Rhea Ripley, the reigning Women's World Champion, has recently shown signs of displeasure regarding her omission from the card of SummerSlam, one of WWE's most prominent live events. Expressing her dissatisfaction publicly, Ripley took to social media, sharing a tweet from WWE Public Relations about her Instyle article, coupled with a caption that seemed to allude to her absence from the event: "*SummerSlam media appearance look* for reasons we all know of." The speculation around Ripley's absence primarily centers around a rumored match against Raquel Rodriguez.
According to inside sources, the match's inclusion in SummerSlam remains "up in the air." While it is still possible to add it to the card at the last minute, reported time constraints may hinder its realization. Time considerations have not only affected Ripley's match but also appear to be the reason behind Becky Lynch, "The Man," not being featured on the card.
Her anticipated match against WWE Hall of Famer Trish Stratus has been rescheduled to the August 14 edition of "WWE Raw."
Women's Matches at SummerSlam
Her absence from the SummerSlam card is notable, given her prominent status within the women's division.
The event, however, is only partially full of women's matches. Asuka is scheduled to defend the WWE Women's Championship against both Flair and Bianca Belair in what promises to be a thrilling triple-threat match. Furthermore, former tag team partners Shayna Baszler and Ronda Rousey are set to face off in an MMA Rules match, adding more intrigue to the women's portion of the card.
Ripley's dissatisfaction with being left off the SummerSlam event comes at a pivotal time in WWE's ongoing efforts to promote and elevate women's wrestling. Her public expression of disappointment is not just a reflection of personal discontent.
Still, it may also signify a more significant concern within the women's division about representation and opportunities at major events. While WWE's commitment to women's wrestling has grown significantly in recent years, Ripley's situation demonstrates that there are still challenges to be addressed in ensuring equitable visibility and participation at premier events.
With SummerSlam quickly approaching, fans and insiders alike will be watching closely to see if any adjustments are made to the card and what Ripley's future may hold in the ever-evolving landscape of professional wrestling.
Her exclusion from such a significant event raises questions and adds another layer of complexity to the ongoing narrative within the WWE universe.