel came back to back and then turned to face one another.

After a moment of uncertainty, Dakota jumped into Raquel’s arms, and the two reignited their friendship. The two then held up the NXT Women’s Tag Team Championship belts that Toxic Attraction had left in the ring, indicating that they may be aiming to regain the championships they were the first to hold.

Full results for the March 29th episode of NXT 2.0 can be found here.