“Dirty” Dominik Mysterio of The Judgment Day is standing in the ring, and the crowd is loudly booing him. Mysterio starts to speak, and the boos get louder! Mysterio wants them to welcome the greatest Women’s World Champion of all time, Rhea Ripley! The crowd did its best to drown him out.
“THIS IS MY BRUTALITY!”
Women’s World Champion Rhea Ripley, a finalist for the 2024 South Australian Woman of the Year, makes her way to the ring to a great ovation. Ripley will next defend her championship against “The Man” Becky Lynch.
Ripley says, “Welcome to Monday Night Mami!” A loud “Mami” chant picks up. This weekend, she walked into her home country as the Women’s World Champion and out as the Women’s World Champion. Nia Jax might have been the biggest threat to her title reign. It doesn’t matter how big you are. Just because she’s from Down Under doesn’t take away from the fact that Mami is always on top. She is Rhea “Bloody” Ripley.
“The Man” Becky Lynch heads to the ring. Lynch gets in the ring and stands across the ring from her WrestleMania XL opponent. A “Becky” chant picks up. Lynch says, “The Man has come around to San Jose! And the Man has come around to WrestleMania to fight you.” Lynch points at Ripley. Lynch says she is out here to congratulate Ripley. Ripley had a great night on Saturday. Actually, they both did. Lynch won the Elimination Chamber. Ripley successfully defended the title against Nia Jax in her home country in a filled stadium in the main event. Ripley’s friends and family were in the front row to see her victory. It was even better because now they won’t have to fly over to WrestleMania to watch Ripley lose. The crowd boos. Mysterio says, “Nobody talks to Mami like that.” The crowd loudly boos Mysterio. Lynch says, “Shut your mouth, you dirty cumquat.” If Mami won’t put him in his place, the Man will. Ripley has been the face of this company over the last year, but she spent the majority of the time being fed grapes by that loser (Mysterio). Lynch has been the heart and soul of the company, became a Grand Slam Champion, and has a best-selling book. The Man can do it all, including beating Rhea “Bloody” Ripley.
Ripley asks if she’s done. Lynch nods. Ripley warns her not to disrespect her Latino Heat ever again. Ripley congratulates Lynch on winning the Elimination Chamber. It’s about time she stopped disappointing Ripley to get a little close to her. The Man always thinks they’re the backbone of everything. The funny thing is behind every great man is a greater woman. Ripley isn’t behind Lynch because Mami is always on top. Ripley and Mysterio walk off.
All of a sudden, Nia Jax attacks Lynch from behind. Jax slams Lynch down a few times and drops a leg. Jax shouts at Ripley and drops another leg on Lynch. Ripley and Mysterio storm off. Jax pulls Lynch to the corner and sets up for an Annihilator, but WWE officials run down to help. Raw General Manager Adam Pearce shouts at Jax and warns her that he’ll fine her. Jax angrily walks off.
The Judgment Day is walking backstage when they come across Women’s World Champion Rhea Ripley. She asks “Dirty” Dominik Mysterio about challenging Gunther. Mysterio says they’ve got this. Ripley says she hopes so and walks off. Finn Bálor tells him to go smooth that over. Mysterio walks off and bumps into Andrade. Mysterio says it’s good to see him, but he’s got to smooth things over. Andrade says he’s going to be meeting with Adam Pearce to discuss his first opponent. Mysterio wishes him luck.
Women’s World Championship
Nia Jax vs. Rhea Ripley (c)
MASSIVE pop for Rhea Ripley. Absolutely a superstar entrance on another level. Big-time presentation for The Eradicator.
The bell rings, and they stare at each other from across the ring. They lock up, and Jax shoves her off to boos. Ripley ducks a clothesline and punches Jax before bouncing her face off her knee. Ripley head-butts her and chops the chest. Ripley springboards off the ropes and hits a hurricanrana into the corner. Ripley knocks Jax back and goes for a Riptide, but Jax easily fights out. Jax takes her down and squashes her with a senton bomb. Jax sends her to the corner and avalanches her. Ripley is down in the corner. Jax hits a running hip attack and does a stink face. Ripley punches back as Jax pulls her up. Jax quickly head-butts her to take her back down. Jax hits the ropes and connects with a leg drop. Jax talks trash and slaps her. Ripley kicks back at her, but Jax kicks her in the chest. Jax applies a surfboard stretch and stomps her face into the mat. Jax applies a stretch muffler before transitioning into a single-leg crab. Ripley tries to fight out, but Jax jumps on the back. Jax taunts Ripley’s family at ringside. Ripley fights back, but Jax head-butts her down. Jax applies a torture rack and walks around the ring with the Women’s World Champion in pain. Ripley wiggles out and applies a guillotine choke. Jax lifts her off, so Ripley goes for a sunset flip. Jax doesn’t go down and tries to sit on her, but Ripley moves.
