Rhea Ripley Was Originally Scheduled to Face Triple H’s Iconic Foe at WrestleMania 39 Instead of Charlotte Flair

Published 03/21/2023, 7:30 AM EDT

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This year’s biggest PLE will see Charlotte Flair and Rhea Ripley lock horns with each other. This bout will blow off the roof as two of the most dominant female stars will collide with each other for the second time at The Grandest Stage of Them All.

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However, this is not the match-up that the decision-makers of WWE initially had in mind. WWE originally had pitched Ripley to square off against a former WWE SmackDown Women’s Champion at The Showcase of Immortals, this year. Nevertheless, this update has irked some of the pro wrestling fans as they didn’t agree with the original plans of WWE.

Triple H originally pitched Ronda Rousey vs Rhea Ripley

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When this year’s WrestleMania plan was laid out, Triple H had initially chosen one of his former on-screen nemesis, Ronda Rousey, for The Eradicator to face at The Show of Shows. But since The Rowdy One rejected the pitch idea, The Game had to change plans and choose The Queen as Ripley’s WrestleMania opponent for next month.

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This news has created a buzz on the internet as fans poured out their negative remarks on the idea of Ripley vs Rousey at WrestleMania.

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The WWE Universe claims the match wouldn’t have been of WrestleMania caliber.

Fans disapprove of HHH’s original idea

Fans pick on Rousey

Why Rousey rejected the match against Ripley at WrestleMania?

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Prior to The Queen, The Baddest Woman on the Planet was the WWE SmackDown Women’s Champion. Ronda Rousey lost her title in the last year’s blue brand final episode. Days after that, she expressed her desire to take a break from singles action for a while and focus on conquering the female tag team division of WWE.

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Earlier this month, a report claimed that The Arm Collector has her eyes set on the Women’s Tag Team gold. She is pushing WWE to give her and Shayna Baszler a tag team title shot at WrestleMania. Rousey received massive criticism from the fans for trying to take creative control into her own hands.

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What do you make of the original plan of Ripley vs Rousey? Who would you think would have been the best WrestleMania opponent for the 2023 Women’s Royal Rumble winner? Let us know in the comments section below. We would love to hear from you.

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Monika Thapa is a WWE writer at EssentiallySports. She holds a Bachelor's degree in English. An avid fan of WWE since her childhood, Monika admires the dedication and determination of WWE fighters.
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