Toni Storm Ends Bitter Rivalry Against Rhea Ripley With A Big Win On WWE NXT

Published 12/16/2020, 10:31 PM EST


WWE NXT saw a strong main event between Rhea Ripley and Toni Storm. The ladies had a tough job to follow the classic Kyle O’Reilly vs Pete Dunne match, but they held their own. Storm picked up the win after Raquel Gonzalez interfered on her behalf. The two biggest superstars in the NXT Women’s division are on a collision course.

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Wade Barrett and Beth Phoenix called this match brilliantly. They highlighted the previous matches between Ripley and Storm, and called this the rubber match. This match was essentially the rubber match, since both women had one win against each other.

Ripley and Storm had their first match in 2019. The roles were reversed back then. Ripley played the conniving heel, and Storm played the valiant baby-face. Rhea pulled off an upset in their first match and won the inaugural NXT UK Women’s Championship. Storm won the rematch at NXT UK Takeover: Blackpool, to equal the score between the two.

Storm emerged victorious because of interference from Raquel Gonzalez. Prior to Gonzalez’s interference, Storm and Ripley destroyed each other with strikes, submissions, and tried to catch their opponent cold. Ripley’s dropkick might rival Randy Orton or even Kazuchika Okada’s dropkicks.

Raquel launched Ripley into the ring post like a lawn dart and allowed Storm to take advantage. A running hit attack in the corner followed by the Storn Zero sealed the deal. This might just be the end of Toni and Rhea’s bitter rivalry.

Is Toni Storm going to challenge for the NXT Title?

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Toni Storm’s returned to NXT for the sole purpose of winning the NXT Championship. Her victory over Rhea Ripley almost guarantees her the same. Toni and NXT Champion Io Shirai already have an interesting backstory to fuel this storyline.

Io and Toni faced off in the finals of the 2018 Mae Young Classic. The international sensations pulled out all the stops to secure a future with the WWE, but Toni prevailed. Shirai would eventually sign with WWE, but her loss to Storm must have taken a big bite out of her confidence.

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If Shirai were ever to lose the NXT Championship, Storm would be the perfect opponent to snatch it from her. Her run with the NXT UK Championship proves how dominant of a champion she can be.

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Nathan Fulgado

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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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