They made the right choice. Every so often, a wrestler comes around who catches your attention in a very impactful way. There is something about them that makes you pay attention and any time they are on the show, you are going to focus on them. That kind of charisma is very easy to see and WWE certainly saw it in one of their stars. It was so obvious that they made a last minute change.
Rhea Ripley was a guest on the My Love Letter To Wrestling podcast and discussed her time in NXT. According to Ripley, her NXT Women’s Title win over Shayna Baszler was originally supposed to end in a loss, but WWE made a last second change when seeing how popular she was with the fans. Ripley was getting ready for the match following a pre-taped promo and the reaction was so positive that the result of the match was changed. She would go on to defeat Baszler for the title, which she would hold for a little over three months before dropping it to Charlotte at WrestleMania 36.
Opinion: I’ve heard a lot of wrestlers tell stories before and some of them seem to be tall tales. That might be what we are getting here, as it’s a bit hard to buy that WWE would make a pretty significant change like this based on one reaction to one promo. It’s certainly a possibility, but modern WWE does not seem to be the kind of promotion likely to make such a last minute change of pace.
What do you think of Ripley’s time in WWE? What is next for her? Let us know in the comments below.
Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 60,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 6,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at kbwrestlingreviews.com, or check out his- Amazon author page with 30 wrestling books
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