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Shirai & Nox vs. Kai & LeRae to kick off WWE NXT

The opening match of tonight's episode of NXT will feature Io Shirai in tag team action.

NXT general manager William Regal sent out a tweet today announcing that Shirai & Tegan Nox vs. Dakota Kai & Candice LeRae will open tonight's show: "This evening’s episode of #WWENXT will feature action befitting the black and gold brand and I’m excited to announce the match that will kick off tonight’s show: @WWENXT Women’s Champion @shirai_io will team with @TeganNoxWWE_ against @CandiceLeRae and @DakotaKai_WWE!"

Shirai retained her NXT Women's Championship against Nox in the main event of NXT two weeks ago. After that match, the show ended with an angle where Kai laid out Shirai with a kick to the face.

Video of a promo from Kai aired on NXT last week. Kai said it felt so good to kick Shirai off the perch she put herself on. Kai said she'll be waiting for Shirai once she returns and told Shirai to bring the NXT Women's Championship.

Here's the full list of what's been announced for tonight's NXT:

  • Finn Balor vs. Timothy Thatcher vs. Dexter Lumis (winner qualifies for the ladder match for the vacant NXT North American Championship at TakeOver XXX)
  • NXT Champion Keith Lee responds to Karrion Kross
  • Johnny Gargano vs. Roderick Strong
  • Mercedes Martinez vs. Shotzi Blackheart
  • Isaiah "Swerve" Scott vs. Jake Atlas
  • NXT Tag Team Champions Imperium (Marcel Barthel & Fabian Aichner) in non-title action
  • NXT Women's Champion Io Shirai & Tegan Nox vs. Dakota Kai & Candice LeRae