There has been a resurgence in recent years within the WWE women’s division and this weekend’s matchup between the Queen Charlotte Flair and the emerging Rhea Ripley should see those skills in full effect.
Adding to the intrigue in this quality showdown is the fact that for the first time in WrestleMania history, the NXT Women’s Championship will be on the line here. Ripley has endured a meteoric rise to near the top of the division, but in order to retain her coveted belt, she’s going to need to dethrone the undoubted Queen of this loop.
With many wrestling purists and pundits lauding the potential quality and excitement of this match, it should make for must-see viewing. It’s rumored that this Ripley/Flair showdown will occur on Sunday evening, though the order is still very much up in the air. One thing that is not, is the fact that this is Ripley’s first big moment and it’s certainly on quite the grand state. This could be a career-defining moment for the young and edgy superstar, and after taking down Shayna Baszler back in December – her career trajectory is skyrocketing. Will Charlotte have an answer for this rising youngster?
With the line not too outrageous on either side here, there are valid arguments to see both superstars leave WrestleMania victorious after this weekend. Continue reading on beneath the odds from BetOnline for further detail on the build-up, as well as some match analysis for an exciting women’s division duel from WrestleMania 36.
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There has been a huge push in the wrestling industry of late to prop up the NXT product and make it more accessible and marketable. It’s been a rousing success in recent months and has done well enough to go head-to-head with the upstart AEW in the ratings. Many of their superstars are receiving frequent pushes, and though the NXT talent isn’t necessarily ‘main roster’ yet, it does not mean that they lack quality in the slightest.
Rhea Ripley is not on the WWE’s main roster, though she will certainly see this weekend’s showdown with Flair as a chance to make a name for herself, her promotion, and get herself ‘over’ into the realm of elite superstars on the WWE. This is the ideal opportunity for her to take down a future hall-of-famer in Charlotte Flair, and announce her presence in the coming years.
Flair won’t be an easy-out though. She remains one of the division’s top superstars and the WWE clearly has big plans for her. Expect a tightly-contested, back-and-forth match with both athletes coming out of this looking great.
Ultimately, Charlotte Flair does not need another victory, she doesn’t need another title – and her being in this match serves the purpose of potentially launching Ripley’s career forward. A Ripley win here certainly doesn’t diminish Flair’s career, and perhaps them shaking hands as a sign of respect at the end of the night could turn into a main roster feud down the line.
With the WWE really pushing the NXT brand and its superstars at the moment, it’s hard to see them passing up on this glorious opportunity for Ripley. Her rise has been meteoric and a win here makes her a household name. She has all the attributes to be a star in pro wrestling, from her look, to her microphone skills, to her impressive in-ring work. Flair doesn’t need another NXT reign and because of these reasons – expect WrestleMania 36 to long be remembered as the day we fell in love with the talented Rhea Ripley.