Mercedes Martinez was reportedly taken to hospital after she appeared to be knocked out cold in her mixed tag team match on NXT on USA.
Martinez was teaming with Jake Atlas in mixed tag team action against the team of Tian Sha’s Xia Li and Boa. Martinez was distracted by Tian Sha’s mysterious leader Mei Ying who was watching the action from the entranceway. That allowed Li to take control and sent Martinez back into the ring. Xia Li then connected with a suplex before nailing Mercedes Martinez with a spin kick that appeared to knock her out cold. Li went for the pin with Martinez seemingly unable to kick out. The referee counted two before throwing up the indicative ‘X’ sign and waving the match off with Tian Sha declared the winners.
Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful reported after the match that Martinez had been checked backstage and was going to the hospital to undergo further evaluations. No further update on Martinez’s condition has been made available at this time.
Mercedes Martinez competed in the inaugural Mae Young Classic in 2017 defeating Xia Li in the first round, with this being the source of Li’s anger with Matinez in recent weeks. Martinez made it to the semi-final of the tournament before being defeated by former NXT Women’s Champion Shayna Baszler. Martinez tried again in the 2018 tournament but was defeated in the second round by reigning NXT UK Women’s Champion Meiko Satomura before being signed to NXT in 2020. She briefly appeared as Retaliation as part of the RETRIBUTION group on Raw but quickly left that faction to return to the black and gold brand.
The referee has no choice but to stop the match as a devastating kick takes out @RealMMartinez. #WWENXT@XiaWWE@Bigboawwe@FearTianShapic.twitter.com/sNTna85WWo
— WWE (@WWE) June 30, 2021
Elsewhere on NXT Isaiah Swerve Scott defeated Bronson Reed to become the new NXT North American Champion. Reed’s defeat for the title he had only held for six weeks comes amidst rumours that he is set for a move to the WWE main roster on either Raw or SmackDown.