September 21st, 2021
 #RAW – September 20th 2021
RAW – September 20th 2021

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Nikki A.S.H and Rhea Ripley make their entrance. They talk about Connor’s Cure and the V Foundation. Ripley can barely speak for tearing-up. She dedicates their match tonight to children, pediatric cancer patients, and everyone who’s supported the cause.

Tamina grabs Nikki right away and tosses her across the ring. Tamina knocks Rhea off the apron, then tags Natalya so they can hit a Hart Attack for a near-fall. Ripley comes back but Tamina throws her over the top rope. Tamina and Natalya isolate Nikki and make quick tags to stomp Nikki down in the corner. Tamina hits a Samoan drop and goes to the top rope for a splash but Nikki gets her knees up.

Nikki crawls to her corner but Ripley is dead. Natalya tags in and hits Nikki with a rope-assisted atomic drop, then runs over her back and dropkicks her. Tamina tries to attack Ripley again but this time Rhea hits her with a senton off the apron. Ripley hits Tamina with a Riptide onto the apron. Nikki snatches a distracted Natalya with a small package and they win!

WINNERS AND NEW WOMEN’S TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: RHEA RIPLEY & NIKKI A.S.H


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September 7th, 2021
 #RAW – September 6th 2021
RAW – September 6th 2021

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Rhea Ripley and Nikki A.S.H are backsatge and asked about their lack of things in common. Rhea says she believes they have the will to be Champions in common. Nikki says they’re getting closer and Rhea says they might have some gold in common really soon. Nikki shouts that it’s time to unleash “super brutality”.

Nikki starts against Tamina, who isn’t taking her seriously. Tamina toys with Nikki and overpowers her handily. Nikki forearms Tamina but eats a headbutt. Tamina attempts to sit on Nikki but nobody’s home. Nikki hits a seated senton to Tamina and tags Rhea. Ripley throws Nikki at Tamina, who caches her, then the two big women trade blows.

Natalya tags in and again Ripley lifts Nikki up and tries to use her as a weapon. Nikki gets the tag and kicks Natalya back but gets distracted by Tamina. Natalya htis a snapmare and a dropkick to the back. Tamina pulls Ripley off the apron and connects with a big superkick and Rhea crashes into the steel steps. The Champion’s are in charge as we head to the break.

Back live and Tamina misses a tackle in the corner. Natalya tags in and so does Ripley, who hits short-arm clotheslines. Rhea with a snapmare and a hanging dropkick to Natalya after knocking Tamina off the apron. Rhea hits a gut kick, then a northern lights suplex for a near-fall. Nikki tags in and hits a crossbody but Tamina breaks the pin, then Rhea dorpkicks her out of the ring. Natalya hits Ripley with a German suplex. Natalya grabs Nikki and wants the Sharpshooter but Ripley returns for the Riptide and the win!

 

WINNERS: NIKKI A.S.H & RHEA RIPLEY


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August 31st, 2021
 #RAW – August 30th 2021
RAW – August 30th 2021

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Rhea Ripley and she makes her way to the ring for a match after the break.

Before the match starts Nia gets on the apron and says she will splatter both Ripley and Nikki before the night is over, and then she’ll do it to Charlotte Flair. The referee rings the bell and Rhea attacks a distracted Shayna but gets taken down herself. Baszler goes to work on Nia’s wrist and tries to stomp it but Ripley grabs it, only for Shayna to dropkick her.

Ripley looks for a roll-up but Baszler goes back to work on the arm. Baszler knees Ripley in the face for a one-count. Shayna jumps on Rhea’s back and pummels her with rights and lefts. Ripley rolls Baszler up for two but the Queen of Spades fires back with a clothesline. Baszler drags Rhea under the bottom rope, traps her arm in the apron, and stomps on it!

We return to find Baszler wrenching the arm of Ripley. Shayna kicks the shoulder a few times and mocks Nikki. Baszler kicks her more and Rhea starts asking for more, then catches the kick. Ripley lands some short-arm clotheslines followed by a headbutt, snapmare and a dropkick. Rhea hits a northern lights suplex for a two-count.

