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Two title matches, Ripley-Gonzalez set for WWE NXT Halloween Havoc


WWE has made their first match announcements for NXT Halloween Havoc.

Halloween Havoc is taking place on Wednesday, October 28. Candice LeRae will challenge for Io Shirai's NXT Women's Championship on the episode, while LeRae's husband Johnny Gargano will challenge Damian Priest for the NXT North American Championship. Both of those are rematches from NXT TakeOver 31. This time, those two matches are going to have stipulations that will be determined by "Spin the Wheel, Make a Deal."

Rhea Ripley vs. Raquel Gonzalez has also been announced for the Halloween Havoc episode.

LeRae became the number one contender to the NXT Women's Championship by defeating Shotzi Blackheart on NXT tonight. LeRae got the win after using brass knuckles to strike Blackheart. The brass knuckles were given to LeRae by Indi Hartwell. An alliance between LeRae and Hartwell first started to be revealed last week, with Hartwell sending LeRae and Gargano a new TV that came with a USB drive showing all of the times Hartwell helped LeRae during a number one contender's battle royal last month.

NXT General Manager William Regal was interviewed on tonight's show after the LeRae vs. Blackheart match. Regal said he wasn't happy with the finish of the match, but the referee's decision is final. Regal said he's thinking of upping the stakes for Shirai vs. LeRae.

Priest retained his North American title against Dexter Lumis in the main event of tonight's NXT. After the match, Gargano attacked Priest with a steel chair. Blackheart, who will be the host of Halloween Havoc, then announced the return of "Spin the Wheel, Make a Deal" to determine the stipulations for Shirai vs. LeRae and Priest vs. Gargano.

Coal miner's glove on a pole match, blindfold match, casket match, Chamber of Horrors, biker's chain match, buried alive match, devil's playground match, boiler room brawl, Shotzi's choice, weapons wild match, trick or street fight, and TLS match were the stipulation options listed on the wheel.

Ripley vs. Gonzalez was announced for Halloween Havoc after a challenge that was issued by Gonzalez tonight. Ripley accepted the challenge and tried to brawl with Gonzalez, but they were kept apart by officials. Ripley vs. Gonzalez is being billed as a matchup of the biggest and baddest women in NXT.