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WWE announces Shirai-Ripley NXT Women's title match for next week


Two of the top wrestlers in NXT will face off for the NXT Women's Championship next week.

WWE has announced that NXT Women's Champion Io Shirai will defend her title against Rhea Ripley on NXT next Wednesday. A Prime Target special feature building up the match aired on tonight's episode of NXT.

The title match was set up by a challenge that was issued by Shirai last week. A video aired on last week's NXT where Shirai said Ripley is the one challenge she must face to show that this is her NXT. A promo by Ripley aired later in last week's show, with Ripley accepting Shirai's challenge and vowing to end this year as NXT Women's Champion.

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

Next week's NXT will also feature an appearance by NXT Champion Finn Balor. WWE is hyping that Balor will address his kingdom for the first time since undergoing surgery for a broken jaw last month. After Balor had surgery, WWE said they were going to give it a few weeks and see how Balor recovers before deciding what to do with the NXT Championship.