Io Shirai Beats Candice LeRae, Retains NXT Women’s Title at NXT TakeOver 31 | Bleacher Report

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Io Shirai beat Candice LeRae at NXT TakeOver 31 on Sunday night to retain the NXT Women’s Championship.

LeRae hit the Wicked Stepsister but was unable to get a pinfall because the referee was out of the ring after catching the blowback when LeRae countered a moonsault from Shirai. Johnny Gargano ran down from backstage in an attempt to make an inconsequential count.

As if that weren’t enough, Gargano distracted the official referee long enough for LeRae to slam the title belt into Shirai’s head. Shirai somehow kicked out.

The stunned challenger clearly lost her focus as she was shortly the recipient of a Spanish fly and moonsault as Shirai maintained her spot atop the women’s division.

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