Rhea Ripley faced Io Shirai for the NXT Women’s Championship this week. She lost the match and then hugged Shirai in the end.
According to the Wrestling Observer Radio, it might be Rhea’s final match in the yellow and black brand. Meltzer “heard talk of Ripley moving to the main roster”.
Both superstars suffered several injuries during their match. This hints strongly that Ripley might join the main roster soon. There are several spots remaining for this year’s Team SmackDown and Ripley could be added if she’s medically cleared.
As of the time of writing, Bianca Belair, Ruby Riott, and Liv Morgan are the only stars in Team SmackDown. There were talks that one of these spots was for Chelsea Green but she injured her arm during a match against Morgan.