22/04/2024

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Australian-born and raised WWE superstar, Rhea Ripley has officially marked 365 days as Women’s World Champion.

After spending four years as a professional wrestler in the Australian independent scene, Ripley signed with WWE in 2017 and claimed her first title within one year. Through winning the inaugural NXT UK Women’s Championship, she became the first female Australian champion in the company’s history.

Since joining The Judgment Day in May of 2022, Ripley has changed her look and formed the popular character that has led to her most prosperous years in professional wrestling.

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The Adelaide native won the prestigious women’s Royal Rumble last year as the number one entrant, withstanding 29 other superstars to earn a World Championship shot at WrestleMania 39. In an absolute thriller, Ripley defeated Charlotte Flair to begin her current and dominating reign.

After a host of impressive matches throughout her tenure, the standout event for Ripley and her Australian fans was when WWE came to Australia in February.

For the first time since 2018’s Premium Live Event (PLE) Super Show-Down, WWE hosted Elimination Chamber in Perth at Optus Stadium.

The show closed out with Ripley beating Sydney-born Nia Jax in the main event, the first time the champion had competed in Australia as a WWE superstar. Her homecoming was heard across the entire weekend at the final stop before WrestleMania 40, where she will defend her title against Becky Lynch.

If Ripley defeats her WrestleMania opponent and walks out of Philadelphia as champion, it will ensure that she will become the longest-reigning Women’s World Champion of all time. The current record belongs to Bayley and stands at 379 days.

Ripley was also revealed as a cover star for the Deluxe Edition of WWE 2K24 alongside Bianca Belair in January.

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