Ripley tries to shake the feeling into her arm but Baszler snatches her in an armbar. Rhea reaches the ropes but Shayna doesn’t let go and punches her a few times and let’s go at the last second. Nikki tries to encourage Ripley, who grabs Shayna for a Riptide but gets distracted when Nia attacks Nikki at ringside. Baszler rolls-up Rhea for a two and Ripley reverses the pin and wins!

As soon as the match ends, Nia rushes in and clotheslines Rhea hard from behind. Nia lifts Ripley and lands a Samoan drop and poses, while Baszler leaves the ring looking annoyed.

WINNER: RHEA RIPLEY


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August 22nd, 2021
 #Summerslam – August 21st 2021
Summerslam – August 21st 2021

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All three women traded offense early. Flair went for a top rope moonsault but Ripley got her foot up to counter and then nearly hit Nikki with Riptide. Things broke down into a stretch with Ripley and Flair battling one-on-one with Nikki knocked out of the ring. After Flair took Ripley out with a big boot, Nikki hit a big DDT for a near fall. As Ripley and Flair began to battle it out on the floor, Nikki came off the top rope with a crossbody on both women.

Big moves continued to flow from all three women before Flair hit a twisting moonsault from the top rope to the outside onto both of her opponents. Flair locked Ripley in the Figure-Eight back inside the ring but Nikki broke the hold by flying off the top rope. Nikki scored a near fall on Flair but found herself locked in the Figure-Eight seconds later, forced to tap out as Flair once again became champion. This was some very good high-octane wrestling with no real downtime from bell to bell. Flair winning may not excite fans who have already tired of seeing her as champion but it was likely the best possible result here.


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August 17th, 2021
 #RAW – August 16th 2021
RAW – August 16th 2021

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Just as the bell rings, Charlotte Flair comes out to watch the match on commentary. They lock-up and Ripley slams Nikki down. Rhea continues to use her strength and throw Nikki around but A.S.H hits a sliced bread bulldog and Ripley rolls out. Nikki goes to the apron and kicks Rhea back, then dives on her with a crossbody before staring at Flair.

Ripley drops Nikki with a clothesline. Rhea hits a stalling vertical suplex for a two-count. Ripley lifts Nikki into a bear hug. Nikki fights free and hits a wheelbarrow roll-up for two. Nikki goes to the middle rope and lands a tornado DDT for a two-count. Ripley hits a northern lights suplex for a two-count, then hits the Riptide out of nowhere for the win.

After the match Charlotte starts mocking Nikki, but A.S.H dives onto her from ringside and tosses her into the ring. Nikki and Ripley beat on Charlotte and dump her out of the ring.

WINNER: RHEA RIPLEY

Ripley and Nikki A.S.H are back in the ring, along with Charltote Flair, whose mystery partner is Nia Jax.

We start with Nia and Nikki and Jax makes fun of the Champion before shoving her face. Nikki forearms Jax a few times but gets shoved onto her back. Nikki get dropped in the corner and eats some stink face. Jax throws Nikki out of the ring and Charlotte drops her with a big boot.

*Commercial Break*

Ripley tags in against Charlotte and hits some short-arm lariats. Ripley lands a headbutt, snapmare, knocks Jax off the apron, and dropkicks Flair. Ripley hits a spin kick to the face, then a northern lights suplex for a two-count. Flair elbows Rhea and the Nightmare goes up top for a missiledropkick but nobody’s home.

We see Shayna Baszler watching on a monitor backstage and Nia tags back in. Jax slams Ripley, then goes to the middle rope for a Vader Bomb but Charlotte tags herslef in. Flair knocks Nikki off the apron and hits Ripley with Natural Selection for the win.

WINNERS: CHARLOTTE FLAIR & NIA JAX


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August 15th, 2021
 #RAW – August 9th 2021
RAW – August 9th 2021

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Rhea Ripley is backstage and stopped for an interview. She’s asked about facing Nikki and she says she has to give it to her, she handled herself well against Charlotte. Being almost a superhero is great but it’s not enough to beat her.

