Rhea Ripley Beats Raquel Rodriguez to Retain Women’s World Title at WWE Payback 2023


SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO - MAY 06: Rhea Ripley enters the ring during the WWE Backlash at Coliseo de Puerto Rico José Miguel Agrelot on May 06, 2023 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.(Photo by Gladys Vega/ Getty Images)

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Rhea Ripley beat Raquel Rodriguez to keep the Women’s World Championship at WWE Payback on Saturday.

The Australian hit Rodriguez with a Riptide for the win after her challenger had actually struck an interfering Dominik Mysterio with a powerslam.


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Ripley was all set in waiting, however, and later on utilized her finisher to keep her title.

For almost 2 months, Ripley and Rodriguez have actually been involved in a bitter competition, coming from the Judgment Day member basically costing Rodriguez and Liv Morgan the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships.

Prior to a title defense versus Chelsea Green and Sonya Deville in July, Rodriguez and Morgan were assaulted by Ripley. Raquel suffered a knee injury, and it led straight to Green and Deville winning the belts.

With Ripley on the rack due to a knee disorder, Ripley focused her attention on Morgan and sent her to the hurt list also by trapping her arm inside a steel chair and stomping on it.

Despite not being cleared for in-ring competitors, a furious Rodriguez attempted to get vengeance on Ripley in the weeks that followed, resulting in numerous brawls in between them.

A number of weeks earlier on Raw, Rodriguez emerged following a match in between Ripley and Candice LeRae. She hopped out on a crutch, however it was a ploy, as she tossed it away and took the battle to the Aussie.

Rodriguez exposed that she was formally cleared to battle once again, and a championship in between the 2 was scheduled for Payback.

While Ripley and Rodriguez are buddies in reality, they have had their reasonable share of extreme in-ring fights versus each other, going back to their time together in NXT.

Both were NXT females’s champs, however specific success from NXT to the primary lineup equated faster for Ripley, who has actually been the dominant force in the ladies’s department.

Rodriguez is a multi-time tag group champ, however Payback represented among her very first significant chances to win songs gold on the primary lineup.

Rodriguez turned into one of the very first females to match the champ’s strength and physicality at Payback, however Ripley still discovered a method to continue her run as ladies’s world champ.

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