This week on NXT, Io Shirai defended her NXT Women’s Title against Rhea Ripley. Not only did Ripley lose the match, but also suffered from some bloody injuries.
Per this week’s NXT Injury Reports, after Wednesday’s grueling fight, Ripley suffered from multiple injuries. Her ears suffered the most. Rhea Ripley suffered multiple contusions and abrasions on both ears during her main event loss to Shirai.
Ripley’s five earrings were ripped off. Doctors had to remove pieces of skin from Ripley’s ear. She noted that this was to “make her ear look normalish” again.
Shirai, too, remained medically uncleared. Although she is reportedly suffering from Whiplash and a sore throat, Shirai is expected to make a quick recovery.
In the highly anticipated match, both women gave their all. Towards the end, Ripley was power bombed through the announce table but returned to the ring without getting counted out.
However, Shirai was right there with her moonsault to claim the win once again. Apart from this, Arturo Ruas suffered a right bicep injury during his loss to Kushida. Ruas is scheduled to undergo an MRI and is not currently medically cleared.
Multiple reports are saying Ripley might leave the black and gold brand soon. She lost the title challenge flat to Shirai after much anticipation. After Wednesday, Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer Radio said, “my impression is from watching [the match] is that Rhea is going to the main roster.”
If Ripley goes to the main roster, there is a high probability that she might wind up in the blue brand. As of now, SmackDown’s Women’s Survivor Series Team lacks two members. With Zelina Vega being fired, the possible team members are limited in number.