WWE Corridor of Famer Mick Foley not too long ago took to his Fb web page to make the case for why WWE NXT star Rhea Ripley ought to win this 12 months’s Girls’s Royal Rumble Match.
Nia Jax, WWE Girls’s Tag Crew Champion Charlotte Aptitude, Bayley, Bianca Belair, Mandy Rose, Dana Brooke, Peyton Royce, Alexa Bliss, Shayna Baszler, Liv Morgan, Ruby Riott, and Tamina Snuka have been confirmed for the match.
WWE will nonetheless have to announce 18 extra wrestlers for the match that can happen as a part of the Royal Rumble pay-per-view occasion on January 31, 2021 at Tropicana Area in St. Petersburg, Florida on the WWE Community.
Right here is an excerpt from Foley’s weblog:
“For my part, the WWE Celebrity more than likely to get folks speaking – and in a constructive means is Rhea Ripley. Momentum is all the pieces in #WWE and the flexibility for these uncommon Superstars to transcend the world of professional wrestling, and enchantment to a bigger viewers, is predicated largely on sustaining and rising that momentum. I actually felt that when Ripley was topped WWE NXT champion that she had the capability to do what few earlier than her had been in a position to accomplish – usher in new followers to see a really completely different face of WWE. On reflection, Ripley could have been a casualty of the Wednesday night time struggle. Going head-to-head with the high-quality AEW on TNT product on a weekly foundation meant recruiting confirmed attracts to the model – which 10-time champion Charlotte Aptitude actually is. There isn’t any query that Charlotte delivered as a score draw – a research of 2020 #NXT viewership bears that out – however when the time appeared proper to position the crown on a brand new and really completely different queen, WWE dropped the ball. Regardless of having an impressive match at WWE WrestleMania, the loss to Charlotte tremendously slowed the younger Australian’s momentum – and with it, the chance to be on the foremost face of her model, and that uncommon transformative wrestler who can entice new followers to the product. I’ve learn and heard that WWE had some large post-Mania plans for Ripley, however in the end, these plans simply by no means got here to fruition.”
Foley later added, “However Ripley’s loss finally 12 months’s Mania offers her a built-in storyline – and one I feel followers will readily get behind – particularly if Charlotte had been to wrest away the WWE Uncooked title from present champion Asuka. Asuka is a good champion, however I simply don’t see a WrestleMania matchup that has the potential of Aptitude vs Ripley. Following her lengthy and far deserved break, Charlotte is as soon as once more contemporary, and as soon as once more on the prime of her recreation. A Uncooked ladies’s title shakeup resulting in a Aptitude victory at February’s #EliminationChamber PPV would put her on a collision course with Ripley in a Mania rematch that I consider most wrestling followers would like to see. Whereas I do consider the massive cash is on a single showdown with Ripley and Charlotte, a three-way match up with Aptitude, Asuka and Ripley can be a possible #Mania show-stealer. Within the occasion such a shakeup shouldn’t be within the playing cards, a Ripley win on the Rumble might nonetheless result in a WrestleMania barnburner with WWE SmackDown ladies’s champion Sasha Banks.
As nice because the roster of #NXT is, the model has by no means achieved equal standing within the eyes of most informal followers. The transfer to both #SmackDown or #Uncooked remains to be seen, not as a lateral transfer, however as a call-up to the massive leagues. Regardless of some monumental matches over the previous 12 months, to a lot of the #WWEUniverse, and to informal wrestling followers all over the world, Rhea Ripley remains to be one thing of an unknown amount, a secret weapon able to as soon as once more shine on the bottom a stage of all of them. This time, I hope WWE will select to strap that figurative rocket onto her again and see if they will launch her into that subsequent dimension. Along with her athletic prowess, distinctive look and evasive “it issue” Ripley has the potential for rivalries with any variety of Uncooked or SmackDown Superstars – Charlotte, Asuka, Bayley, Banks, Natalya, Lacey Evans, Alexa Bliss, Nia Jax, Bianca Belair, Naomi, Sonya Deville – or revisited rivalries along with her previous NXT foes. Add to that maybe, the largest potential rivalry of all – a returning Becky Lynch, and I consider the sky is the restrict for Rhea Ripley, ought to she win the 2021 Royal Rumble. I simply hope WWE received’t ask for his or her rocket again in mid-flight.”
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Posted by Mick Foley on Monday, January 25, 2021