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Kay Lee Ray vs. Io Shirai Teased In A Champion vs. Champion War

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NXT UK Women’s Champion, Kay Lee Ray, is being rumoured for a Champion vs. Champion Match against NXT Women’s Champion, Io Shirai.

On the January 21, 2021, edition of NXT UK, Kay Lee Ray made an emphatic statement about her lengthily reign as champion when she pinned Jinny with the Gory Bomb to retain her strap amidst a mysterious face that appeared on the screen mid-match.

Following the bout, ‘The Scary Queen of Scots’ conducted a WWE.Com Exclusive interview at the WWE UK Performance Center in which she categorically stated that now she was done with the serious challengers in Britain, she wanted to face the best in the world:

“This is something I’ve thought quite a lot about. And as far as I’m concerned, I have beaten everybody that has been put in front of me. So, I’m going to speak to Johnny Saint because I want the best in the world.”

Following this assertion, social media went into meltdown about who Ray had in mind with only Io Shirai coming to mind. Several weeks ago, prior the Japanese marvel’s bout with Rhea Ripley on the black and gold brand, ‘The Genius of the Sky’ mentioned that to be the best in the world she had to beat Rhea first.

There is more to this story, however. In December 2020, the flame haired destroyer responded to a tweet from the NXT Women’s Champion stating in no uncertain terms that:

“She is the best and no one can convince me otherwise.”

Kay Lee Ray vs. Io Shirai is a WrestleMania worthy encounter and a bout we could certainly count on if the brands could do battle in another Worlds Collide outing as we saw in 2020. However with the tease of NXT UK Champion, WALTER, coming to the Wednesday nights and a valentines day NXT TakeOver on the horizon, there is certainly no reason this bout could not happen.

However, Kay Lee Ray may have more on her plate than she bargained for. As mentioned, her defence of the NXT UK Women’s Championship was very briefly interrupted by a technical interference when the screens turned black and displayed a blurred face watching from a dark room. While the identity of the watcher is still to be revealed, it would seem that Ray is about the enter her next and final storyline over her coveted strap.

At time of writing, Kay Lee Ray is on day 511 of her reign as NXT UK Women’s Champion.