New Champion Crowned at WrestleMania 37! Rhea Ripley Beat Asuka in an Action-Packed Match

Published 04/11/2021, 11:47 PM EDT


Rhea Ripley got the sweet taste of retribution at this WrestleMania. At last year’s event, Ripley lost her NXT Women’s Title to Charlotte Flair, and this year, she avenged it by winning her first WWE RAW Women’s Title.

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In the penultimate match of the night, Ash Costello performed ‘Brutality,’ the entrance theme of Ripley, live as she made her way into the ring. After Asuka came into the ring, both women started the fight.

Asuka initially dominated Ripley with an early pin attempt. Following back-to-back offenses, Ripley went to the ringside for a break, but Asuka brought her back inside the ring.

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However, this time, Ripley got an opening followed by a face slam. Ripley locked the champion in a Body Scissors as fans booed. As “The Nightmare” attempted to hit a clothesline, Asuka locked in an ankle lock.

Ripley broke the lock with a German Suplex for a near-fall. A series of offenses from both sides followed inside the ring.

Rhea Ripley wins the Women’s Title

Eventually, Asuka went to the top for a splash, but Ripley knocked her out from the top rope with a DDT, making her hit the apron. Soon, the women fought it out at ringside as the referee counted till 6.

Back in the ring, Ripley applied the inverted Cloverleaf submission, which Asuka turned into an armbar. Another close-count followed, with a huge suplex from the apron to the ring from Ripley to Asuka.

As the match came to a close, Asuka locked in the Asuka Lock and tried to follow it up with a running boot. Ripley swiftly hit the Riptide and won her first WWE RAW Women’s Title.

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Celebrations poured in all around the arena as Pyro went off. Asuka could not believe she lost the title after almost a year. Interestingly, both Asuka and Ripley are NXT alumni along with SmackDown Women’s champion, Bianca Belair. 

Rhea Ripley is bound for glory, as she ushered in a new era in WWE Women’s division. She is also one of the few people to win a women’s title on her main roster debut at WrestleMania.

Let us know your thoughts regarding the match in the comments below. What are your expectations from the new champions crowned at WM 37?

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Angana Roy is a WWE and AEW author for EssentiallySports, having published more than 800 professional wrestling articles. She is currently pursuing higher studies in English language and literature from the University of Calcutta and has over three years of experience in journalism. As a life-long fan of the sports entertainment brand of pro-wrestling, her work consists of live coverage of weekly shows, PPVs, speculating the future course of storylines and everything in between.

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