NXT Women’s Champion Io Shirai vs. Candice LeRae

NXT Women’s Champion Io Shirai vs. Candice LeRae

Candice LeRae is finally getting the opportunity she’s been eyeing: a chance at the NXT Women’s Title.

The Poison Pixie is set to go one-on-one with Io Shirai for her championship at NXT TakeOver 31. 

Since undergoing a drastic change in attitude earlier this year, LeRae has repeatedly decried being “passed up” by other adversaries for the opportunities she believes she deserves.

After winning a Battle Royal on NXT by last eliminating Shotzi Blackheart to earn this match, it will be put up or shut up time for LeRae against Shirai.

The Genius of the Sky has been unshakable since defeating Charlotte Flair and Rhea Ripley to reach the top of NXT, turning aside worthy challenges from the likes of Dakota Kai and Tegan Nox.

But in LeRae, she finds an opponent as experienced as she has ever faced — not to mention one who’s likely willing to go to any length to achieve victory. LeRae demonstrated that prior to the Battle Royal when she ruthlessly attacked Nox's surgically repaired knee backstage. 

Will LeRae prove she was right all along? Or will Shirai continue her dominant run as champion? Find out at NXT TakeOver 31, streaming live Sunday, Oct. 4, at 7 ET/4 PT on the award-winning WWE Network!

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