Rhea Ripley Opens Up on an Emotional Moment with Bianca Belair and Raquel Gonzalez on NXT

Published 04/15/2021, 7:45 AM EDT


At WrestleMania 37, Rhea Ripley beat Asuka to become the new Raw Women’s Champion. The Aussie became the only superstar to win the NXT UK Women’s Championship, NXT Women’s Championship, and the Raw Women’s Championship. She also won the title in her first PPV match as a main roster Superstar.

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Rhea Ripley reflects on Raw Women’s Championship win

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Winning the title at the grand stage of WrestleMania meant a lot to Ripley. She finally got her big WrestleMania moment in front of a huge crowd, especially after she suffered a humiliating loss to Charlotte Flair at WrestleMania 36.

Appearing on WWE’s the Bump, Rhea Ripley reflected on her big win at WrestleMania.

“Man, its just crazy to me to even think that it’s slowly starting to settle in. I think going out last night on NXT and standing in the ring with Bianca Belair and Raquel Gonzalez, and pretty much showing the new era of the women’s division that’s coming through.

“I think that’s when it to sink in even more for me that I’m the Raw Women’s Champion. It was just such a special moment, and it really did help me mentally take it all in.”

The following night on Raw, Ripley defended the title against Asuka in a rematch, but the returning Charlotte Flair attacked both women. It looks like Ripley will get the chance to avenge her loss at WrestleMania 36 when she inevitably faces the Queen.

Ripley talks about surprise NXT appearance

As a surprise for the NXT Universe, Rhea Ripley made her return to NXT for a one-off appearance. She walked out after the segment involving the new NXT Champion Raquel Gonzalez and the debuting Franky Monet [Taya Valkyrie].

After her, the new SmackDown Women’s Champion and WrestleMania headliner Bianca Belair also showed up.

“I think it’s wild. I found that photo on my phone and I posted it, not really thinking anything. But I’m like, it’d be really cool if all three of us could walk out like champions, and it happened.”

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“So, just being in NXT together going through the wringer, going through ups and downs and seeing each other sort of like conquer all of that and come out as champions in the end. I think that’s a really cool photo of our past and present. But yeah, I’ve only got NXT to thank. They’ve really helped us on our way to become superstars.”

Seeing Gonzalez, Ripley, and Belair in the ring as the new women’s champions post WrestleMania highlighted why WWE has the best women’s division in the business and that the future of women’s wrestling is in safe hands.

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Nathan Fulgado is a WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports. Having published close to 1000 professional wrestling articles, Nathan is currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier's College. He has previously worked at Free Press Journal as a local journalist.

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