This past Sunday at NXT TakeOver: In Your House, Charlotte Flair lost the NXT Women's Title in a triple threat match to Io Shirai. The match also featured Rhea Ripley, who ended up taking the fall in the bout.
Many wondered why Charlotte needed the title if she wasn't going to put over the eventual champion. Triple H explained the thinking of not having Charlotte take the pinfall on the post-TakeOver media call.
"For me, it's part of the long-term storytelling. Things can happen over the next two-four months that change the direction, but the intent is knowing where we're going, how we want to get there, and the storytelling to get there. That finish was done the way it was done for a very specific reason. Some people will read into it by going, 'Oh, Charlotte can't even get beat.' The whole rhetoric of Charlotte Flair, her dad, and her name is garbage. She works as hard as anybody I've ever seen. She's a great performer and deserves everything she's ever gotten and has. Hopefully, if we get to tell the story we want to over the coming months, three or four months from now you'll go, 'I know exactly why they did the finish they did,'" he said.
Triple H previously defended Charlotte winning the NXT Women's Title, saying her beating Ripley was good for Ripley's character. You can find his full comments by clicking here.
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