Ripley punches back at Jax, but Jax grabs her by the throat. Ripley chops out and grabs the hand before going for a springboard hurricanrana. Jax holds her up and powerbombs her twice. Jax hits a leg drop to the back of the head and covers. 1… 2… Ripley kicks out. Jax heads to the second rope for an Annihilator, but Ripley kicks the legs out! Jax is hung up on the ropes, so Ripley comes off the top rope with a double stomp to the chest. Ripley heads to the top rope and connects with a missile dropkick for a near fall. Ripley grabs her lower back in pain. Ripley hits a pair of short-arm clotheslines, but Jax doesn’t go down. Jax then floors her with a Samoan Drop. Jax hits the ropes for a leg drop, but Ripley moves. Ripley hits a basement dropkick to the head. Ripley climbs the ropes, but Jax cuts her off. Jax gets Ripley on her shoulders and hits a Samoan Drop off the second rope! Jax covers Ripley: 1… 2… Ripley barely kicks out. Jax drags her to the corner and climbs the ropes for an Annihilator, but Ripley gets up and puts Jax in the electric chair. Ripley drops her face-first on the top rope, and Jax is down. Ripley goes to the top rope, shimmies a la Eddie Guerrero and “Dirty” Dominik Mysterio, and hits a frog splash for a near fall.
Jax soon grabs Ripley and sends her out of the ring. Ripley hits the apron hard. Jax heads outside the ring, but Ripley sweeps the feet. Ripley clears the commentary table and goes for a powerbomb. Ripley can’t get Jax up. Jax then hits her with a Samoan Drop on the table, but it doesn’t break. Jax then stands on one of the commentator’s chairs and hits an elbow drop through the table! Jax gets Ripley in the ring and hits an Annihilator (Banzai Drop). Jax covers 1… 2… Ripley kicks out!
Jax is irate and viciously attacks Ripley before throwing her down. Jax goes to the second rope for another Annihilator, but Ripley pops up and shoves her to the apron. Ripley climbs to the second rope and pulls her up for a superplex, but Jax fights her away. Jax head-butts her down and climbs to the top rope. Ripley scales the ropes and hits Jax with a superplex! Ripley waits for Jax to get up and kicks her in the face. Ripley connects with a Riptide for the win!
Winner by Pinfall and still Women’s World Champion: Rhea Ripley
Ripley’s home crowd gives her an incredible ovation. Pyrotechnics go off in Optus Stadium, and fireworks go off outside. In 42 days, Rhea Ripley will next defend the Women’s World Championship against “The Man” Becky Lynch at WrestleMania XL. Ripley celebrates with her family and poses in the ring as the show comes to an end.
Women’s World Champion Rhea Ripley and Nia Jax will participate in a sitdown interview next.
WWE promotes Jelly Roll’s Beautifully Broken Tour. Tickets go on sale on March 1.
Women’s World Champion Rhea Ripley and Nia Jax are shown on split-screen, seated in separate rooms. Michael Cole asks Ripley if she has butterflies heading into her home country. Ripley says this is her first chance to compete in her home country as a WWE Champion. The last time she was there, it was as part of the independent scene. When she came to WWE, she was uncomfortable in her own skin. She had to remind herself who she was. She’s Rhea “Bloody” Ripley, the most dominant woman in WWE. Nia Jax sarcastically says that was cute. She is twice Ripley’s size and has triple her talent. Jax is happy this is happening in her homeland. When she squashes Ripley again, Mami will go home crying to her Mommy. Ripley says Jax can talk all she wants and attack her from behind all she wants. When she’s face-to-face with her in Perth, Australia listening to everyone screaming for Mami, she’ll crumble. Jax’s nightmares will become a reality when she realizes she is just not good enough. Ripley says she’ll see her in Perth and leaves. Jax sneers into the camera.
WWE Women’s World Champion Rhea Ripley is out next, talking up being the most dominant woman holding a title in the company before noting that Bayley has made her choice to go against her former friend Iyo at WrestleMania. She talks about the challenge ahead of her when she heads home for Elimination Chamber Perth…and is interrupted by Becky Lynch.
