Rhea Ripley, winner of the Royal Rumble, has a chance at redemption when she challenges SmackDown Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair at WrestleMania.
Ripley won the Royal Rumble in spectacular fashion, starting out as the first entrant, lasting a grueling 61 minutes and eight seconds and eliminating No. 2 entrant Liv Morgan to gain victory. Ripley’s win was all the more astonishing since she had been Speared by WWE Hall of Famer Beth Phoenix earlier in the evening.
The following night on Raw, Ripley announced who she would challenge: her fierce rival, Flair.
The Queen and The Nightmare have a rich, albeit one-sided history as Ripley has never beaten Flair. Three years ago, the roles were reversed, as Flair won the 2020 Women’s Royal Rumble Match before challenging then-NXT Women’s Champion Ripley at WrestleMania 36. Ripley lost to Flair on that night and has never beaten her since.
With The Judgment Day by her side, “Mami” has the best chance of dethroning The Queen. Ripley is a much different competitor than three years ago, and her recent run of dominance proves she may come out as the victor.
Can Ripley finally overcome her demons to make Flair’s worst nightmare come true, or will history repeat itself with The Queen staying on top?
.@MsCharlotteWWE doesn't appear to be intimidated by her #WrestleMania opponent @RheaRipley_WWE in the slightest. ??#SmackDown pic.twitter.com/7WezYTzgfJ— WWE (@WWE) March 11, 2023
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