Former NXT Women’s Champion Rhea Ripley to Make Raw Debut

Published 02/22/2021, 9:08 PM EST


It’s always fun to see NXT Superstars make it all the way to the main roster, and NXT’s resident female face might be next. On the latest episode of Monday Night Raw, WWE confirmed that former NXT Women’s Champion Rhea Ripley will make her debut on the main roster. 

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Rhea will debut as a Superstar on Raw after a long NXT tenure, and she will definitely kick start a new feud on her arrival. Even though we do not know who she plans on challenging yet, she surely has her sights on the Raw Women’s Champion Asuka. 

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Rhea Ripley has spent the majority of her WWE career in NXT and technically should have debuted on the main roster in 2019. However, WWE decided to keep her in NXT due to the lack of experience in the brand’s women’s division. 

Ripley now looks more than ready to take on the Raw roster, and there’s nothing stopping her from becoming a future champion. Asuka has gone without competition for months on Raw and could finally have a worthy opponent. 

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Rhea Ripley had nothing holding her back to NXT

NXT had run its course for Rhea Ripley, and she saw herself play out all the possible feuds. There was nothing holding her back after the feud with Raquel Gonzalez and keeping her back for yet another feud would be a waste of time better spent doing bigger work on the main roster. 

She has even feuded with Charlotte Flair, who decided to briefly return to NXT last year, and Io Shirai, who still holds on to the NXT Women’s Championship. 

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The Raw Women’s division has been suffering lately with not enough feud options to go around. The absence of Becky Lynch has really shown through the product over the months. 

Alexa Bliss, another big name, is also off the wrestling list since she accompanies “The Fiend” in his feud with Randy Orton. Charlotte Flair was occupied with a feud with Lacey Evans but is now free due to Lacey’s pregnancy.

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Rhea Ripley’s arrival could breathe new life in the division, that has run stagnant with the same feuds and names. Perhaps, she could resume that feud with Charlotte, which never had a one-on-one ending. 

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Luke Dias is a senior WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports, having published more than 1000 articles on professional wrestling. Having completed courses in Advanced Writing from the University of California and Media and Ethics from the University of Amsterdam, Luke is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in Journalism from Xavier’s College. His tremendous knowledge of WWE history enables him to make past connections, adding depth to the articles.

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