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Rhea Ripley to appear on WWE NXT TakeOver 31 pre-show


Tonight's NXT TakeOver 31 pre-show will include an appearance by Rhea Ripley.

WWE has announced that Ripley will "join the pre-show to discuss her recent attack on Raquel Gonzalez and much more." The pre-show begins at 6:30 p.m. Eastern time, with TakeOver then starting at 7 p.m. Eastern.

In a number one contender's battle royal on NXT two weeks ago, Ripley and Gonzalez were both dominant until simultaneously eliminating each other. They then brawled after being eliminated.

Gonzalez interfered in Dakota Kai's match against Shotzi Blackheart on NXT last week by tripping Blackheart up. Ripley then ran out and shoved Gonzalez. Kai missed a kick in the corner and Blackheart rolled Kai up to get the win. 

There hasn't been any in-ring action announced for the TakeOver 31 pre-show. Here's the card for tonight's event:

  • NXT Champion Finn Balor defends against Kyle O'Reilly
  • NXT Women's Champion Io Shirai defends against Candice LeRae
  • NXT North American Champion Damian Priest defends against Johnny Gargano
  • Kushida vs. Velveteen Dream
  • NXT Cruiserweight Champion Santos Escobar defends against Isaiah "Swerve" Scott