After winning the inaugural Mae Young Classic, WWE have announced that Kairi Sane will compete for the NXT Women’s Championship at NXT TakeOver: Houston.

Watch the announcement and Kairi’s reaction to the news below:

As seen on last week’s episode of NXT, Asuka relinquished the NXT Women’s Championship after a historic reign that last over 500 days. Since then, it was confirmed that Asuka will be joining the Raw brand upon her main roster debut.

There are currently no details on who else will be competing with Kairi Sane for the vacated NXT Women’s Title.

NXT TakeOver: Houston takes place Saturday November 18th live on the WWE Network

Are you excited to hear this news? Who else do you think will compete for the NXT Women’s Title at TakeOver: Houston? Let us know in the comments below!

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  • Miguel

    It makes no sense for her to be on NXT. She’s a good wrestler, charismatic and has all the tools to succeed on the main roster. Why waste time on NXT? The development facility and program is for that; people that needs development. Give us Mandy, Ruby Riot & Nikki Cross (who are almost ready for MR), Liv Morgan, Aliyah, Sonya Devile, Lacey Evans, Abbey Laith (who is amazing but I still think her character could be explored more in NXT) and many other women that could actually do something in NXT. The rest like Peyton & Billie should be moving to the MR.

    • Organization XIII

      She deff needs mic skills so it’s fitting to work on that in NXT

      • Miguel

        She doesn’t speak english, nor she needs to. Even if she cut an amazing promo; you wouldn’t understand it.

        • Organization XIII

          You won’t go too far not being able to speak english on the MR so she deff does need to speak it

    • Maddox

      It makes perfect sense for her to go to NXT. It’s a pluace where superstars go before they can be properly introduced to the main roster. If bigger names like Roode, McIntrye, Samoa Joe, Finn Balor, Nakumura and Asuka went through NXT, no reason why she shouldn’t.

      • Miguel

        McIntyre was a flop in his first run, he isn’t as big at all.
        The rest makes a good case but then again, it’s stupid to bring them to NXT when they are ready. Leave development for people that actually need it.

        • Maddox

          Better to send them to NXT and properly debut them than just tossing them into the main roster

          • Miguel

            Not like being in NXT is a guaranteed better introduction to the MR. How many NXT top superstars have been messed up in the MR?

  • K. W. M.

    Ok. You will throw stones at me but: she is already overhyped. I mean she is great, charismatic but many people who didn’t know her a few months ago already act like she is the saviour of womens wrestling. And know she gets rushed like hell towards the title picture and i am just not a fan of that. Instead of building her up on NXT TV. I am just not. It is just my opinion. So don’t throw the stone you have in your hand right now :(

    • MK126

      Well they’re supposed to be doing tapings tonight so lets see how they address this. TBH im not mad that shes getting a shot at the NXT womens title. At least shes not getting the title unlike the winners of the UK and the CWC. They’ve got 2 months to work her and whoever else into a storyline that means something for the title.

      • Maddox

        Atleast with those situations, it was a new title

    • Organization XIII

      She basically Asuka 2.0 & we don’t need that

      • Aye Mate

        To be fair though, Kairi and Asuka have contrasting styles, I think comparison between the two would be like lumping Alexa Bliss in the same category as any other petite blonde.

        • Organization XIII

          Contrasting styles? Hard hitting & fast paced seemed to be both they styles from what I’ve seen although they said she’s “technical”

          • Aye Mate

            I’d classify Kairi as a more technical based wrestler. Asuka relies more on striking and submissions.

          • Organization XIII

            She didn’t give me technical tho. Not from the classic at least

          • To add to Aye Mate’s comment under/above, Kairi also uses a bunch of high-flying offense, while Asuka is completely grounded for the most part. Really, they are different.

          • Organization XIII

            Hmm…I can agree there

          • Guilherme Soares

            Kairi is cute and beautiful and bla bla bla she’s going to be marketable as a babyface and Asuka is much more like that monster heel!

  • KellyAJNaomi#Slay

    I’m not the only one upset with DD slow ass updating right? Cause it’s no way I should be not knowing this stuff before it gets posted or seeing other commenters announce shit 3 hours before DD anyway happy Kairi won

    • Typical Heel

      This!!!

    • DJ

      For a website who preaches to be “the pioneer women wrestling website”, they sure publish wrestling-related articles way out of schedule. The MYC episodes 5-8 were released 9 days ago and yet not one review/recap of the tourney is published by their “writers.”

