Io Shirai's historic reign as the NXT Women's Champion came to an end tonight on Night One of NXT TakeOver: Stand & Deliver. She dropped the championship to Raquel Gonzalez in the main event.
Gonzalez, who has been nothing short of dominant ever since her debut on the black and gold brand, showed the NXT Universe why she deserved to become the new Women's Champion by usurping Shirai.
Also, as noted by Twitter user K.C. Richards, Gonzalez is the first WWE Performance Center-trained superstar since Charlotte Flair to win the NXT Women's Championship.
Will Raquel Gonzalez usher in a new era in the NXT women's division?
Io Shirai is undoubtedly one of the best pure athletes in the world of professional wrestling and her long reign as NXT Women's Championship gives credence to that fact.
However, now that Gonzalez is the new NXT Women's Champion, perhaps there will be a change in direction with how things will be handled in the already talented women's division.
With new and upcoming talents like Zoey Stark, a repackaged Xia Li and newest recruit Sarray, the NXT women's division looks better than ever. All of these women can be the next in line for Gonzalez's title.
It remains to be seen how Gonzalez's reign as the NXT Women's Champion will be and whether or not the Genius of the Sky will ask for a rematch or move to main roster.