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Ember Moon returns to WWE NXT at TakeOver 31

After more than two years away from NXT, Ember Moon made her return to the brand at TakeOver 31 tonight.

Moon appeared on tonight's TakeOver event after NXT Women's Champion Io Shirai retained her title against Candice LeRae. Videos had aired over the past two weeks hyping that a former champion would be returning to NXT to take what's theirs. Whether it was a man or woman returning wasn't revealed until tonight.

Another video started to air after tonight's NXT Women's title match. The former champion was shown riding to the WWE Performance Center on a motorcycle and then entering the building. With Shirai in the ring, the former champion appeared and stood on the stage. They then took their helmet off, revealing that it was Moon. She smiled at Shirai but didn't say anything.

Prior to Moon's return tonight, former NXT UK Women's Champion Toni Storm appeared on the video screen after Shirai vs. LeRae and announced that she's coming to NXT. Storm said she'll be seeing Shirai around.

Moon had been off WWE television since rupturing her Achilles tendon in September 2019. She said on an episode of WWE Backstage this May that she feared that it could be a career-ending injury.

Moon won the NXT Women's Championship at TakeOver: WarGames in November 2017 and held the title until losing it at TakeOver: New Orleans in April 2018. She was called up to the main roster after dropping the title.