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    • Aye Mate
  • Glad to see that Kairi is already treated as a top star in NXT. I expected her to be one of the top NXT women, and I believe it makes sense for her to win a title opportunity. After all, Tyler Bates and TJP both gained a championship out of their tournament win, so I’m not mad that she gets the opportunity, and I don’t think anyone should.

    Now, that doesn’t mean that she should win the NXT Women’s Championship right away. I would be truly happy if she did, as she is one of the best wrestler in the world, but I’d rather see her chase the title a little bit instead of just winning it right away, but that’s just me. I’m just hoping for a one-on-one match instead of a multi-women match.

  • Rosanna

    The NXT women who have been there since 2014+ are probably upset honestly I would. But that’s how the cookie crumbles unfortunately. So many talented women too bad there not going to be able to showcase it until they get the main roster. NXT doesn’t do anything for anyone besides build characters and gimmicks the main roster is where everything happens.

    • Guilherme Soares

      the pretty ones will get their massive push in main roster the Icons and Liv are the next ones…

  • Robann

    Her tournament win was VERY predictable, but the match itself was great. I just…..idk. I’m not feeling the mega pushes and overhyped situations with newer Superstars when the existing ones aren’t getting play at ALL. Like what’s going on with Ember, Ruby and the Iconic Duo? Aliyah? Mandy? I’m curious to see what’ll happen on NXT now, but I won’t lie and say I’m really excited about this move.

    And yeah I know what happened with TJP and the Cruiserweight title…..don’t care. Two totally situations. The CW title was brand new while the NXT women’s title is not.

    • “Her tournament win was VERY predictable”

      Is this why a large majority of people thought Shayna was going to win?

    • Guilherme Soares

      hoping Mandy vs Kairi vs Belair at NXT Takeover would be pretty cool…

      • Maddox

        Why Mandy? When there are better options

        • Guilherme Soares

          cause she’s really and she doesn’t had a match in long time ago, her caracter is cool too…

          • BLKLTR05

            I want to see what she can do before that happens. Putting her in the ring with Bianca and Kairi can potentially highlight all of her flaws so not the best idea but I am very intrigued by her!

          • Guilherme Soares

            you know how happen this matchs… spots are combined some moves too… they could make her look good and the NXT Universe would see that’s she’s not a Eva Marie and she’s really not. watch her NXT match with Ember Moon a year ago now she’s so much better… playing the heel caracter in a awesome way, really mean girl and not like Billie and Peyton in a dumb way, she’s the true Regina George of Wrestling! kkk

          • BLKLTR05

            Yeah I know how matches are put together but can Mandy keep up with Kairi and Bianca? THAT’S what I need to know and no I am not taking your word for it since you are obviously a smark.

          • Guilherme Soares

            i’m not asking you to take my world, i just seeing for you search and see with your own eyes things about Mandy and take your own conclusions whatever they’re ;)

          • BLKLTR05

            I would if she was on NXT TV. As of now, she only has that match with Ember Moon and while she was somewhat impressive, I have a hard time seeing her as title material.

  • Geo14

    Kairi is THE wrestler but its Peyton’s time!!

    • Guilherme Soares

      The Iconic Duo and Liv Morgan are going main roster real soon and i presume Smackdown Live!

      • BLKLTR05

        The Iconic Duo should win the championship and then lose it quickly giving them the shortest reign ever for the title that way they get the title and still get called up.

        • Guilherme Soares

          Alexa Nia and Carmella didn’t get the NXT title so…

          • BLKLTR05

            Whats your point?

  • Organization XIII

    Well we saw this coming & I’m hoping she does not come out victorious. Hopefully one of the older talents wins. Preferrably Ember or Peyton (leaning more towards Peyton)

  • Guilherme Soares

    i think will be Mandy or Bianca Belair… Mandy because her debut is bering hired so long and rumors is because she’s going to be pushed, and Bianca because she’s already a star like Kairi and they made a great match in Mãe Young Classic, the other girls like Ember,Nikki and Ruby already participated of title matchs… Iconic Duo and Liv are going to main roster soon… Alyjah is not relevant… well there’s a lot of new talent that are able to compet for the title but i kind hope that is Belair and Mandy Rose! Sonya and Sage would be cool too!

    • jxs_

      Neither of them are ready. Bianca is good but she needs some polishing, but Mandy? Just no.

      • Guilherme Soares

        Bianca vs Sane did the most amazing match at Mae Young Classic and Mandy is making 5 star matchs even with Liv Morgan.

