Steffanie "Nixon" Newell Makes His WWE NXT Wrestling Debut (Photos)

NXT Wrestler Finally Makes Her In-Ring Debut (Photos)

Steffanie "Nixon" Newell - WWE NXT wrestler

After joining WWE last year, Steffanie “Nixon” Newell made her NXT in-ring debut at Friday’s live event in Venice, Florida.

Introduced as Steffanie Newell — her real name — the 23-year-old Welsh wrestler worked as a babyface alongside Dakota Kai against Vanessa Borne and Reina Gonzalez.

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The babyfaces came up short as Gonzalez pinned Newell by using her tights as leverage.

Newell, who was standout in the UK indie wrestling scene, was offered a developmental contract following a tryout in November 2016. She reported to the WWE Performance Center in May, but within a few weeks, sustained an ACL tear in her knee. She underwent surgery in June, which prevented her from competing in the Mae Young Classic.