Rhea Ripley Teases Massive WrestleMania 40 Match

Rhea Ripley entrance at WrestleMania 39

Rhea Ripley declared she’d love to answer a WrestleMania challenge from one particular WWE star.

After winning the 2023 Royal Rumble, Rhea Ripley went on to defeat Charlotte Flair at WrestleMania 39 to become the new SmackDown Women’s Champion. Her title was later rebranded as the WWE Women’s World Championship, and she’s maintained her dominance on the red brand.

Speaking in a new interview with India Today, Rhea Ripley looked ahead to WrestleMania 40, saying she’d love to take on former WrestleMania main eventer Becky Lynch.

“I expect a huge challenge from the Man, Becky. She has definitely made her a name for herself in this company. She’s accomplished so much. She’s going down in history, as one of the best. And she will 110 percent be in the Hall of Fame one day. She really has made her own legacy. But like Becky, like Charlotte, like Sasha, like Bayley, like the Four horsewomen, they’ve all made a name for themselves.

“But at the end of the day, when you step in the ring with Mami, it’s a whole different sort of challenge. And if it were to be myself and Becky Lynch at WrestleMania 40, you know, I invite that challenge.”

Have Becky Lynch and Rhea Ripley wrestled in WWE?

While Rhea Ripley and Becky Lynch have faced off in a number of multi-woman matches and on live events, the only televised singes bout between the two came on the 500th episode of NXT on November 20th, 2019. The match didn’t reach a conclusion as Shayna Baszler, Jessamyn Duke, and Marina Shafir interrupted, causing a no contest.

Continuing, Rhea Ripley looked back on that NXT bout and declared that she’d love to find out who the winner of that match would be today.

“Like you said, we went one on one in NXT. And it there was no clear winner because it was A DQ because Shayna, Jessamyn and Marina just had to come down and ruin that for me when I was on the stride of my life.

“So, I would like to see what the outcome would be. I would love to step in the ring with her. I think it would be a great challenge. But at the same time, I feel like she doesn’t exactly know what Mami is capable of. And like what happened at WrestleMania 39, Charlotte underestimated me. She thought I was still the child that she wrestled at WrestleMania 36. I’m not. I’m a completely different animal. I’m a monster these days. I’m a nightmare. I’m an Eradicator.

“And it’s me and Becky. I’m just saying Mami is gonna end up on top, just like she always does. I mean, I’ve got quite a collection going. Uh, I think that if we had Becky to the list, I think everyone would be quite happy with that.”

h/t Fightful