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Rhea Ripley is one of the most popular wrestlers today and WWE has placed her in consequential positions in its programming over the past two years. She was the reigning WWE Women’s World Champion and had just defeated Becky Lynch at WrestleMania 40 but, unfortunately, her command came to an unfortunate end.

A few hours before the start of Monday Night RAW, it was reported from PWInsider that Rhea Ripley had suffered an injury a week before and WWE was considering the possibility that she would have to vacate her title due to the severity of it. Despite the doubts that there were among some fans, the news ended up being confirmed, and Ripley vacated her title. But how did she get injured? Was it during a match? Let’s find out.

The End of Ripley’s reign

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Rhea Ripley opened the RAW show with her left arm in a sling and with a face that indicated that the situation was very complicated for her. Once in the ring, with Adam Pearce by her side, she announced that Liv Morgan’s attack last week caused her an injury that will have her “on the bench” for a few months and, consequently, she has to vacate the WWE Women’s World Championship. And according to several sources, Ripley picked up the injury when she was thrown into a wall twice by Liv Morgan as she attacked the champion backstage.

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The Brutality had defended the belt just ten days ago at WrestleMania XL. Ripley defeated Becky Lynch in the opening of the first night of The Showcase of Immortals to round out the first year of her reign. With this vacating of the belt, Ripley ends a reign of 381 days and ten title defenses since her victory at WrestleMania 39 (Night 1). Ripley defeated Charlotte Flair on April 1, 2023, in Los Angeles, California to become a Grand Slam champion. The superstar earned this belt as the “SmackDown Women’s Championship Belt” prior to the name and design change on June 12th. But do you know that the tough Mami of the WWE was nervous right before her title defense at WrestleMania?

Mami got the Goosebumps

Rhea Ripley was tasked with opening the biggest WrestleMania event in history alongside Becky Lynch, where the Women’s World Championship was at stake. Both wrestlers put on a great show for the WWE fans who filled Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, PA. Performing at a great event is one of the biggest dreams that any wrestler wants to fulfill, so it is only logical that nerves surface right before the showdown. And that’s precisely what happened to “Mami” just two hours before she went on stage. This is how the World Champion told it during her appearance at WWE World.

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Ripley said, “It’s quite funny how this whole thing works in this crazy world. I legit was having a straight-up panic attack two hours before I walked through the curtain, and I was violently shaking, just nervous.”. However, she further revealed that it was good to have those panic attacks. As she expressed, “If you don’t get nervous before you go out, especially at WrestleMania, you obviously don’t love it enough. That’s the way I think about it. So I’m glad the nerves were there.”

Well, the WWE Universe would surely miss the dominating presence of Mami. We already had Charlotte Flair on the sidelines and now Ripley joins the list. So it would be interesting to see who comes up and joins Becky Lynch as a top star now. What do you think? Who will be able to grab the opportunity? Let us know in the comments.

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Abhishek Kumar Das

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Abhishek Kumar Das is a WWE writer at EssentiallySports. Having previously worked as a researcher, journalist, and combat sports editor, Abhishek is uniquely poised to deliver wrestling news that is both straightforward and backed by facts. A die-hard Jeff Hardy fan, and a defender of heels to hell and beyond, he enjoys delving into the different storylines that both WWE and other promotions have to offer.
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Joyita Das