Rhea Ripley is perhaps having the best phase of her professional wrestling career. Not only is getting popular day by day for her exceptional character work as The Eradicator of The Judgment Day faction, but Ripley also claimed the win in the 30-woman Royal Rumble match this weekend. Rhea also went on to elaborate on the Women’s rumble match going second after the Men’s match.
For years now, the face of women’s wrestling has drastically improved in WWE. Gone are the days when they were only treated as models and given limited and meaningful television time.
With the onset of the Women’s Revolution in 2015 brought in by former WWE chairwoman Stephanie McMahon, everything changed for the better for women. The term ‘diva’ was immediately dropped and they were simply referred to as ‘superstars’ signaling equality with the men.
The Women’s Revolution saw female WWE superstars shatter glass ceilings, put on some of the most exciting wrestling matches, and their storylines become the highlight of the show. Moreover, they also achieved the pinnacle of sports entertainment with women main eventing WrestleMania for the first time in 2019.
Rhea Ripley recently celebrated her win in the Royal Rumble match. She recently spoke with BT Sport WWE about the progression of women’s wrestling. While it was usually the Women’s rumble that would happen first followed by the Men’s match, this year saw a change in order, prompting Mami to claim that women are progressing ahead in WWE even today.
“So I’ve watched bits and pieces of [the Men’s Royal Rumble]. Obviously, I was out there for a little bit as well. I got Speared on the concrete. Thank you, Beth [Phoenix]. But you know, I got up, and I won. So it doesn’t matter,” she said to Ariel Helwani of BT Sport. “There’s always competition between us and the men. Normally, the women were always on first, so the thing that we say is ‘follow that,’ but we were on second this time, so obviously, we’ve been doing it right the last few years because we’ve made it down the card. We got to go on semi-main, really put on a show, and get the time and just go out there and show everyone what the women can do.”
Rhea Ripley became a big highlight at this year’s Royal Rumble event. Not only did Mami enter the 30-woman over-the-top-rope melee at #1, but went on to win the match. Her big win made her the 4th person in history to win the rumble from the first spot as well as setting the record for spending the longest time in a women’s rumble match.
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