Monday Night Raw took place last night, and it was a hugely eventful show. The red brand has been underwhelming to say the least over the past couple of months, but there was a clear switch in pace last night with WrestleMania coming into distance over the horizon.
Bobby Lashley became the number one contender for the WWE Championship, and he will come up against The Miz next week. However, while a new contender for the male title was named, it was also revealed that a very serious threat to Asuka’s Women’s title reign will also be debuting on Raw very soon.
WWE News: Ripley Straight Into The Main Event Spot
The announcement that Rhea Ripley will be on Raw was made during the show last night, and there are certainly high hopes for the former NXT Women’s champion. Immediately after it was announced, fans began to speculate whether she could be put straight into the title picture on the red brand. The women’s title challenge certainly needs a game-changer, and that is exactly what Ripley brings with her.
She was outstanding in the Royal Rumble in January, and there would have been few complaints should she have been the one to win the match. However, a title showdown with Asuka is the storyline that makes the most sense for her as we edge closer towards Mania, as it would be a match that the fans haven’t seen before.
WWE News: Revisit Flair/Ripley
12 months ago the stage was set for Ripley’s biggest ever match against Charlotte Flair on the Grandest Stage. However, the plan for the women to tear the house down in front of a packed Raymond James Stadium were pulled due to COVID-19, but Ripley still put up an excellent match behind closed doors with Flair winning the NXT title. There is certainly unfinished business between the two women, and this year’s Mania could be the opportunity to close the book on their story for now.
Flair is current engaged in a random story with her father, and needs something more meaningful, while Ripley could hugely benefit from beating the biggest star in the women’s division on her first night on the main roster. It is a story that doesn’t need much selling, but it would be an immediate rocket put onto the back of Ripley.