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Xia Li Makes Her WWE NXT In-Ring Debut (Photos)

Xia Li

After undergoing shoulder surgery last year, Xia Li made her NXT wrestling debut at Saturday’s live event in Largo, Florida.

Taking on Reina Gonzalez, Li was victorious in her first match at an NXT live event. As she celebrated the win, Gonzalez attacked, leading to Candice LeRae coming out for the save.

While this was her match in NXT, it was not her first match in front of a WWE crowd. She made her in-ring debut last July in the Mae Young Classic, losing to Mercedes Martinez in a First Round Match.

On New Year’s Eve, Li revealed that she underwent shoulder surgery four months earlier.

As the first Chinese female to be recruited into WWE’s developmental system, Li is new to the ring, but not combat sports. A decorated martial artist, she claimed top-place finishes in numerous tournaments, including the Second World Traditional Chinese Wushu Championship, as well as fitness events, such as the Nike Challenge Competition, in her native China.