WWE has announced that Ripley vs. Io Shirai will air on next week's NXT episode. This comes after Ripley saved Shirai from a post-match beating by NXT Women's Champion Charlotte Flair last week, making her first appearance since losing the title to Flair at WrestleMania 36.
Ripley cut a promo on this week's NXT episode, seen above, and threatened to go through Shirai and Flair until she brings the NXT Women's Title back to the brand.
Below is the updated line-up for next Wednesday's NXT episode:
* Rhea Ripley vs. Io Shirai
* Group A Interim NXT Cruiserweight Title Tournament Match: Drake Maverick (1-1) vs. Kushida (2-0)
Next week could be Drake's final WWE match as he was released by the company back on April 15 as a part of the company-wide cuts brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. They allowed him to work the tournament during his 90-day non-compete clause. You can click here for the latest on the tournament and the standings.
Stay tuned for updates on next Wednesday's taped NXT episode.
The #NXTCruiserweight Championship Tournament continues next week as @hijodelfantasma takes on @TozawaAkira AND @WWEMaverick battles @KUSHIDA_0904!— WWE NXT (@WWENXT) May 14, 2020
And, ready for this?
ALSO NEXT WEEK, @RheaRipley_WWE returns to action against the one and only @shirai_io! #WWENXT pic.twitter.com/hPU9jNJiq7