Io Shirai and Candice LeRae to Spin the Wheel, Make the Deal for the NXT Women’s Championship
Io Shirai has fought off all comers in one of the most impressive NXT Women’s Championship reigns ever. Her latest challenge figures to be the most unpredictable, however.
The Genius of the Sky will put her title on the line against Candice LeRae at NXT Halloween Havoc under rules determined by Spin the Wheel, Make the Deal.
Besting both Rhea Ripley and Charlotte Flair to win the title, Shirai has added to her impressive list of slayed foes as champion. She has knocked off Tegan Nox, Dakota Kai and most recently LeRae at NXT TakeOver 31.
The Poison Pixie earned another opportunity, albeit in controversial fashion, with a win over Shotzi Blackheart to once again become the No. 1 Contender. But much to her chagrin, the bout will not be contested under regular rules and instead be determined by the Wheel.
Will the unique circumstances only prove to be the latest hurdle cleared by Shirai? Or will they potentially favor the crafty veteran LeRae in her bid to finally become NXT Women’s Champion?
Rhea Ripley looks to settle the score with Raquel González at NXT Halloween Havoc
Two of the most dominant forces in the black-and-gold brand have been thorns in each other’s sides for months, dating back to NXT TakeOver XXX. González attacked Io Shirai after her title defense against Dakota Kai, but Ripley took issue, stopping “Big Mami Cool’s” assault in its tracks.
Tensions escalated further in last month’s No. 1 Contender’s Battle Royal, as Ripley and González eliminated each other. Ripley later teamed up with Ember Moon to defeat González and Kai, though it did little to quell the hostility between The Nightmare and Kai’s enforcer.
Officials had to restrain them backstage after González finally issued a one-on-one challenge. But now with no one to hold them back, what destruction is in store at NXT Halloween Havoc?