WWE News: Hall of Famer tips Rhea Ripley to face Charlotte Flair at WrestleMania
WWE Hall of Famer Edge has praised Rhea Ripley’s work in NXT UK and believes she has the potential to face Charlotte Flair in a one-on-one match at WrestleMania one day.
Speaking with co-host Christian on the latest episode of E&C’s Pod of Awesomeness, the former WWE Champion described Ripley, 22, as a “star” and tipped her to make a lot of money for the company in the future.
“Rhea Ripley, dude, she is money. She is a star and I just think at some point I hope they pull the trigger on her because she’s got everything – size, athleticism, look, attitude – and I just picture her and Charlotte at WrestleMania. That, to me, is a money match.”Rhea Ripley’s WWE career so far
In 2017, Rhea Ripley defeated Miranda Salinas in the first round of the inaugural Mae Young Classic before being knocked out of the tournament by Dakota Kai.
One year later, she returned with a new look and a villainous persona as she entered the Mae Young Classic for the second year in a row. Having only reached the second round in 2017, she defeated MJ Jenkins, Kacy Catanzaro and Tegan Nox in 2018 before losing to Io Shirai at the semi-final stage.
Around the time of the 2018 Mae Young Classic, WWE debuted the weekly NXT UK show on the WWE Network. Ripley immediately made an impression by winning a tournament to become the first holder of the NXT UK Women’s Championship.
Although her 139-day reign with the title came to an end against Toni Storm at NXT UK TakeOver: Blackpool in January 2019, the Aussie still finished the month on a high by eliminating three women in her first Royal Rumble appearance.
In recent months, Ripley has feuded with Piper Niven in NXT UK and Shayna Baszler in NXT.
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Charlotte On If It Bothers Her To Be Still Called "Ric Flair's Daughter," Her Short WWE Title Reigns
Charlotte spoke with talkSPORT about her recent shorter title reigns in WWE and if she still gets annoyed when she's referred to as "Ric Flair's daughter."
In regards to her two most recent WWE SmackDown Women's title reigns, Charlotte held the title for less than five days combined. The former champion says her wins have helped set up bigger moments for others, not to mention being able to say she's a 10-time champion, as a heel, just works more in her favor.
"My title wins in the last year have been for bigger picture moments and unfortunately, people don't see that," Charlotte said. "It's not like—I beat Asuka and then Becky wins both titles, you know? It's a very loaded question. For me when I get to play the villain, I think it's tremendous. To be able to say 'So? I'm the 10-time champion! It doesn't matter if it was for five seconds!'
"I think good guys need to back up what they say and they need to be fighting champions, so it just really depends on what role I'm playing. [Losing the title when Bayley turned heel] is a newer example. So if you're looking at it from a storyline perspective or if you're looking at the deeper meaning into how things happen, it just all depends."
Back in March, Charlotte called out ESPN for listing her "career achievement" as being "Daughter of WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair." Charlotte noted that label still bothers her, especially at this point in her career.
"I still get bothered," Charlotte admitted. "Going into WrestleMania last year we were at ESPN, me, Becky [Lynch] and Ronda [Rousey] and they had both girls' highlights and mine was like 'Ric Flair's daughter.' I did the Sports Illustrated body issue—first one ever, male or female—Sports Illustrated accomplishments and that's what you label me as? In this women's evolution? Seriously? No, it still bothers me.
"It still bothers me when I see my graphics sometimes and I see Ric Flair's daughter as part of my graphic, what is that got to do with who I am? Yes, he's my dad. Yes, I'm continuing his legacy. Yes, I have some of my father's nuances, but my dad couldn't touch me athletically. It still bothers me. My dad being referred to as Charlotte's dad will be the biggest history I can make [Laughs]."
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