Rhea Ripley is set to go one on one with Charlotte Flair for the NXT Women's Championship at WrestleMania 36. She was not scheduled to defend the title until then, seemingly ensuring that she will make it to The Showcase Of The Immortals as champion.
This is no longer the case, however, as Madison Square Garden is advertising that Ripley will defend her title against Bianca Belair on the Road To WrestleMania house show on March 22. The EST Of NXT has been intertwined in Ripley's and Flair's rivalry since it began, and if Belair wins, the Mania match could become a Triple Threat.
While some will doubt that a title will change hands at a live event, at the last MSG show, Andrade defeated Rey Mysterio for the United States Championship and he has remained champion ever since.
The full card for the Road To WrestleMania show on March 22 is as follows:
•Drew McIntyre vs. Randy Orton
•Rhea Ripley (c) vs. Bianca Belair - NXT Women's Championship
•The Kabuki Warriors (c) vs. Becky Lynch & Charlotte Flair - Women's Tag Team Championships
•Seth Rollins, Murphy & AOP vs. The Viking Raiders, Kevin Owens & Aleister Black - Eight Man Elimination Tag Team Match
•The Street Profits & Ricochet vs. The O.C.
D-Generation X are also scheduled to appear along with Shayna Baszler, Andrade, Zelina Vega, Bobby Lashley, and Natalya.