WWE has announced that NXT Women’s Champion Shayna Baszler will face Dakota Kai in a non-title match on tonight’s episode of NXT.
Baszler will captain a team consisting of Io Shirai, Bianca Belair and another partner to be announced in the first NXT women’s WarGames match at TakeOver later this month.
The opposing team is currently made up of captain Rhea Ripley, Candice LeRae, Tegan Nox, and again another to be confirmed. It could be that shenanigans tonight will lead to Kai joining Ripley’s team.
Here’s what WWE.com has to say regarding tonight’s match:
After Dakota Kai found herself on the outside of the first-ever Women’s WarGames Match looking in, The Captain of Team Kick will be out to prove to Rhea Ripley that she should be on her team for the historic battle, when she takes on NXT Women’s Champion Shayna Baszler tonight on WWE NXT.
Ripley revealed her squad for WarGames this morning on WWE’s The Bump, picking Candice LeRae and Kai’s best friend, Tegan Nox. As for the fourth member of her team, The Nightmare was unsure of who she should be, but did not think that Kai was a good enough “fighter” to step into the unforgiving battle that is WarGames. Baszler jumped on that point, saying that Kai would be a “wasted pick.”
Those comments set Kai off. She called out The Submission Magician, saying she’s no longer afraid of the NXT Women’s Champion. Can Kai prove herself to Rhea Ripley ahead of NXT TakeOver: WarGames? Find out live tonight at 8/7 C on USA Network!
The only other match announced for tonight’s show so far is a rematch from a couple of weeks ago between Damian Priest and Pete Dunne.
As always, WrestleTalk.com will have live coverage of NXT tonight, as well as AEW: Dynamite.