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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June 29th, 2021
 #RAW – June 28th 2021
RAW – June 28th 2021

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A brawl broke out with all six women before the ref could even call for the bell. They paired off and battled all around the ring as the sole official tried desperately to control the situation. He eventually just stayed out of the ring because he knew it was futile.

We returned to see the match finally underway with Rose and Nattie in the ring. The Golden Goddess countered a Sharpshooter and tagged in Brooke to hit a headscissor takedown.

Charlotte made a blind tag and helped take out Brooke at ringside. Ripley avoided a cheap shot from The Queen but Charlotte remained in control. The women’s tag champs took turns beating her up in their corner.

Rose tagged in but was quickly grounded with a Big Boot from The Queen that scored her the win. Ripley hit her with a chop block after the match was over just to get the last laugh.


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June 23rd, 2021
 #RAW – June 21st 2021
RAW – June 21st 2021

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Deville and Pearce are in the ring and they summon Ripley. They say she blatantly broke the rules last night in order to retain her title and that’s unacceptable. Ripley says she just did what Charlotte would do. Flair comes to the stage and she says she isn’t mad, in fact she respects what Ripley did. It was the first time she showed that she’s a strategic competitor. But make no mistake about it, she will destroy her next time. Deville makes the rematch official for Money In The Bank.


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June 21st, 2021
 #Hell In A Cell – June 20th 2021
Hell In A Cell – June 20th 2021

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Flair attacked Ripley with the title before the match officially got started. They went back and forth and when Flair got on offense, she worked on Ripley’s left leg.

The first near fall came after Flair hit Ripley with the Natural Selection. Flair tried to get leverage by putting her leg on the middle rope but Ripley still kicked out. Flair missed a moonsault off the top but she adjusted and did a flip onto Ripley into a pin attempt.

Ripley continued to favor the left leg throughout the match. Flair dropkicked the leg into the steel steps so that made things worse. Flair locked in the figure four but Ripley was able to grab the rope. Ripley then dragged Flair out of the ring and then she was disqualiied when she hit Flair with the cover for the announcer’s desk. Ripley attacked Flair after the match. It looks like they will do this match again soon.


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June 15th, 2021
 #RAW – June 14th 2021
RAW – June 14th 2021

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The music of the Raw Women’s Champion Rhea Ripley hits, distracting Flair. Cross rolls Flair up for a one count. Flair quickly knocks Cross out of the ring and sends her into the barricade before taunting Ripley. Flair continues to attack Cross and puts her in the ring.

We return from the break to see Flair applying a chin lock. Cross fights up and cradles Flair for a near fall. Flair takes her down and chokes Cross on the ropes in front of Rhea Ripley, who is seated at ringside. Flair chops at her and accidentally hits her in the ear. Cross tries to roll Flair up, but Flair stops it and stomps the chest. Flair props Cross up on the top rope and chops her. Flair talks a little trash to Ripley as well. Cross fights Flair back and boots her in the face. Cross then hits a tornado DDT, knocking Flair out of the ring. Cross goes to the apron and tries for a cross-body block, but Flair catches her. Flair holds her up and smiles at Ripley. Ripley just smiles. Flair then hits a fall-away slam on the floor. Flair taunts Ripley and gets counted out. Cross got back in the ring.

Cross celebrates at ringside before Flair big boots her down. Flair gets her in the ring and elbows away at her face. Flair goes for the Figure Eight, but Ripley runs in and hits the Riptide.

Raw Women’s Champion Rhea Ripley says to Sarah Schreiber that she’s going to send Charlotte Flair to the back of the line after this Sunday.

Asuka outsmarts Ripley and gloats to start the match. Ripley fights back and absorbs a clothesline, so Asuka goes to an octopus stretch. Ripley fights out and takes Asuka down for a two count. Ripley hits some short-arm clotheslines until Asuka fights back. Asuka goes for a whip, but Ripley puts the brakes on. Ripley goes for a corner dropkick, but she crashes and burns when Asuka moves. Ripley avoids an attack at ringside. Ripley blocks a kick and puts Asuka in the electric chair before slamming her off the barricade.

We return from the break and Asuka soon hits a hip attack on Ripley for a two count. Ripley comes back with a northern lights suplex for a near fall. Asuka hits a throw and a sliding kick for a near fall. Ripley eventually fights back at Asuka and hits the Riptide for the win.

Immediately after the bell rings, Charlotte Flair attacks Ripley. They get into a huge brawl that has to be broken up by officials. Flair’s nose got busted in the ordeal.