They lock-up and Ripley uses her strength to take control. Rhea shoulders Nikki in the corner and holds her there. Nikki shoves Ripley but eats a knee for her trouble. Rhea whips her hard into the buckles and Nikki’s ribs are still hurting from last week. Ripley throws her from the ring and goes out to slam her into the apron.

Ripley slams Nikki down and beats her injured ribs with knees and forearms. Nikki comes back with a snap DDT and both women are down. Nikki punches Ripley a few times and hits a tilt-a-whirl. Rhea gets rolled-up for a two-count, then she kicks Nikki in the ribs. Rhea wants the Riptide but Nikki counters with a crossbody for a near-fall. Ripley takes Nikki to the top rope but gets knocked off. Suddenly Charlotte appears and shoves Nikki off the ropes.

Charlotte comes into the ring and boots Ripley, then Nikki. Charlotte hits Ripley with Natural Selection, then lifts the title and holds it up.

WINNER VIA DISQUALIFICATION: NIKKI A.S.H


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July 20th, 2021
 #RAW – July 19th 2021
RAW – July 19th 2021

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Charlotte Flair makes her entrance.

She gets on the mic and talks about how proud she is to be your new Raw Women’s Champion. Rhea Ripley can do as many of her moves as she likes, but she’ll never live up to the original. She adds up all of her title reigns and proclaims herself the only 11-time women’s champion in the history of WWE. She goes on about beating Rhea—

Rhea Ripley makes her entrance.

Flair points out she left victorious with the title while Ripley was writhing in agony with her hurt knee like a little girl.

Adam Pearce and Sonya Deville come down.

Deville congratulates Charlotte on being an 11-time champion and Pearce points out she just said she could beat Rhea any night of the week, and if Ripley is up for the challenge, then she should be too, so the match is official! Flair kicks Ripley’s leg out of her leg and storms off!

Ripley ducks a lariat, big lifting facebuster into grounded punches, Flair gets away and kicks her in the midsection for some breathing room! Whip to the corner, charging in, sidestepped, Stinger Splash from Rhea sets up shoulder thrusts! Slugging it out in a wristlock, punches give way to a big knee from the champ, whip to the corner, Rhea explodes out with a dropkick for two!

Cravate applied, Charlotte slips out and smashes her face into the turnbuckles before hammering her with a hard chop! Smashing her into the turnbuckles, suplex reversed into an inside cradle, Front chancery, suplex lift, Flair floats over, Rhea ducks a lariat and hits a German suplex! Off the ropes, basement dropkick, cover for two!

Hard whip, clothesline to the floor, Ripley back up on the apron but Charlotte targets the injured leg to kick her back to the floor! Sliding out after her, chop blocking Rhea as Rhea writhes in agony clutching her knee, Flair throws her back inside, but referee Chad Patton backs her off so he can check on her leg as we go to break.

Back from commercial, Flair is working Ripley’s leg in the corner, wrenching it over the ropes and dropping a knee across it! Putting boots to the knee, spinning toehold, kicked into the corner and Charlotte is staggered on the turnbuckles! Short German suplex, Rhea slow to capitalize from her injured leg! Flair hammering her with forearms, Ripley catches her with a series of short-arm lariats ending with the ripcord kick!

Bridging northern lights suplex an STO backbreaker out of the corner, Charlotte follows it with a big boot! Moving her into position, Flair goes up top, hits the moonsault but Ripley’s knees were up, Ripley slaps some life back into her knee, spinning toehold into the figure four leglock! Flair rolls over and reverses the pressure!

Putting boots to Rhea after the break, chops back her into the corner, Ripley kicks her away, kick to the midsection, pumphandle… Riptide but she’s too close to the ropes and Flair gets a boot on them Charlotte grabs her title and decides she’s just walking, Ripley gives chase, Flair blasts her with the belt Rhea attacks Flair and they brawl around ringside! Riptide, Ripley throws Charlotte in the ring, Nikki ASH is here!

Rhea Ripley wins by disqualification.


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July 19th, 2021
 #Money In The Bank – July 18 2021
Money In The Bank – July 18 2021

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We go back to the ring and out first comes RAW Women’s Champion Rhea Ripley. We see how she won the title from Asuka at WrestleMania 37. Out next comes Charlotte Flair. She stops and poses on the ramp as the pyro goes off. We see stills from some of Flair’s big title win over the years. We get formal ring introductions from Rome.