    • L.S #PushBillieKay

      Bianca, Mandy? LMAO

  • Rosanna

    Bianca vs Kairi part 2. Tapings are tonight let’s see what plays out. I also heard a bunch of girls from the MYC has got signed. Everyone’s exiting about Toni but I’m waiting to see about Santana Garret. We shall see tonight!

    • Matt

      Tapings will be tomorrow due to Hurricane Irma!

      • Rosanna

        I mean Thursday I don’t know why I said tonight lmao.

        • Matt

          Don’t worry lol??

  • This was expected, but she needs to lose this one. It was fun for the tournament, but we don’t need another undefeated streak. Make her look realistic.

    • Booking 101

      It also wouldn’t go with the way they presented her. She was described as the “smallest dog in the fight”. It wouldn’t make sense for somebody considered an underdog to have an undefeated streak. I completely agree with you.

      The undefeated streak works for Asuka and it’s cool to see a woman break so many records but it should be something that happens once in 20 years, maybe more, or else it will not feel as special as it should be

      • Yep I’m with you. Winning all the time would just ruin her underdog aura, it’s their best bet to go slowly with her.

    • Angelica Marie MoNae

      I agree it was fine for the tourney but she shouldn’t be coming in and bury the rest of the ladies even further than asuka already has. They should present the nxt ladies as a higher level than the “amateurs” in the tournament. At least some of them like Peyton, Billie, Nikki, Ruby, and ember. I mean they are already hired by the company so they should be presented as bigger threats to kairi than the women in the tournament.

    • TheSilverPrince

      She doesn’t need to lose. She is better than any female wrestler in NXT. Wrestling is not a participation trophy where people get spots just because of tenure.

  • DJ

    Kairi winning is totally the right choice and it’s safe to say that she is taking the spot the Asuka left on NXT. I also heard that the Takeover match that Kairi is competing on in November will be a Fatal four way match, although the other three participants are yet to be determined. We should have a better idea after thursday night’s tapings.

  • Seraphina Rosenhart

    I’m happy whether she wins the title or not, but the one thing I want is that the next champion needs to be booked realistically. We don’t need another undefeated streak.

  • Aye Mate

    Kairi vs Ember Moon feels like a dream match but after their incredible MYC showing, I’m leaning towards putting Bianca on TV immediately and have her face Kairi at Houston. Belair is the one who made the biggest impression of me besides Kairi and I honestly just want to see more of what she can do.

    I’d be happy if Ember Moon followed through her breakthrough Brooklyn performance all the same though.

    • Guilherme Soares

      i would love to see Kairi fighting with Nikki Cross, Mandy and Bianca Belair one of this three wouldn’t be amazing, Bianca and Mandy needs TV Time immediately…

  • Booking 101

    It was expected and a good idea as well. Capitalize on her MYC win while also giving another girl (or girls) from the NXT roster a chance to compete for the title. Personally, I would not have her win the title this quick. She doesn’t need the title right now. I don’t believe an undefeated streak would fit her, honestly. She isn’t Asuka, despite some people’s clouded judgement, and she shouldn’t be booked like her.

    With the amount of talent arriving and the already signed talent, NXT will be filled from top to bottom with some of the best wrestlers on the planet. The amount of prospects just waiting for an opportunity to show what they can do is insane.

    It’s also comical to see so many great opportunities for the future of the women’s divison but at the same time, when you look at Raw and Smackdown, you come out of the idea that women are getting the short end of the stick again. They need to capitalize on this soon or the divison will fall again

    • I agree with this. While I think Kairi gaining an opportunity at the title as a reward for winning the tournament is a great idea, they can build her up as the next big babyface by having her chase the title. Winning the MYC is a big achievement in itself that elevated her as a top star in NXT, might as well kill two birds with one stone and use this as a way to elevate someone by going over her in Houston.

      • Guilherme Soares

        I think she’ll be one of the greatest babyface’s in main roster but Vince will give Kairi a Hello Kitty gimmick for sure…

  • Welchy

    Whew Queen better win it and continue that iconic lineage

  • Even though I think an NXT girl should be her opponent I kind of selfishly hope she faces Piper Niven or Mercedes Martinez. <_<

    • Organization XIII

      Yaaaassss at Piper!

  • jabril

    All I have to say is that NXT has a bright future ahead. This could possibly be the greatest line of women we have seen in the WWE/NXT circuit since the 4HW once these girls get signed. I’m personally excited for Bianca Bel-Air. I wish Asuka would have stayed just a little longer to compete with these amazing women, but they’ll see each other down the line . All in all, I’m tuned in ! Omg more and more women are coming in ! Main roster watch out !!

