Two of the most dominant forces in the black-and-gold brand have been thorns in each other’s sides for months, dating back to NXT TakeOver XXX. González attacked Io Shirai after her title defense against Dakota Kai, but Ripley took issue, stopping “Big Mami Cool’s” assault in its tracks.
Tensions escalated further in last month’s No. 1 Contender’s Battle Royal, as Ripley and González eliminated each other. Ripley later teamed up with Ember Moon to defeat González and Kai, though it did little to quell the hostility between The Nightmare and Kai’s enforcer.
Officials had to restrain them backstage after González finally issued a one-on-one challenge. But now with no one to hold them back, what destruction is in store at NXT Halloween Havoc?