Rhea Ripley Won Royal Rumble Match With Dislocated Knee – “It Went Back In”
Rhea Ripley has revealed that even though she had an impressive win in the Women’s Royal Rumble, she got the win while dealing with an injury.
It was a history-making performance from Rhea Ripley at the 2023 Royal Rumble. Ripley, who is part of The Judgment Day stable on Raw, entered the Rumble match first while Liv Morgan was second.
Even though they were the first two women in the Rumble match, Ripley and Morgan lasted until the very end. While Morgan put up a fight to try to eliminate her bigger opponent, Ripley managed to avoid elimination and dumped Morgan out to win the match. Ripley had seven eliminations in the match as well, which was the most of any woman in the match.
The official match time for the Women’s Royal Rumble was 1:01:08 according to WWE.com with Rhea Ripley setting the record for the longest time in a Women’s Royal Rumble match.
During a post-Royal Rumble press conference that aired on WWE’s YouTube channel, Ripley admitted that she suffered a knee injury during the match, but she was able to work through it.
“I’m obviously beat up. My knees aren’t very good in general, so my knee did dislocate for a second, and then it went back in.”
“But I’m feeling good now, and because of all my emotions, I’m just excited, so I’m blocking out everything else. If anything, I can smell blood in my nose, and that’s definitely there, but my knee is good.”
Thanks to her Royal Rumble victory, Rhea Ripley has punched her ticket to WrestleMania where she will get a championship match against either Raw Women’s Champion Bianca Belair or Smackdown Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair. While it’s not confirmed right now, the rumor is that WWE will likely go with Belair-Ripley at WrestleMania. However, there is still Elimination Chamber before WrestleMania 39 takes place in April, so there’s plenty of time to get there.