WWE Superstar Rhea Ripley, the reigning SmackDown Women's Champion, has boldly asserted that her impending title defense might rival the grandeur of WrestleMania 39. Ripley's statement carries significant weight in the wrestling community, especially following her remarkable victory over Charlotte Flair at WrestleMania 39 on April 1, 2023.
That night, fans witnessed what many consider one of the most electrifying matches in recent history, with Ripley emerging victorious in a thrilling showdown against the seasoned Flair. Currently on a promotional tour in Perth alongside fellow wrestler Dominik Mysterio, Ripley is drumming up excitement for the much-anticipated Elimination Chamber Premium Live Event, set to unfold in Perth, Australia.
In a candid conversation with The West Australian, Ripley shared her insights and expectations regarding her potential title defense at this upcoming event.
Ripley's WrestleMania Reflections
Ripley, also known as 'Mami,' reflected on her WrestleMania victory with a sense of pride and nostalgia.
She noted that the WrestleMania stage, renowned as the pinnacle of professional wrestling, was where she achieved a career-defining moment by pinning Charlotte Flair. However, Ripley anticipates that her Elimination Chamber match could evoke a similar, if not greater, emotional impact, particularly as it unfolds in her homeland, Australia.
"I think it might be on par with WrestleMania just because this is my home. WrestleMania is very important, and it’s the biggest show in our profession. That was an amazing night for me, being able to pin Charlotte Flair and win the SmackDown Women's Championship, and have that moment out there with the crowd and feel how electric they were.
But I feel like for me, being Australian and for Australia being deprived of WWE for so long, I think it’s going to be a very similar feeling," Ripley expressed. In a separate narrative, Braun Strowman, another prominent figure in WWE, shared his views with Sportskeeda Wrestling's Riju Dasgupta.
Strowman, known for his immense strength and towering presence, stated he wouldn't entertain a match against Ripley, citing his upbringing as a 'southern gentleman' and his adherence to traditional values of respecting women.
With the wrestling world buzzing, speculation about Ripley's next opponent is rife. Some fans are leaning towards Becky Lynch as a potential challenger. However, the ultimate decision lies with the Stamford-based WWE promotion, and only time will reveal what they have in store for Mami's future in the wrestling ring.
As the Elimination Chamber event draws near, fans worldwide are bracing for what could be another milestone in Rhea Ripley's illustrious career.