In a thrilling escalation of rivalry on WWE's flagship show, RAW, superstar Rhea Ripley, known for her dominating presence in the ring, faced a moment of vulnerability this week. Ripley, who is set to defend her WWE Women's World Championship against formidable opponent Ivy Nile at Day 1 RAW on January 1st, experienced a momentary setback in their intensifying feud.
The ongoing tension between Ripley and Nile reached a new peak during this week's RAW. The duo's animosity was on full display at ringside during the Undisputed Tag Team Championship match, where The Judgment Day triumphed over The Creed Brothers.
In a dramatic turn of events, Ripley, known as The Eradicator, attacked Nile from behind, lifting her in an Electric Chair position. However, Nile, showcasing her resilience and fighting spirit, countered brilliantly, sending Ripley crashing face-first into the edge of the apron.
Following the altercation, Nile, a member of The Diamond Mine, took to social media to taunt Ripley with a cheeky post, writing, "Mami didn’t see that one comin’," paired with a mischievous emoji. Ripley has yet to respond to this taunt, adding further intrigue to their upcoming title match on January 1st, marking their first-ever face-off in the ring.
Ivy Nile's journey in WWE has been a notable one. Since her debut in WWE NXT in February 2020, Nile has established herself as one of the most hard-hitting female superstars of the brand.
Despite her prowess, she did not capture a title in NXT before being called up to the main roster. The 31-year-old joined RAW along with The Creed Brothers in late October and has been steadily building her fanbase.
Russo Doubts Nile's Impact"
However, not everyone is convinced of Nile's potential.
Vince Russo, a former WWE head writer and a key figure during the Attitude Era, expressed skepticism about Nile's ability to resonate with the WWE audience. Speaking on Sportskeeda Wrestling’s Legion of RAW podcast, Russo questioned Nile's chances of truly getting over with the fans.
He lamented the perceived decline in the "IT factor" in professional wrestling, reminiscing about a time when charisma and a unique presence were prerequisites for WWE stardom. Nile, a multifaceted athlete, also participated in the first season of The Rock's Titan Games on NBC in early 2019, where she became the first female "Titan" of the show.
Although her journey ended in the semi-finals, her performance left a lasting impression. Additionally, Nile has a background in MMA and has worked as a massage therapist, further showcasing her diverse skill set and tenacity.
As the WWE universe eagerly anticipates the January 1st showdown between Rhea Ripley and Ivy Nile, the question remains: will Nile's rising momentum and Ripley's proven track record collide to create a memorable moment in WWE history, or will the experienced Eradicator once again assert her dominance in the ring?