The finish to the WWE NXT TakeOver: In Your House main event was a surprise to some fans because the feeling among some people was that Rhea Ripley needed to get a win back on Charlotte Flair since Flair beat Ripley at WrestleMania.
The whole idea behind bringing Flair to NXT was to boost the ratings for the show and to elevate other women on the roster. At TakeOver, Flair was not involved in the finish and Io Shirai won the NXT Women’s Championship by pinning Ripley.
During the TakeOver: In Your House post-show conference call, Triple H explained why Flair was not pinned.
“The finish was done the way it was done tonight for a very specific reason. Some people will read into that an say, ‘Jeez Charlotte can’t even get beat by — now to me that whole rhetoric with her name and stuff and being Charlotte Flair and her dad and her name and all that stuff is garbage — she works as hard as anybody I’ve ever seen. She’s a great performer she deserves everything she’s ever gotten and has. This was done for very specific reasons for storytelling purposes and hopefully, if we get to tell the story the way we want to over the next coming months I think three or four months from now hopefully you’ll go ‘I know exactly why they did the finish that they did.'”
It sounds like Flair is not done with NXT and there are plans to do more with her. If things continue according to the schedule, the next TakeOver event will happen during SummerSlam weekend. So if there is a bigger payoff then one would think that SummerSlam weekend is when they will pull the trigger on whatever they have planned for Flair and/or Ripley.
Thanks to Ringside News for the quote.