The Queen made a statement this week and now Charlotte Flair has a tough task ahead when she faces Rhea Ripley and Io Shirai at NXT TakeOver: In Your House next month.
TV Guide first reported the match was official, announcing the triple threat bout in a new interview featuring Flair. As seen on Wednesday’s episode of NXT, Charlotte interfered in Ripley and Shirai’s singles match, leaving both laid out in the ring.
“It’s almost like they were having too much fun without me,” Charlotte Flair told TV Guide. “Why beat up one when I can beat up both?”
Flair also talked about the difficulty of a triple threat match, especially with two other top athletes involved. “That’s always a concern in a triple threat but I think for me, it’s, ‘Hey, I can defeat everyone on Raw, I can defeat everyone on Smackdown, and I can do it on NXT, too. Rhea’s the next big thing, right? Io Shirai, the next best thing? I can hold my own against both of them,” Flair said.
WWE.com has since confirmed the triple threat title match, posting the following preview:
Rhea Ripley wants another chance against Charlotte Flair, and Io Shirai wants the opportunity she believes she’s still owed.
Both will get their wish. As first reported by TV Guide, Charlotte will defend the NXT Women’s Championship against Ripley and Shirai in a Triple Threat Match at NXT TakeOver: In Your House.
Ripley and Flair tore down the house at WrestleMania in the first-ever match with an NXT title on the line at the Grandest Stage of Them All. But The Queen parlayed her experience advantage into victory to become NXT Women’s Champion for the first time in five years.
Meanwhile, Shirai deservingly earned the right to challenge Flair by overcoming five other women in a Ladder Match. The Evil Genius of the Sky may have given Charlotte more than she bargained for, as The Queen got herself disqualified during their title tilt, brutalizing Shirai with a Kendo stick until Ripley intervened.
The Joshi Judas wasn’t all that thankful for Ripley getting involved, however, and both saw the other as standing between them and the championship. The Queen took advantage of the turmoil, laying them out during their one-on-one bout.
Charlotte stood tall over both foes on that occasion, but in a match where she doesn’t have to be pinned or submitted to lose the title, can she preserve her reign over NXT?