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The WWE recently held its Road to WrestleMania event in Springfield, Illinois. The non-televised show featured several well-known superstars, including our very own ‘Mami’ Rhea Ripley.

In a stop prior to her important title defense in Philadelphia, the Australian professional wrestler faced Nia Jax in a one-on-one for the WWE Women’s World Championship. Being the crowd’s favorite, she made sure to impart a memorable experience. But no one expected her to perform a move that broke the internet. Something that even grabbed a response from her fiance, Buddy Matthews.

Ripley’s tribute to Rikishi draws a response from her partner

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The match between Jax and Ripley saw Mama emerge as the crowd’s favorite. But the reactions in her favor grew massively at a very specific point in the match. During the match, Nia Jax tried to perform a Stinkface, a move that consisted of pushing the buttocks into the opponent’s face. However, the Judgment Day member reacted in time and reversed the roles. To the public’s surprise, Rhea Ripley landed that attack that superstars like Rikishi used in the past. This drew massive attention from fans in attendance, as well as social media. And replying to one clip featuring the move, Buddy Matthews made quite an NSFW tweet. He wrote, “Weekly occurence for me! (drooling emoji)”

The moment surely became one of the most replayed clips for WWE. On the social network X (Twitter), videos captured by the public at different angles reached one million views each. It also managed to accumulate 200 thousand views on the company’s official YouTube account. Rhea Ripley too continues to gain followers on social media just a few days before WrestleMania XL.

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Now, the superstar is gearing up to defend her Women’s World Championship against Becky Lynch in a traditional heads-up. The event will take place on WrestleMania XL at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. But what’s planned after that? Well, according to Ripley, she would love to face a male superstar!

Ripley reveals her choice for an inter-gender match

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Rhea Ripley is having an excellent run with WWE. On the eve of completing one year with the Women’s World Championship, the Australian professional wrestler is preparing for the challenge that Becky Lynch will represent at WrestleMania XL. Her popularity on social media has been undeniable, to the point of being compared by several fans to names such as Chyna and Beth Phoenix. And just like the aforementioned ones, Mami has been positioned in multiple dream matches with wrestlers in the men’s division.

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So during an interview with BWGS Pod, Rhea Ripley talked about her favorite male superstars in WWE and the possibility of facing any of them in the future. Alongside the Miz and Triple H as her favorites, Mami mentioned CM Punk as one of her top superstars.

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In fact, he would be her preference for a match. And the reason? Well, according to Ripley, she would like to take on Punk because of the way he does his promos and his matches. She finds them always entertaining to watch and she would learn a lot from someone like that. And it would definitely help Rhea Ripley get to the next level. So what do you think? Can we get to see Ripley face Punk anytime soon? What did you make of the AEW star’s reaction to his fiance’s antics? Let us know in the comments.

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Abhishek Kumar Das

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Abhishek Kumar Das is a WWE writer at EssentiallySports. Having previously worked as a researcher, journalist, and combat sports editor, Abhishek is uniquely poised to deliver wrestling news that is both straightforward and backed by facts. A die-hard Jeff Hardy fan, and a defender of heels to hell and beyond, he enjoys delving into the different storylines that both WWE and other promotions have to offer.
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