Becky calls out the champion, promising she will win the Elimination Chamber to earn her shot at Mami’s title…assuming Ripley makes it past Nia Jax in Perth. This leads to a stare down and some jaw jacking before Adam Pearce intervenes.
The Judgment Day Clubhouse
The Judgment Day is watching backstage. WWE Women’s Champion Rhea Ripley says if Bayley chooses her at WrestleMania, then it’s her funeral. Ripley will remind her who she is. Tonight is about sending a message, a message that wasn’t sent at the Royal Rumble. Damian Priest says they’re done with distractions. Finn Bálor says everyone is getting too comfortable challenging the Judgment Day. Tonight, they’ll show the world how vicious they are. Bálor and Priest walk off.
Bayley is in the ring with WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions The Kabuki Warriors, WWE Women’s Champion IYO SKY, and Dakota Kai. Together, they all make up Damage CTRL. Bayley says she’ll let the people take a picture of them in the ring. When was the last time the Women’s Tag Team Champions, the Women’s Champion, and the Royal Rumble were all in the ring together? It’s never been done before. This is history, all because of Bayley. Everyone thought Bayley was done, that she wasn’t as good coming back from injury… she might not have been on the poster, but she is a winner. Bayley won against the most stacked women’s roster they’ve had. She also beat Rhea Ripley’s record and lasted 63 minutes and 3 seconds.
Women’s World Champion Rhea Ripley comes out to the stage. Ripley says the only reason Bayley beat her time in the Royal Rumble is because she wasn’t in the match. The rest of Damage CTRL has gold. If Bayley chooses her for WrestleMania, it will remain that way. All of a sudden, Nia Jax attacks Bayley from behind. Jax fights Ripley into the ring and hits her with a leg drop. Jax drops two more leg drops before hitting her with an Annilator! Jax approaches Bayley, who cowers in the corner. Jax tells Bayley to pick Iyo because Ripley is not making it to WrestleMania. Bayley sheepishly says she’ll make her decision this Friday.
Royal Rumble Kickoff Show
Now we see a special “earlier today” video where Kayla Braxton talks with Rhea Ripley inside an empty Tropicana Field staring at the ring. Ripley talks about how she can’t envision the winner of tonight’s Rumble calling her out and wasting their ticket to WrestleMania. She boasts being the only one to draw no. 1 and win the entire thing in women’s history and then tells Braxton to hit the bricks so she can be alone.
During the Women’s Royal Rumble match we see WWE Women’s Champion IYO SKY is watching backstage. Elsewhere backstage, Women’s World Champion Rhea Ripley is watching the match.
The Judgment Day Clubhouse
The Judgment Day is watching backstage. Women’s World Champion Rhea Ripley says this is not good. Raw General Manager Adam Pearce told her that next week on Raw, Finn Bálor and Damian Priest will defend the Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championship against #DIY. She thinks Drew McIntyre is the least of their worries. Priest says he’s not trying to fight everyone. McIntyre will be handled by Priest. He’s not the one walking around with a big head because they’re on the cover of 2K. Priest also isn’t the one going to Pearce’s office to make matches for the Judgment Day every other week. Priest wants her to stop going to Pearce’s office. Priest is going to clear his head for this match. Judgment Day business is under control. Priest walks off.
Ripley tells JD McDonagh and “Dirty” Dominik Mysterio that #DIY should have been taken care of long ago. Bálor is laughing. Ripley asks Bálor what is so funny. Priest will take care of McIntyre alone. She tells Bálor he’ll be at ringside with JD for Dom’s match. It’s been a while since she’s seen the vicious side of Bálor. Bálor asks if she wants vicious. He’ll show her vicious.
A dejected Becky Lynch is walking backstage. Women’s World Champion Rhea Ripley says she might have to make other plans for WrestleMania. Lynch pouts as Ripley walks off.
The Judgment Day’s Clubhouse
Finn Bálor, “Dirty” Dominik Mysterio, JD McDonagh, and Women’s World Champion Rhea Ripley are backstage watching the Nia Jax video. Ripley walks off and says she has to address her division. Damian Priest walks in, and Ripley stares at him before leaving. Bálor asks where Priest has been. Priest says he’s the only one who has an issue with Drew McIntyre running his mouth, so he addressed it with Adam Pearce. JD McDonagh asks when they can beat up R-Truth. Priest tells McDonagh to worry less about R-Truth and worry about not letting what happened tonight happen again. Bálor asks if he’s really defending R-Truth. Priest says that R-Truth earns for the crew. They should go get their cut, but McDonagh shouldn’t count on one. Priest says he and Bálor have serious business and need to focus on their match.
