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Candice LeRae vs. Io Shirai added to NXT TakeOver: Toronto


Candice LeRae and Io Shirai will be facing off at NXT TakeOver: Toronto.

LeRae vs. Shirai was announced for the special on tonight's episode of NXT. LeRae was waiting for Shirai in the parking lot, but William Regal told LeRae that Shirai wasn't allowed anywhere near the building tonight. LeRae asked to face Shirai at TakeOver, and Regal granted her request.

Shirai turned heel against LeRae on the June 26 episode of NXT. Shirai lost a steel cage match against NXT Women's Champion Shayna Baszler on that show. After the match, Shirai attacked LeRae and beat her down with a steel chair.

Their storyline then continued on last week's episode, with LeRae attacking Shirai while Shirai was facing Kacy Catanzaro. LeRae went and got a steel chair, but Shirai was able to get away from her.

Baszler will defend her title against Mia Yim at TakeOver.

TakeOver: Toronto is taking place at the Scotiabank Arena on August 10, which is the Saturday of SummerSlam weekend. Here's the updated card for the special:

  • NXT Champion Adam Cole defending against Johnny Gargano in a two-out-of-three falls match (one fall will be a street fight, the other will be a normal wrestling match, and William Regal will pick the stipulation if it goes to a third fall)
  • NXT Women's Champion Shayna Baszler defending against Mia Yim
  • NXT North American Champion Velveteen Dream defending against Roderick Strong and Pete Dunne in a triple threat match
  • NXT Tag Team Champions The Street Profits (Angelo Dawkins & Montez Ford) defending against The Undisputed Era (Kyle O'Reilly & Bobby Fish)
  • Candice LeRae vs. Io Shirai