In a year that can only be described as a meteoric rise to prominence, WWE superstar Rhea Ripley has not only won the Royal Rumble but also secured the Women's World Title at WrestleMania 39. Once a part of The Judgment Day group, Ripley has emerged as a grounding force and voice of reason within the faction.
Her accomplishments were solidified this week when Pro Wrestling Illustrated named her the #1 female wrestler in its annual list of the top 250 women in the sport. While the rankings can be a matter of public debate, there's little argument over Ripley’s deserving place at the pinnacle.
Adding another feather to her cap, Ripley recently discussed the upcoming WWE Elimination Chamber Pay-Per-View event set to take place in Perth, Australia in February 2024. The significance of performing in her home country isn't lost on her.
Speaking to Sporting News Australia, Ripley expressed her excitement and hope for fellow Australian WWE stars to join her at the event. "I know that all the other Aussies are pumped. We worked our whole lives to reach WWE, and there's something incredibly special about getting to perform in the place where it all started for us," she said.
But the young superstar's influence extends beyond her in-ring abilities; she's become an inspiration to many. "Knowing that I’ve touched people’s lives is really fulfilling. It’s an incredible feeling to realize you're a part of someone else's journey in the same way others were a part of mine," Ripley elaborated.
As for what's immediately on the horizon for Ripley, she's slated for a high-stakes championship defense at WWE Crown Jewel in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on November 4th. Unlike traditional matches, she will be up against not one but four formidable opponents—Nia Jax, Raquel Rodriguez, Zoey Stark, and Shayna Baszler—in a five-way battle for the title.
The stakes couldn't be higher; the first to score a fall will walk away as the reigning Women’s World Champion. As Rhea Ripley continues her ascent in the world of professional wrestling, her influence extends both inside and outside the ring, marking her as not just a champion, but a role model for a new generation of aspiring wrestlers.