Last night Rhea Ripley was able to finally bring Shayna Baszler’s reign of NXT Women’s Champion to an end as she came out on top during their title bout to lift the belt up high.

It was a huge moment for both the women’s division and NXT as a whole, mainly because Baszler has been at the top of the food chain for so long now. It was time for something fresh and for a new direction, which is exactly what we got.

It was a solid match with an intriguing finish, and one man who was watching closely from the back is none other than NXT founding father Triple H.

Ripley has proven herself to be easily one of the most dominant female stars in all of WWE, and it truly doesn’t feel like there’s anyone who can realistically dethrone her in the near future – unless they put the belt back on Baszler, but that doesn’t seem all too likely.


The decision to air this match on the USA Network as opposed to waiting for a Takeover is an intriguing decision to say the least, and it’s one that will almost certainly give NXT the advantage in the ratings war with AEW – especially with the NXT Championship match that was also on the card.

NXT is on a real roll right now and even after many fans questioned their move to two hours, they’ve proven that they can still surprise people even when they least expect it.

Harry Kettle

Sports writer covering pro wrestling, MMA & football. Forever dreaming of a world where Jeff Hardy wins the strap one more time.

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