According to Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer Radio, Ripley could soon be featured on either WWE‘s red or blue brand. He revealed how he had recently “heard talk of Ripley moving to the main roster.”
Rhea Ripley competed on this week’s episode of NXT. She faced off against current NXT Women’s Champion Io Shirai in a hard-hitting affair. Despite her best efforts, Ripley lost her bout to Shirai. After the match, the women embraced and showcased mutual respect for one another. Meltzer noted how the matchup and respect shown was done to showcase “finishing up their story.”
Following their match on the black-and-yellow brand, both Ripley and Shirai were listed on NXT‘s Injury Report. Ripley reportedly suffered multiple contusions, with her ear getting split and bleeding at one point during the bout. Shirai, meanwhile, is said to be dealing with a sore neck.
Ripley has already had experience competing for WWE‘s main roster audience. As well as her Survivor Series 2019 appearance as a part of Team NXT, she more recently competed against Charlotte Flair. The two competed for the NXT Women’s Championship during Day 2 of WrestleMania 36 back in April. Flair defeated Ripley for the championship gold.