Night two of this year’s WrestleMania kicked off with NXT Women’s Champion Rhea Ripley becoming the first-ever developmental brand Champion to be given the chance to defend her Championship at WrestleMania against former 10-time Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair.
The Nightmare looked impressive throughout but Charlotte targetted the legs of the Champion, a plan that would play out later in the match when Charlotte was able to force Ripley to tap out to the Figure 8, ending what has been an incredible run through NXT and NXT UK over the past year.
Charlotte won the 2020 Royal Rumble match and opted to fight Rhea for her Championship at WrestleMania since the star was making waves after her incredible climb to fame from NXT UK Women’s Champion to NXT Women’s Champion when she was the woman who was able to dethrone Shayna Baszler.
Baszler herself could have become Raw Women’s Champion last night as part of night one, but Becky Lynch was able to overcome the threat of The Submission Magician when she outsmarted her and her attempt to lock in the Kirifuda Clutch.
The Women’s Division has never looked this strong and with former 10-time Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair now heading down to NXT with the Championship to reign a division that she hasn’t been a part of for more than five years, the ratings for the show will definitely be boosted.
The move has seen negative reactions from many members of the WWE Universe as Ripley becomes the second female wrestler who has had their momentum halted by The Queen on the Grandest Stage of them All.
Asuka lost to Charlotte at WrestleMania back in 2018 and has been fighting her way back up the ladder ever since. Hopefully this isn’t a sign of things to come for The Nightmare, who’s future without the Championship now looks somewhat uncertain.