WWE wanted to protect Roxanne Perez

The Royal Rumble 2023 has given many twists and WWE is already projecting itself towards WrestleMania

by Simone Brugnoli
WWE wanted to protect Roxanne Perez

The Royal Rumble 2023 has given many twists and WWE is already projecting itself towards WrestleMania. We remind you that the 39th edition of the 'Showcase of the Immortals' will be staged on April 1 and 2 at the SoFi Stadium, a stone's throw from Hollywood.

Rhea Ripley was the great protagonist of the royal female brawl, having managed to respect the predictions of the eve and guarantee herself a chance for the world title. Bianca Belair retained her Raw title by easily defeating Alexa Bliss.

Rhea and Bianca know each other very well, having been the last two survivors of the 2021 women's Royal Rumble match, with Belair emerging victorious. 'The EST' then won the Raw Women's Championship by taking it from Becky Lynch at WrestleMania 38 and since then no superstar has managed to really undermine her.

The royal female brawl also saw the participation of Roxanne Perez, but her stay on the square lasted less than five minutes. The current NXT Women's Champion was the eighth to enter the ring and was a surprise elimination by Damage CTRL.

Roxanne Perez lasted less than 5 minutes

In the latest edition of the 'Wrestling Observer Radio', Bryan Alvarez said that WWE wanted to preserve Roxanne Perez in view of 'NXT Vengeance Day' (scheduled for Saturday, February 4).

The Royal Rumble was full of surprises, as well as hosting the great returns of Pat McAfee and Cody Rhodes. 'The American Nightmare', who has been absent for several months due to a torn pectoral muscle, has won the men's brawl royal and will fight for the world title at WrestleMania 39.

Interviewed by Ariel Helwani for 'BT Sports', Cody provided a very important update on his fitness: "I've worked hard these past months to be able to get back in the ring as soon as possible and I want to thank everyone who has helped me along this path.

The truth is, I'm not fully healed yet. I wanted to be there at all costs and WWE was very good to me. My rehabilitation journey is not finished, I will have to do other therapies in the coming weeks. The pectoral muscle injury also forced me to change my training." NXT Superstar Roxanne Perez has described what it felt like to compete on WWE SmackDown for the first time in her career.

“That was very surreal. SmackDown was actually the first live WWE show that my dad took me to, so I was maybe like 11, and he surprised me. He’s like come on, we’re going somewhere. I was like, where are we going? We get to the arena, and I walk in, and they have all the WWE merch, and I was like, we’re at a WWE show, and it was SmackDown," said Perez.

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