Charlotte Flair and Rhea Ripley Steal the Show With an Extremely Physical Match-Up on WWE Money in the Bank 2021

Published 07/19/2021, 7:30 AM EDT


‘The Queen’ Charlotte Flair came back and grabbed what was hers to take. She made history and became a record 14- time women’s champion at WWE Money in the Bank pay-per-view against Rhea Ripley in Fort Worth, Texas.

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The two superstars gave an impeccable performance to a match that people cared little about because of the lack of development going into the match-up.

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The match-up started at a slow pace which evidently received backlash from the fans chanting “We want Becky!”

Despite this reaction, the two athletes grabbed the attention of the WWE Universe with their in-ring storytelling and charisma.

It was not an easy win for ‘The Queen’ as Ripley gave her a very tough time inside the ring. The match which received backlash since the starting from the fans became much more interesting with both of the women resisting to get pinned.

Flair worked on Ripley’s left knee with repeated attacks, eventually giving it more damage while using the steel steps to her leverage. Making the knee a soft spot, Flair used her signature move, a Figure-8 leg lock on Ripley, forcing her opponent to tap out.

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Charlotte Flair made a surprise gesture during the match

The match-up received mixed reactions from the capacity crowd at the Money in the Bank. Starting from the “We want Becky” chant to “This is awesome,” fans really tried to set the tone of the match but the wrestlers never let them have the control.

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It was during the Becky chants when ‘The Queen’ lost her cool and flipped a finger to the crowd present in the arena. This was surprising because WWE is a PG product and has strict rules about these gestures.

WWE had to immediately cut off the feed for a few seconds, and the live crowd just kinda loved it. Surprisingly, the fans started to cheer for the 14-time Women’s champion after this gesture.

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Prithvi Mishra

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Prithvi Mishra is a WWE and AEW author for EssentiallySports. Having started his career as a UFC writer, Prithvi has nearly 2 years worth of experience in covering combat sports. Eventually, Prithvi decided to write for his passion and first love- pro wrestling.

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