It has been confirmed that a WWE NXT star will be making their official amateur kickboxing debut this Saturday, October 24.
Xia Li of WWE’s developmental brand has a match against Anna Housel. Li will compete under her real name Zhao Xia.
The fight will be on the prelim card for the Combat Night Orlando pay-per-view. The event description reads as follows:
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Because it’s an amateur kickboxing match, both women will be wearing protection and headgear. The promoter actually said in a recent interview that he didn’t know Li was a pro-wrestler until recently but he’ll still treat her the same as the rest of the athletes.
Recently on NXT, Li has been teasing a heel turn and has formed an alliance with the recently returned Boa, but we’re yet to really see how their relationship will play out. It was hinted last week that she’ll have a match on tomorrow night’s show.