One of the biggest matches at NXT TakeOver: XXX this Saturday night will see Io Shirai defending the NXT Women’s Championship against Dakota Kai. Kai really has come into her own since her heel turn and will pose a significant threat to the champion. Kai also has the ace of Raquel Gonzalez in her corner.
Dakota is trying to win in any way she can, by changing her style, kicking me in the face, or bringing in Raquel González. Io Shirai is not a champion who can be broken. I will be smart and I will break her with my grace.
Io Shirai opens up about her respect for Charlotte Flair and Rhea Ripley
Io Shirai won the NXT Women’s Championship at TakeOver: In Your House. Shirai won a triple threat match also featuring Charlotte Flair, who went in as champion, and Rhea Ripley. Io Shirai pinned Ripley to win the title.
The NXT Women’s Champion opened up about her respect for both Charlotte Flair and Rhea Ripley:
Being honest and with no sense of irony: Charlotte is the Queen. It takes a lot to be on top, only someone who has been there can understand, and one mistake can be exploited and attacked. Charlotte has a strong heart and remains unfazed and stands tall. She is also humble, kind and very professional, all of which have contributed to her success. I have only had a few encounters with her, but I am glad I have been able to have those opportunities. Rhea has an incredible aura. She has a great personality and I respect the effort she puts in at the gym. Her look, her momentum, her youth and her athletic abilities are very appealing.
In a recent interview, Io Shirai revealed that Asuka is the WWE Superstar she wants to face in the future. You can read more about that HERE.
Io Shirai will defend the NXT Women’s Championship against Dakota Kai this Saturday at NXT TakeOver: XXX, live on the WWE Network at 4.30 AM IST on 23rd August 2020 exclusively on SONY TEN 1 & SONY TEN 3 Channels.Published 21 Aug 2020, 18:32 IST
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