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NXT Women's Champion Io Shirai issues challenge to Rhea Ripley


A big NXT Women's Championship match looks to be on the horizon.

In a video that aired on NXT tonight, NXT Women's Champion Io Shirai declared that she wants to face Rhea Ripley in a one-on-one title match. Ripley responded later in the show and accepted the challenge.

When the Shirai vs. Ripley title match will be taking place hasn't been revealed.

Shirai said during her promo tonight that Ripley is the one challenge she must face to show that this is her NXT.

Ripley said she's wanted to face Shirai since losing the NXT Women's Championship this June. Ripley said Shirai is terrified of losing the title -- and that's exactly what's going to happen. Ripley vowed to end this year as NXT Women's Champion just like she did in 2019.

Shirai became NXT Women's Champion by defeating Ripley and Charlotte Flair in a triple threat match at TakeOver: In Your House this June. Shirai pinned Ripley to win the title. Charlotte was NXT Women's Champion going into that match after winning the title from Ripley at WrestleMania 36.

Shirai and Ripley both got wins at NXT Halloween Havoc last week. Shirai retained the NXT Women's Championship against Candice LeRae in a Tables, Ladders & Scares match. Ripley defeated Raquel Gonzalez.