According to a report published by Fightful Select, there was an internal power struggle over the booking of Charlotte Flair earlier in the year.
As per the report, Charlotte’s time in NXT was ruled by those who oversaw the red brand and any and every booking decision the black and gold show made was required to go through Raw management before it was implemented on television.
This lead to numerous ideas for rivalries and matches getting nixed before they reached television, leading to tension between the different booking and writing teams.
One of the scrapped plans would have originally seen Rhea Ripley defeat Charlotte Flair to retain the NXT Championship at WrestleMania 36. However, fearing Flair may be damaged by the result, ‘The Queen’ was booked to go over her Australian counterpart instead.
Fightful also noted that one of the bigger ideas NXT had for Charlotte was to insert Bianca Belair into her storyline with Rhea Ripley sooner than it originally came about. The plan would have seen Ripley pin Belair at WrestleMania, thus retaining without Charlotte having to be involved in the decision.
Based on that idea, it was Io Shirai who was eventually inserted into the tale in the summer, allowing Flair to drop the championship at NXT TakeOver: In Your House without being pinned.