Io Shirai vs Dakota Kai for the NXT Women’s Championship made official for NXT TakeOver: 30 after a number one contenders match.
SummerSlam isn’t the only WWE Pay Per View lined up this month. The promotion will also feature NXT TakeOver, a day before SummerSlam. The Black and Gold brand has been featuring storylines leading up to the event with yet another title match announced tonight.
For a long time now Dakota Kai has seemed like the obvious challenger to Io Shirai’s NXT Women’s championship. Even Kai felt like the match was hers. However, Rhea Ripley took exception to the claim and the two clashed in a match with the number one contendership on the line.
Io Shirai vs Dakota Kai made official for NXT TakeOver: 30
Kai and Ripley faced each other in a very one sided match largely dominated by Ripley. The former NXT Women’s champion rag dolled her opponent for much of the match. Kai on her part, showed steely determination by kicking out despite looking out of it.
— WWE NXT (@WWENXT) August 6, 2020
This was a strange narrative considering Kai is supposed to be heel and was yet booked like a plucky face. This was corrected soon after though when Mercedes Martinez attacked Ripley handing the advantage to Kai who hit the GTK for the win.
— WWE (@WWE) August 6, 2020
With the 3-count, Dakota Kai booked her ticket to TakeOver 30 where she will take on Io Shirai for the NXT Women’s Championship. Ripley on the other hand, looks set to continue her feud with the Robert Stone Brand.
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