The bell rings and they stare each other down. Ripley smirks at Flair. They lock up and go at it, then break. The crowd gives Flair some heat and she responds by giving them the middle finger, which WWE tries to black out. Ripley headbutts Flair after a lock up. Flair rocks her. Ripley slaps back. Ripley taunts Flair after rocking her. Ripley dropkicks Flair now.

Flair and Ripley trade shots on the apron. Ripley gets the upperhand and runs the ropes to dropkick Flair from the apron to the floor. Ripley follows but Flair sends her landing hard on the ground. Flair dropkicks Ripley against the barrier while she’s down. Flair brings it back in for a quick 1 count. Flair with a t-bone suplex into the corner. Flair shows off a bit and then stomps away while Ripley is down in the corner. Flair covers for another 1 count.

Flair grounds Ripley with a headlock now. Flair with more offense and showing off. She taunts Ripley, telling her to get up. Ripley fights back from the mat. They slug each other as the crowd chants for Ripley, which distracts Flair a bit. Ripley tries to grab from behind but she gets sent to the corner. Fans do some dueling chants now. Ripley with a big back elbow. Ripley counters while backed against the ropes, and dumps Flair over the top rope to the floor.

Ripley takes Flair down at ringside and yells out. They bring it back in the ring and Ripley delivers two short-arm clotheslines. Flair fights back but Ripley headbutts her. Ripley gets a pop and delivers knee strikes. Flair blocks a knee but Ripely kicks her. Ripley with a Northern Lights suplex for 2. More back and forth in the middle of the ring now. Ripley with a big German suplex.

Ripley goes to the top for the missile dropkick but Flair side-steps. Flair with a Boston Crab now. Ripley powers out and holds it for a 2 count. Flair with a single-leg takedown. Ripley counters the Figure Four for a 2 count. Flair levels Ripley with a jumping big boot for a close 2 count. Flair has a few words with the referee. Flair ends up on Ripley’s shoulders from the corner. Flair slides down for a sunset flip but Ripley powers up and eventually turns that into a big vertical suplex. Flair kicks out at 2. They trade big strikes on their feet now. Flair tells Ripley to bring it and Ripley unloads with big stiff strikes. Flair comes back and sends Ripley to the floor.

Flair gets emotional now. She runs with a big boot to kick Ripley off the apron back to the floor. Flair is hyped up now. Flair goes to the top and delivers the moonsault from the top to the floor, taking Ripley back down as fans cheer her on with a big pop. Flair brings Ripley back in the ring but Ripley blocks Natural Selection. Ripley turns that into her Prism inverted Cloverleaf submission. Flair rolls through for a 2 count. Ripley goes for Riptide but Flair turns it into a big DDT for a close 2 count.

Flair can’t believe the kick out. Fans chant “this is awesome!” as Flair sits up and Ripley begins to recover. Flair talks some trash and pounds on Ripley. Ripley fights up from her knees as they trade big strikes in the middle of the ring. Flair with signature Flair chops. Ripley with an elbow to the face. Flair drops her with an elbow and puts her feet on the ropes for leverage but the referee catches her and stops the count. Flair gets in the face of the referee but backs off. Ripley kicks Flair from the mat, sending her stumbling into the corner.

Ripley with big shoulder thrusts in the corner now. Ripley takes Flair to the top and works her over. Flair fights back but Ripley keeps control and climbs up. Ripley goes for the superplex but Flair knocks her to the mat. Flair hits a super Natural Selection from the top but Ripley still kicks out. Flair can’t believe it. Fans in the crowd are also shocked.

Fans chant “this is awesome!” now as Flair sits there on the mat. Ripley begins to recover. Flair nods at the crowd and stalks Ripley now. Flair goes for the Figure Four but Ripley counters and launches her back into the turnbuckles. Flair is on the floor now, trying to recover. Ripley rallies and gets hyped up. Ripley grabs Flair from the mat but Flair slams her head into the ring post. Flair traps Ripley’s leg between the ring post and the steel steps, and kicks it several times.

