In a jaw-dropping turn of events, Rhea Ripley has been making waves across WWE's top shows—NXT, SmackDown, and RAW. Not only has she been a recurring fixture, but she's also managed to secure a potent alliance with The Bloodline.
But here's where the plot thickens: despite her high-profile appearances, Ripley has yet to defend her Women's World Championship for over a month. Her last title defense dates back to September 11th, clearly flouting WWE's unwritten rule that full-time champions must defend their titles every 30 days.
Could Triple H, who is slated to appear on SmackDown this week, step in to enforce the rules and strip Ripley of her title? Roman Reigns is an exception to the 30-day rule, but he's a part-time champion and operates under a different set of rules.
Ripley, however, has been straddling all three major WWE brands. Her rapidly growing influence needs to be checked before she becomes an unassailable powerhouse within the company. With The Judgment Day also likely to join SmackDown due to their Bloodline connection and now devoid of Tag Team Championships, their status on the blue brand is questioned.
Triple H's Ultimatum
Speculation is rife that Triple H's appearance on SmackDown isn't just a publicity stunt. With The Judgment Day losing their titles, Triple H might be there to enforce a much-needed reality check. He could strip Ripley of her Women's World Championship or announce a mandatory title defence in a high-stakes fatal four-way match at the upcoming Crown Jewel event.
Roman Reigns is set to make his grand return to SmackDown this week, and given Ripley's newfound alliance with The Bloodline, it's almost sure she'll make an appearance as well. The Women's World Champion has been notably aloof regarding her responsibilities towards the Women's Division, raising questions about her commitment as the reigning champion.
All eyes are now on SmackDown as fans eagerly await Triple H's course of action. Will he uphold the integrity of the Women's World Championship by forcing Rhea Ripley to defend her title, or will he strip her of her championship reign? Only time will tell, but one thing's for sure: this week's SmackDown is shaping up to be one of the most electrifying episodes in recent memory.