  • jabril

    I’m sorry this is my opinion, don’t wanna ruffle any feathers but.. I really don’t see it for the iconic duo. They’ll be bland as hell on the main roster, but I will say Peyton has a very intricate move set and has potential. Peyton should just go solo. I still don’t know who Billie Kay is as a wrestler and them two together is very stale , we’ve seen this team mean girl gimmick done a million times.

    • NoWayHoeSay

      I can’t see either of them as a champion. Their debut will be to crickets

      • Guilherme Soares

        like Carmela and Alexa? hotness works in main roster for Vince…

        • NoWayHoeSay

          I think Billie is stun tbh

    • Because they’re not doing anything, you barely see them appear, and when they do, it’s just a random singles match that leads them nowhere. To be proper mean girls, they need lots of segments, and the only thing they get is those performance center segments that mean nothing.

      • jabril

        Yeah that’s true. Maybe that’s why I feel so disconnected and confused about what they’re trying to achieve as a heel team .

        • Just look at the most famous mean girls, TBP and LayCool! They worked because they were on TV, had storylines and promos all the time! Iconic Duo barely get that so maybe that’s why!

      • BLKLTR05

        You make a very valid point. They need to be at this next taping and they need to be on every single episode, fucking with everybody.

    • jxs_

      Get out..?

    • Guilherme Soares

      mean girls gimmick with hot girls always work…

    • Malcolm James

      You said nothing but the truth

    • GailKimStan

      Agree. Finally someone who tells it like it is

    • Matt

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    • A?.

      I guess I feel sorry for you but each to their own.

  • NoWayHoeSay

    She will be undefeated longer than Asuka

  • 3???????

    Fatal 5 way . Ember , ruby , Nikki , Payton , & kari . Or maybe 6 pack challenge adding Billie

  • Liam’

    I’m all for this. I’d love for it to be Ember but she came out of her rivalry with Asuka empty handed so she’ll have to stel back and then step up. I’d actually like Peyton to be involved.

  • C Mack

    Peyton vs Kairi. Put Peyton over in a match that lets her show her FULL potential

    • Guilherme Soares

      would be insane! but i wish Nikki, Belair and Mandy too… this 3 are great heels!

    • GOD STRATUS•

      They should finally be able to use the numbers game on sane. I’m on board

    • BC

      Peyton/Billie steaking a win from Kairi would be amazing for their development. Lol.

  • I feel like after Asuka’s long reign I’m alright seeing someone with a short title run.

    • BLKLTR05

      Yeah, the Iconic Duo should do it.

  • Ember should win the title before Kairi. Hell, Nikki Cross should win the title before Kairi; but at least they didn’t just HAND her the title itself.

  • ?too litty?

    It’s suppose to be a multi-women match! I’m excited. Hoping for the Icons, Nikki Cross, Ruby Riot, Ember Moon, Bianca BelAir, maybe Liv, Lacey Evans, or Mandy Rose

  • Danny?

    I’m now hoping Kairi doesn’t win the title at first cause then she could become like Asuka in such that she’s this unbeatable force which doesn’t fit her character. Don’t make Kairi untouchable is what I’m saying. Hoping Peyton, Billie or Nikki win the title next.

  • EYECON

    We all knew this was gonna happen so as long as she doesn’t beat Ember Moon for the title I’m good with this

  • NoWayHoeSay

    Can Mandy please be called up or do somthing ?

  • -V

    I believe Ember will be the one to go against Kairi but it’s interesting to see who’ll be the winner. I feel like The Iconic Duo deserved a title reign before main roster debut but guess that’s not happening..

  • Can’tGetNo…Stratusfaction

    Ladder match with Kairi vs. the main girls from NXT’s crop — Ember, Ruby, Nikki, and the Iconic Duo.

    Book it!

  • Vito

    i love her but i sweat to god if she wins over ember…..

  • Maddox

    Soooooo is Ember about to lose for the third time to a Japanese wrestler at a takeover event? Bet she would Be having nightmares about Japan ?

  • trishlita721

    The real news should be did summer rae have to pay for her ticket or not to the Mae young classic.

    • ThePeaceVibe.

      LoL the rest of the girls chipped in to get her a ticket.

  • Snappy

    Kairi vs. Bianca 2.0 please

  • I’ll reserve judgement until I see where this is headed.