Flair returns to the ring and applies the Figure Four in the middle of the ring. She bridges into the Figure Eight as Ripley screams out. The referee checks on her and Ripley finally taps out for the finish.

Winner and New RAW Women’s Champion: Charlotte Flair


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July 17th, 2021
 #Rhea Ripley Talks WWE Money in the Bank, Fans Returning, Arriving on Raw, More
Rhea Ripley Talks WWE Money in the Bank, Fans Returning, Arriving on Raw, More

In just four months on the main roster, Raw Women’s champion Rhea Ripley has already proved herself to be a dominant force in WWE’s women’s division.

She’s overcome every obstacle put in front of her thus far, with Charlotte Flair being the one challenger she can’t conquer. Despite exchanging victories in various multi-person matches over the last two years, she’s never been able to pin The Queen one-on-one.

Ripley intends to right that wrong at Money in the Bank this Sunday, July 18, when they face off yet again with the Raw Women’s Championship up for grabs. A decisive win would certainly cement Ripley’s spot on the Raw roster as well as her superiority over Flair once and for all.

Beyond that, the sky is the limit for the former NXT and NXT UK Women’s champ. At only 24-years-old, she’s accomplished so much and has her entire career ahead of her—but she also has to find her footing on the grand stage of WWE and ensure she stays the course on the path to superstardom.

Ahead of her upcoming Raw Women’s title defense, Ripley spoke with Bleacher Report about being excited for fans returning starting this weekend, confusion surrounding the dynamic of her feud with Flair, adjusting to life on Raw and more.

Check out the complete audio of the interview on the next slide, and read on for the highlights.

Competing Against Charlotte Flair for the First Time in Front of Fans

Rhea Ripley and Charlotte Flair first interacted in the buildup to Survivor Series 2019. That paved the way for Ripley to challenge Charlotte to a match for Ripley’s NXT Women’s Championship at WrestleMania 36 in front of what was supposed to be a capacity crowd at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.

Due to the circumstances surrounding the rapidly-developing pandemic, WrestleMania had to be moved to the Performance Center a few weeks ahead of the event. Ripley vs. Flair went on as planned but without a crowd—and yet they still managed to have one of the most memorable matches all weekend.

Their most recent one-on-one encounter went down at Hell in a Cell last month inside the ThunderDome and saw Charlotte pick up the disqualification win. Money in the Bank on July 18 will mark the first time they’ve ever squared off with an actual audience in attendance.

Despite the change in atmosphere, Ripley has no doubt that the fans will fuel them to have their best bout to date.

“[The crowd is] definitely going to rev both of us up a lot more, which is going to be interesting,” she said. “Every time we step in the ring, we’re already pretty revved up at each other, so I feel like this one is definitely going to be brutal and we’re going to get a lot of adrenaline from fans in attendance. We’re going to go completely ham I reckon. We’re just going to try to obliterate each other until the very end.”

Not only does Ripely promise to walk out still the Raw Women’s champion, she’s looking forward to connecting with a crowd again for the first time in over a year and feeding off their energy as she puts her archrival down for the three count.

“It’s been so different going to the ThunderDome and working there because it sounds different to how it could be,” she said. “You don’t ever know if what you’re hearing is correct. When you’re in front of a crowd, the sound that you hear is exactly how they’re feeling. I really do miss connecting with the crowd in that way and hearing if they like or dislike something and being able to look at them in the first, second, third row and being able to make eye contact and make them feel something they didn’t know they could feel or vice versa. They bring something out of all of us performers, and it’s definitely been something that’s been missed.”

Not Knowing How Fans Will React to Her and Whether She’s a Face or a Heel

Ripley’s last year in WWE has had its fair share of ups and downs. Following a hot stretch at the start of 2020, she was without her NXT Women’s Championship and also without momentum for the better part of the year.

It wasn’t until 2021 arrived that she caught fire again with her strong showing in the women’s Royal Rumble match and subsequent Raw debut. As excited as she is for WWE to return to the road, one thing she’s unsure about is how the audience is going to react to her given everything that’s happened with her on Raw since she became Raw Women’s champion at WrestleMania 37.

