Io Shirai and Bianca Belair vie for NXT Women's Title opportunity
Two questions await the No. 1 Contender’s Match between Io Shirai and Bianca Belair this week. Will Belair still call herself “un-de-fea-ted” after the smoke clears? Or will Shirai take flight with an NXT Women’s Title opportunity at TakeOver: New York? Either way, expect a score to be settled when Shirai and Belair step inside the squared circle.
The root of their rivalry began to sprout on the Feb. 6 edition of NXT, when Shirai scored the pin over NXT Women’s Champion Shayna Baszler in a Six-Woman Tag Team Match that saw Shirai team with Belair and Kairi Sane. The EST of NXT had much to say about Shirai snagging the three-count, especially after she missed that opportunity in her NXT Women’s Title Match against Baszler at TakeOver: Phoenix. After weeks of testy exchanges concerning Belair’s and Shirai’s claims to a championship match, NXT General Manager William Regal came up with a solution, pitting them in a No. 1 Contender’s Match to determine the next challenger for The Queen of Spades at TakeOver: New York.