Roxanne Perez arrived on Friday Night SmackDown looking to find an opponent for Cora Jade on the October 18th edition of NXT. Perez and Jade are set to meet at Halloween Havoc just days later.
During the show cameras caught up with Perez backstage talking to Shotzi and her new tag team partner Raquel Rodriguez. During the chat Perez offered Rodriguez the chance to return to NXT for one night only to take on her rival.
Rodriguez is herself a former NXT Women’s Champion, NXT Women’s Tag Team Champion and WWE Women’s Tag Team Champion.
Just as the star accepted the trio were confronted by Bayley and Damage CTRL. Bayley was upset that Perez didn’t consider her for the match on NXT and ended up laying down a challenge for later in the night.
Roxanne Perez Impresses In Defeat
During the match Perez was heavily involved and pushed her much experienced opponents all of the way. The end came with Bayley reversing the NXT star into a pin, sneaking the victory in the process.
Roxanne Perez signed with WWE in March 2022 and quickly rose to the top of the NXT Women’s roster. The star teamed with Cora Jade to win the NXT Women’s Tag Team Titles but Jade turned on her just a week later. This set into motion a vicious rivalry which will come to a head at Halloween Havoc.
Elsewhere on SmackDown Karrion Kross and Scarlett were involved in a car crash before the show even began. With the former NXT star suffering, Drew McIntyre appeared in the parking lot and proceeded to put a beatdown on his rival before being pulled away by a number of officials.
The accident and attack meant that Kross was unable to compete as planned in a Fatal-Four-Way Match to decide a new number one contender for the Intercontinental Title.