“It’s been completely wild to say the least,” she said about her experience of the pandemic period. “It’s been so strange at times, not knowing how anyone is feeling. I’m very intrigued for this Sunday to see how people react when I walk out. Honestly, I’m not too sure how people feel about me right now. I know a lot of people didn’t really know me too well before I came to Raw, so a lot of people may not know exactly who I am, and I’m here to show them exactly who I am.

“I can’t wait to possibly change their minds and make them back me up and cheer for me and believe in me because they should,” she continued. “I’m here to stay, and I’m the Raw Women’s champion.”

Fans have cited confusion during the Charlotte vs. Ripley rivalry as one of the reasons they aren’t anticipating their matches as much as they should be. Neither of them have come off as likable due to the booking, making it more difficult for the audience to determine who to cheer for in the feud.

“People just have to pick one,” Ripley responded. “It’s the same with Stone Cold. Was he really going out being such a nice guy? No, he wasn’t, and people loved him for it, so I don’t see why people are getting so angry about my feud with Charlotte and getting so confused over it when I’m pretty much doing the same thing I was doing in NXT and people loved me for it. I don’t believe there should be designated faces and heels. People should go out there and do their thing and you choose whether you like that person or not.”

Ripley simply wants to fight and prove her point, and she intends to do just that at Money in the Bank.

Becoming the Rhea Ripley of Old

The Rhea Ripely of NXT was vastly different from the Rhea Ripley of NXT UK. Upon arriving on the NXT UK scene, she immediately made a star out of herself by targeting the best (and beloved), winning the top title and doing whatever was necessary to remain champion.

She altered her attitude once she made the move over to NXT in 2019 and started to endear herself to the audience more than she had previously. She was still successful but lacked that killer instinct she has since regained on Raw.

“If you don’t care about me, I’m not going to care about you, and I bet you’ll come crawling back and want to be a part of my fan group,” Ripley said about her detractors. “That’s sort of what my mentality was going to Raw. I was trying to find myself and find my confidence because in NXT UK, I had such a strong aura of confidence around me, and I really did miss that Rhea Ripley from those days. And I tried to be the same Rhea Ripley I was then because that’s when I feel I was my strongest and my healthiest and I accomplished so much in my career. That’s all I want to do: I want to accomplish things, I want to make history, I want to hit my goals and do everything there is to be done.”

Her journey through the ranks of WWE has been nothing short of inspiring. At 20, she wrestled in the first Mae Young Classic and didn’t know if she’d continue with wrestling before overcoming the doubt and believing in herself.

“I’m so proud of myself for pushing through the hard times and not forgetting who I was as a person and building that confidence within myself,” Ripley said. “I never stopped believing in my abilities, even when others didn’t want to believe in them. I’m glad I kept going and tried to stay somewhat positive in my darker times because without that, I wouldn’t be the Rhea Ripley you see today.

“I wouldn’t be so accomplished, and I wouldn’t have been these champions that you see and someone that people actually look up to, which I think is wild,” she continued. “I’m 24-years-old, and I have 35-years-olds saying, ‘I want to be Rhea Ripley when I grow up,’ which is just insane to me.”

Adjusting to the Main Roster and Whether She’s Found Her Footing Yet

Although Ripley has held the Raw Women’s Championship for almost her entire run on Raw so far, she admits that she has yet to completely find her footing on the main roster.

“[The main roster is] completely different. I didn’t think it’d be so different,” she said. “I’m still trying to find my footing. It’s nearly there, it’s nearly there. It’s so unpredictable, and that’s something I’m not used to just yet. It’s also got a different stress level to it because there are more eyes on it. Before, I didn’t realize how many people watched Raw and SmackDown and how many people watched NXT. Now I’m getting the picture of how many more people are tuning in to Raw and SmackDown that puts a lot more stress and pressure on myself to perform and do fantastic, especially being a perfectionist as I am.”

The Mosh Pit Kid is growing more and more as a performer with every appearance she makes on WWE TV. She’s making the most of the material she’s given and is having standout matches with everyone she steps in the ring with, most recently Natalya on the July 12 edition of Raw.