Winner by Pinfall: Raw Women’s Champion Rhea Ripley


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June 8th, 2021
 #RAW – June 7th 2021
RAW – June 7th 2021

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Adam Pearce and Sonya Deville are interrupted by Charlotte backstage and she asks for her loss to Nikki Cross to be stricken from the record because she was goaded into that match. They refuse and she says they’re just jealous but asks for a rematch. Rhea Ripley appears and says, unlike Charlotte, she respects Nikki Cross. Deville suggests they team-up to face Nikki and a partner of her choosing and they reluctantly agree.

Rhea Ripley and Charlotte are backstage and Flair tells the Champion to follow her lead. Rhea isn’t interested and says her Championship means more than Charlotte’s experience, so she can follow her lead.

We start with Charlotte and Nikki and they lock-up but Flair immediately shoves her down. Ripley tags in and she locks-up with Cross and slams her down face-first. Cross tries to roll her up but Ripley kicks out. Cross ducks Ripley and tags Asuka. After a lock-up, Asuka avoids her and dances, but Ripley strikes her. Asuka counters Ripley and applies a Black Widow submission but Rhea breaks it and slams her.

Charlotte tags herself in but Asuka tags Cross and they double-team her. Nikki and Asuka make use of quick tags until Flair takes a headlock on the Empress but Rhea tags herself in again. Asuka knocks Ripley from the ring and Charlotte comes of the apron to mock her and Rhea shoves her. Rhea looks to get back in the ring but Charlotte rips her back off and drills her with a forearm in the face.

Back live and Flair and Ripley are tagging themselves in and attacking Cross while taunting each other. Ripley hits a stalling vertical suplex and waves at Flair while holding the Scot up. Ripley hard tags Flair in and Cross catches her with a jawbreaker. Flair ducks an enzuigiri and goes after Asuka, but Asuka avoids her. Flair lifts Cross and accidentally hits Ripley with Cross’ feet, and the Champion isn’t happy. Cross rolls Flair up for a near-fall, then Rhea tags in but Cross hits her with a bulldog as well.

Asuka tags in and attacks Ripley before knocking Flair off the apron and hitting Ripley with a facebuster. Ripley reverses a kick and hits a northern lights suplex for a near-fall. Cross makes a tag and hits a crossbody but Ripley kicks out. Flair throws Cross out of the ring and tells Ripley to tag her in. The Champion doesn’t want to, so she and Flair get into a brawl. Ripley goes for the Riptide but Flair rakes the eyes and hits Natural Selection. Cross covers Ripley for the win.

WINNERS: NIKKI CROSS & ASUKA


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June 1st, 2021
 #RAW – May 31st 2021
RAW – May 31st 2021

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Charlotte says Rhea Ripley’s had a nice run but it’s over. In a few weeks she’ll be sending her to Hell. Ripley comes down to the ring and Charlotte looks miffed. Ripley says Charlotte can go to Hell and they come face-to-face. Miz tries to ease the situation and gets them to sit. Miz asks Rhea who she is and John makes a joke about garlic but Ripley just says she’s a nightmare for the entire division. We see footage of Rhea unable to beat Nikki Cross in two minutes last week. Charlotte laughs and says if she couldn’t beat Cross, she’ll never beat her.

Nikki Cross comes down to the ring and apologises for interrupting. She says she beat the RAW Women’s Champion last week, so it’s only fair she get the first title shot to the winner of the match at Hell In A Cell. Rhea says if there had been four minutes on the clock, Cross wouldn’t even be standing this week, but she did earn her respect. Cross says she could beat Charlotte in two minutes as well. Charlotte laughs and says she could beat her in one minute but Cross slaps her. Flair says she’s on.

*Commercial Break*

The match begins and Charlotte tries to grab her but Cross ducks it and rolls from the ring. Cross taunts Charlotte until she goes out, then Nikki rolls back in and dances. Ripley is at ringside and she taps her watch at Charlotte, who goes for Cross again but can’t catch her. There’s one minute left and Nikki hides behind Ripley, who stands in Charlotte’s way.

Ripley and Flair argue and Cross runs back into the ring. Charlotte manages to catch Nikki with a knee, then drops her with a forearm. Flair puts Cross on the top rope but Nikki punches her a few times and hits a tornado DDT. Charlotte drops her and tries to apply a Figure Four but the time runs out and she looks mortified with herself. After Nikki wins, Charlotte turns to Rhea, blaming her for what just happened, as Rhea is yelling that Charlotte is nothing but a loser that’s why she lost.

WINNER: NIKKI CROSS


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