Since winning the NXT Women’s Title, Io Shirai has battled all comers fearlessly, but she will have to survive two hazardous rivals to remain champion.
In the Triple Threat Match at NXT TakeOver on Sunday, Feb. 14, The Genius of the Sky will defend against Toni Storm and Mercedes Martinez. In a recent ComicBook.com interview with Storm, the news was initially announced.
Storm has made her unique target clear since coming to NXT TakeOver 31 on the black-and-gold brand: winning the championship. And Storm is familiar with what it takes to win gold as a former NXT UK Women’s Champion. But this time, after betraying Ember Moon and aligning with Candice LeRae for WarGames, she’s treating her quest differently, exhibiting a newfound ruthlessness.
Last month, Storm boldly announced she would be the next NXT Women’s Champion, and Shirai didn’t take this bold declaration kindly. With Hurricane, the Genius of the Sky duked it out, bidding her adieu with a moonsault.
Storm wasn’t the only one who looked at Shirai’s location atop the mountain. Martinez recently returned to NXT, in the process of decimating Shirai and revealing her plans to become the NXT Women’s Champion.
Shirai cost both the chance to win the first-ever Women’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic, intervening to win revenge for the assault of Martinez in their first-round match.
A week later, however, Storm and Mercedes’ temporary partnership disintegrated, with both almost coming to blows in a brouhaha with Shirai.
One of NXT history’s most remarkable title reigns has been put together by The Genius of the Sky. But is this going to come to an end at TakeOver?
Find out at 7 ET/4 PT on Sunday, Feb. 14, only on the award-winning WWE Network!