We see Women’s World Champion Rhea Ripley walking backstage. She will address the Women’s Division next.
Women’s World Champion Rhea Ripley addresses the Women’s Division
“THIS IS MY BRUTALITY!”
Women’s World Champion Rhea Ripley makes her entrance. She looks extremely serious as she heads to the ring. A LOUD “Mami” chant picks up. Ripley looks unimpressed. Ripley says she is so sick and tired of people like Nia Jax running their mouths and claiming that this is their division. This is Rhea Ripley’s division. That’s why this is her championship. The crowd gives her a great ovation. Ripley warns whoever wins the Royal Rumble Match. If they decide to waste their WrestleMania, then she advises them to choose her. If they don’t want to waste that opportunity, they can choose someone else. It’ll end up like last year because Mami is always on top.
Becky Lynch’s music hits! The crowd is absolutely buzzing as Mami and The Man stand in the ring. Lynch says, “So here we stand… two very different people with two very similar journies.” They’re two women from foreign lands who came here to be the very best to ever do it. Both spent years meandering and being afterthoughts at WrestleMania to being the face of the industry at the next one. There’s a difference: one of them went to win the Main Event of WrestleMania. The other did not. There’s another difference. One of them has a natural ability in the ring and finesse that is unmatched with the strength of a bear. The other has a relentlessness and determination that is unmatched. They’re the two very best to do it. There’s this thought and voice in Lynch’s head that keeps her awake. It’s saying to her that Ripley might be better than Lynch. Lynch needs to prove that Ripley is not. To do that, she needs to take that title from her. To do that, she needs to win the Royal Rumble. Lynch needs to point to the sign. She needs to declare at WrestleMania it will be Mami versus The Man.
Ripley says only one person wants Lynch to win the Royal Rumble more than Lynch, and that is Rhea Ripley. Ripley says, “I’ll see you at WrestleMania.” Ripley walks off.
Michael Cole is in the ring. This woman beat Becky Lynch last week and is a favorite to win the Royal Rumble. Cole introduces “The Irresistible Force” Nia Jax.
Nia Jax makes her way to the ring. Cole says she shocked the world when she dominated Becky Lynch to pick up the victory last week on Raw. Jax is incredulous that Cole said it was shocking. Jax wasn’t shocked. She’s a different Nia Jax. She’s more focused. Is Cole like these people here who didn’t think she’d break Becky Lynch’s face again? What would be shocking is if she broke Cole’s face. Jax says she’s more focused on the Royal Rumble. Soon, she’ll run through 29 other women and earn her main event spot at WrestleMania. Whether it be Rhea Ripley or IYO SKY, there’s not a man or woman who can stop her.
“THIS IS MY BRUTALITY!”
Women’s World Champion Rhea Ripley makes her way to the ring to a huge reaction. Ripley gets in the ring and laughs. A LOUD “Mami” chant fires up. Ripley says these people know what’s up. They also know that Jax likes to talk a big game. Jax is walking around out here like she’s already won the Royal Rumble. Does Jax remember what happened last year because Ripley does. She threw Jax out. Last week, she might have beaten Becky Lynch, which is a fine achievement. The fact remains that Becky Lynch isn’t Rhea “Bloody” Ripley. Until Jax wants to step up to her, she advises her to stop walking around like she owns this division because she doesn’t. If Jax manages to win the Royal Rumble, it’s best to keep Ripley’s name out of her mouth.
Jax says she gives Ripley all the credit. The crowd loudly boos Jax. Ripley might be the most dominant champion in this division’s history, but she put Ripley on her ass when she came back. The only reason she’s not holding that title is because Ripley is too scared to face her one-on-one. At the Royal Rumble when she squashes 29 other women and wins, she’s going to choose Ripley. Ripley will have no excuse and no choice but to face her. Jax says, “See you soon, unstoppable champ.” Jax walks off.
The Judgment Day’s Clubhouse
Damian Priest is shown laughing at what he just watched, but JD McDonagh is not happy. Women’s World Champion Rhea Ripley asks when they’re going to handle the R-Truth joke. Priest says when the time comes, they’ll handle it. Ripley says Priest and Finn Bálor have a lot to handle with #DIY. Bálor flips out about them, so Priest calms him down. Priest says Drew McIntyre is too much of a joke to be his enemy. Speaking of enemies, did Ripley think it was a good idea to make one of Nia Jax? Ripley tells McDonagh to take care of The Miz. McDonagh is confident he will.