  • ???

    So they will do a tournament with the winner facing Kairi Sane at TakeOver ? Or they’ll choose to push certain people?

    I don’t know, I’m confused. TBH I lost my interest in NXT long ago , I just don’t know what happened it used to be so damn good .. I heard that the writers moved from NXT that why the booking is horrible. But still ! NXT is at the hands of HHH and it’s really that sucks??

    I don’t know what going with WWE , maybe what I’m saying is a little off-topic but I can’t be the only one who is damn pissed at WWE’s booking for the women .. NXT became horrible ever since Alexa, Carmella and Nia Jax leave (in 2016)

    Raw was horrible booking wise but very good in matches quality before Charlotte moved to SD now it’s horrible in both ways , SDL used to have strong and good storylines now it’s boring and useless .. ever since MITB things went down hell and they ruined the first ever MITB for the women .

  • Ryan Stratus

    She should not be competing for the title at Take Over. Its way too soon! I would like to see Ember or Ruby win. Bring Dana Brooke back and give her a push as a dominant Heel. Dana has potential but needs to be built up properly.

    • BLKLTR05

      No. Dana’s time has come and gone. Thank Triple H for that.

      • Ryan Stratus

        She still has potential… she needs to be built up in a huge storyline in NXT. Have her make some kind of history. Make people believe again.

        • BLKLTR05

          Oh for sure she has potential but look at what happened the last time someone went from the MR to NXT, they never made it back. Cameron and Eva Marie both.

          • Diva_Fan

            Eva did come back actually but she just never lasted long when she came back and that was down to her ….

          • BLKLTR05

            But she never wrestled on the main roster after coming back and then she got suspended and then she left.

          • Diva_Fan

            She would have though if she didn’t end up getting herself suspended and doing other stuff outside of Wrestling .

          • BLKLTR05

            True enough but I stand by my comment. Dana should not go back to NXT. She’s not needed there and it wouldn’t help her in any way.

          • ThePeaceVibe.

            Emma went back and then came back to the MR and was actually doing ok with her Becky feud until she had her initial back injury. Granted it’s been pretty much downhill from there but one could argue injuries/a bad gimmick has lead to that.

          • BLKLTR05

            Emma is different though because she didn’t go back to NXT to train to get better, which would be the reason Dana would go back. But you right, Emma did do that…

  • Match of Year Maker

    DON NOT BE HYPOCRITES!!!
    After work their asses to increase Asuka victories, Ruby, Nikki, The Iconic Duo and Ember Moon deserve more the NXT Women’s Championship than Kairi does to be honest.
    Ammmm okey I gotcha, you enter in a tournament, you have good matches then you win the tournament and that means you deserve THE TITLE of a brand which you even haven’t appeared?? Only because you win a tournament means that you deserve to be the champion before THE GIRLS THAT WORKED THEIR ASSES SO HARD TO GET A REACTION AND BE BETTER WEEK AFTER WEEK, seriously for much as I love Kairi she doesn’t deserve the title, not before The Iconic Duo, Nikki, Ruby or Ember.

    • BLKLTR05

      But she probably won’t win though.

      • Match of Year Maker

        Hopefully because that doesn’t fair

        • BLKLTR05

          It wouldn’t but then again when has WWE ever been about fairness. I can see it going one of two ways, she wins and has a spectacular feud with Nikki, Ruby or Ember or she loses and has to claw her way back up the roster only making her even more likeable. If she loses though, I want her to lose to the Iconic Duo. Have them win via dubious methods so that Kairi is somewhat protected still and have them have this months long feud where the Duo finally loses the championship and gets called up.

  • BLKLTR05

    In order fo rthis to not be so one sided, NXT needs to set up their own tournament to find her opponent. Really any of the top 5 girls in NXT right now should and could put on a phenomenal match with Kairi and take the title. By top 5 I mean, Nikki, Ember, Ruby, and the Iconic Duo. Of all of these girls The Iconic Duo NEEDS the build up the most and winning the tournament would be amazing for them without hurting the others. In the tournament, they should be booked to both make it to the finals and have them wrestle each other. Test their friendship if you will. It would work wonders for both women and make them formidable wrestlers for when they go to the main roster.

  • A?.

    So wait, we won’t have a champion until November? ..

  • this is great news for kairi sane and who ever she faces at takeover for the nxt womens title i can actually see her winning the belt

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  • Exotic

    Good, no one else in NXT aside from Nikki and Iconic Duo deserve it.