She could have been called up a year ago to the Raw roster from NXT and been just fine based on how well she fared against Charlotte Flair at WrestleMania 36. However, WWE waited until the time was right, which just so happened to be on the road to WrestleMania 37.

After being the last one eliminated by Bianca Belair in the women’s Royal Rumble match, Ripley disappeared from WWE TV until randomly being brought up to Raw weeks ahead of ‘Mania for a Raw Women’s title opportunity. She revealed that she was as shocked as anyone by the development.

“I had no idea what was going on,” she said. “I was pretty much just showing up, trying to make a good impression and then chilling in catering, eating too much food and getting a little bit chubby. I didn’t know what was going on and I did think I would be saved for after WrestleMania because I was like, ‘There’s no way they’ll have time to build something up before WrestleMania for me, so it’ll probably be after WrestleMania that I pop up.’

“Then, they started doing the vignettes, and I said, ‘All right, it will probably still be after WrestleMania,'” she added. “And then my time just came. I confronted Asuka, she accepted and I had a WrestleMania match and I was like, ‘Oh, damn. That’s pretty cool. I get to wrestle someone I’ve wanted to wrestle for the longest time, and I get to go to WrestleMania again and actually get to be in front of a crowd.'”

Vince McMahon’s Advice to Her and Thoughts on the Recent NXT Call-Ups

Some NXT call-ups are affected more than others on the main roster. By and large, Ripley has been handled fairly well and hasn’t had to change much about her character, presentation or appearance.

Other than encouraging her to continue being herself, the biggest piece of advice Vince McMahon has bestowed upon her, Ripley reveals, is to do more smiling.

“He’s sort of been pretty happy with what I’ve been doing,” she said. “He likes my aggression, which is something that comes to me pretty easily which I’m sort of thankful for. But one thing he says is to try to smile more, which is something I’m still trying to learn.”

She isn’t the only former NXT UK star to grace the main roster this year. Since Ripley made her way over to Raw, Doudrop (f.k.a. NXT UK’s Piper Niven) and Toni Storm have also joined the Raw and SmackDown rosters, respectively.

Ripley has waged war with both women on countless occasions and couldn’t be happier for their success. She looks forward to facing both of them again very soon, along with other recent NXT call-ups Tegan Nox and Shotzi Blackheart.

“I’m loving it, I’m absolutely loving it,” she said. “It’s so nice to see other girls making their way to Raw and SmackDown, and it’s well-deserved, it really is. They’re such great competitors and they’re so good at what they do. They finally have that platform to finally show the world what they’ve been working for for years. I’m excited to see what the future brings for them.”


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July 13th, 2021
 #RAW – July 12th 2021
RAW – July 12th 2021

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Rhea Ripley is interviewed backstage and she says Natalya challenged her and she’s not someone to back down from a challenge. As for Charlotte, she’s exposed her as a crybaby and on Sunday she ends the feud.

Ripley and Natalya battle for control with lots of holds and reversals. Ripley eventually hits Nattie with a headbutt that drops her. Rhea wants the Riptide early but Natalya counters and wants the Sharpshooter but gets kicked from the ring. Ripley goes outside and runs for a dropkick but accidentally hits Tamina. Natalya hits a discus clothesline to the Champ on the floor.

They’re abttling on the top rope and Ripley knocks Natie off before connecting with a missile dropkick. Ripley misses a splash in the corner but drops Natalya for a two-count. Ripley knees Natalya and hits a Northern lights suplex for a near-fall. Natalya catches Rhea with a sit-out powerbmb for a two-count. Natalya hits an atomic drop and runs over her back but Ripley avoids the dropkick.

Ripley lifts Natalya and applies the Prism Trap but Nattie counters by rolling her up for two. Natalya applies the Sharpshooter but Ripley kicks her off and into the buckles. Rhea hits a unique up-kick to Natalya before landing the Riptide for the win.

After the match, Rhea is caught with a chop block by Charlotte Flair! The Queen throws her jacket at Ripley and takes her down to apply the Figure Four. Charlotte drags herself under the bottom rope and hangs by the apron with the Figure Four applied as Rhea screams. Charlotte releases and smiles at Ripley, who looks furious.

WINNER: RHEA RIPLEY


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