The Judgment Day’s Clubhouse
Finn Bálor, Damian Priest, and Rhea Ripley are not happy with this result. Bálor says this cannot keep happening. Ripley says she’s going to talk to Raw General Manager Adam Pearce about their plans for next week. Priest says they’ll tell the boys when they get back.
Women’s World Championship
Ivy Nile vs. Rhea Ripley (c)
Samantha Irvin handles the in-ring introductions once both competitors are in the ring.
The bell rings, and they lock up. They tussle before Ripley powers Nile down onto her face. Ripley taunts her, so Nile lifts her onto her shoulders. Ripley quickly elbows her and slides off before kicking her in the back of the knee to take her down. Ripley hits a basement dropkick in the head. Ripley powers her up and sends her to the corner. Nile goes for a slingshot over Ripley, but she doesn’t get much air and lands on Ripley. Nile blocks a boot and punches her. Ripley reverses a whip to the opposite corner, but Nile boots her back. Ripley quickly puts her on the apron, but Nile forearms her back. Nile goes to the top rope for a cross-body block for a one-count. Ripley quickly pops up and boots her down.
Ripley talks trash to Nile and clubs the back. Ripley talks trash and sends Nile into the ropes, but Nile takes her out with a running hurricanrana. Ripley goes for a kick, but Nile blocks it and slams Ripley down. Ripley gets out of the ring to recover.
Picture-in-Picture Commercial Break: Ripley is absolutely irate at ringside and takes her time getting back in. Ripley finally does and charges, but Nile pulls the top rope down to send her right back outside. Nile hits a baseball slide and bounces her off the apron. Ripley quickly kicks her, but Nile fights back. Ripley cuts her off and hits an electric chair facebuster on the ring apron. Ripley gets her in the ring and sends her into the ropes before clubbing her in the small of the back. Ripley repeats the move, and Nile is in a lot of pain. Ripley signals that this match is getting easy for her. Ripley again attacks the lower back. Ripley grabs Nile, but Nile hits a jawbreaker. This simply angers Ripley, who attacks Nile and picks up a two-count. Ripley stands over Nile and punches away at her. Ripley then applies a seated abdominal stretch.
Back from the break, Ripley is digging an elbow into the ribs of Nile as she cinches in the seated abdominal stretch. Nile fights up and punches her, but Ripley easily dropkicks her out of the ring. Ripley checks her mouth for cuts before going outside. Ripley goes for an electric chair facebuster onto the apron again, but Nile gets out. Nile grabs her in a waistlock, and Ripley shouts, “Oh, s**t,” before taking a German Suplex on the floor!
Nile kicks Ripley as she gets in the ring and hits a spin kick to the face. Nile connects with a head-scissor takeover, and the crowd is getting behind her. Nile kicks Ripley in the corner and hits a leg lariat for a two-count. Nile hooks a front facelock, but Ripley fights out. Nile fights back with a satellite DDT for a near fall. Nile pulls Ripley up and sets up for a move, but Ripley fights out. Nile flips through a back suplex, but she doesn’t stick the landing. Ripley soon head-butts Nile down and goes to the top rope for a vicious missile dropkick. 1… 2… Nile kicks out. Ripley is getting frustrated.
Ripley sets up for a Riptide, but Nile slides through and kicks her in the ear. Nile hits a snap fireman’s carry slam for a near fall. Nile pulls her up, but Ripley fights back and smashes her face on her knee. Ripley crushes her with a lariat. Ripley powers her up and slams her down onto her face for a near fall. Ripley grabs her by the hair and shoves her to the corner. Ripley shoulders away at her in the corner and puts her on the top rope. Ripley punches her in the face and sets up for a superplex. Nile fights back and goes for a sunset flip powerbomb, but Ripley hangs on. Nile bounces Ripley’s head off the turnbuckle and hits a German Suplex off the second rope for a near fall! That was nasty!
Nile kicks away at Ripley. The crowd chants, “This is awesome!” Nile takes Ripley down after a flurry of kicks to the chest. Nile goes to the top rope and dives, but Ripley head-butts her out of mid-air! Ripley knees her and connects with a decisive Riptide for the win!
Winner by Pinfall and still Women’s World Champion: Rhea Ripley