“I Know You” – Rhea Ripley Digs Deep Down in Memory Lane to Provide a Spoiler for WWE Payback

Published 09/01/2023, 3:00 PM EDT

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The Eradicator Rhea Ripley has been on a roll since she defeated Charlotte Flair at WrestleMania 39 to win her 2nd WWE World Championship. Since then, no one has matched her strength until Raquel Rodriguez dared to step up to her. The two will face each other on WWE PLE Payback at PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh, on September 2nd.

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Ahead of their clash, the two superstars were repeatedly involved in verbal and physical brawls on TV to elevate their match. Rhea Ripley followed it up by tweeting on X, sending a warning for Raquel Rodriguez.

Rhea Ripley reminds everyone of her rivalry with Raquel Rodriguez

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Rhea Ripley injured former WWE Women’s Champion Liv Morgan on an episode of RAW on July 24th. Morgan’s tag partner, Raquel Rodriguez decided to avenge her after she lost her tag championship to Chelsea Green and Sonya Deville days later. It led to a brawl between the powerhouses of Raw’s Women Division.

Carrying on with their on-screen rivalry, Rhea Ripley took to X and tweeted, “I know what you’ve done. I know what you’re capable of. I know you better than ANYONE. #WWEPayback I will remind you who I am. #RnR.

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Rhea was reminding everyone about her feud with former WWE Women’s tag team champion Raquel Rodriguez at NXT. However, there is another hidden message hidden between the lines for fans. Besides their rivalry in the WWE roster, the two superstars are known to be friends in real life.

 

Read more: Rhea Ripley Rumored to Have an Unfortunate Advantage as Raquel Rodriguez Is Seemingly Facing Personal Problems Ahead of Their Match at Payback

Both superstars have known each other for over five years now and even share pictures of each other on their social media. But it’s their on-screen rivalry since 2020 that has gathered the attention of fans.

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Rhea Ripley vs. Raquel Rodriguez dates back to 2020

Rhea Ripley and Raquel Rodriguez’s rivalry started with their first match at NXT’s Halloween Havoc Special in 2020. It was a 13-minute match which was won by Ripley after delivering her finishing move, The Riptide. The two superstars followed it up with another singles match at The New Year’s Evil event in 2021 in a Last Woman Standing match, which was won by Raquel Rodriguez (known as Raquel Gonzalez then).

There have been numerous multi-women matches between the two besides their singles matches. The most notable one was their WarGames match in 2020 when Team Candice (Candice LeRae, Dakota Kai, Raquel González, and Toni Storm) defeated Team Shotzi (Shotzi Blackheart, Ember Moon, Rhea Ripley, and Io Shirai) in the women’s WarGames match.

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Given the history between the two, fans can expect an extremely physical match from the two rising superstars as both are powerhouses. Who will win this face-off? Let us know. 

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