Xia Li made headlines after being the first Chinese talent to join WWE a few years ago. Li worked in NXT where she became one of the mainstays of the women’s division. It seems there was a good reason for her delayed in-ring debut.

In preparation for Xia Li’s debut on the main roster, WWE started airing vignettes of Xia Li, familiarizing fans with her before Li makes her debut. The vignettes featured comic book style storytelling that fans certainly liked.

Xia Li finally made her debut on a previous episode of Friday Night Smackdown last year, where she saved Naomi from Shayna Baszler and Sonya Deville. Many fans simply loved Li’s debut as well.

However, Xia Li only made her in-ring debut last week, where she defeated Natalya in a singles match on Friday Night Smackdown. According to a report by Fightful Select, Xia Li’s in-ring debut took so long because WWE Creative simply had nothing planned for her.


We will have to wait and see how Xia Li will fare on Friday Night Smackdown as fans were already impressed by her long before her in-ring debut.

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Subhojeet Mukherjee

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