Australia has its first WWE world champion with Adelaide-born star Rhea Ripley taking out the RAW Women’s Championship belt after defeating Asuka.
Fighting in the semi-main event of WrestleMania 37, Ripley pinned the Japanese star to become Australia’s first champion in the promotion.
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Ripley hit her signature move, the Riptide, to claim the title, just three weeks after joining RAW.
Ripley was only drafted in for the fight last week after Charlotte Flair — the daughter of wrestling legend Ric Flair — withdrew due to a positive COVID-19 test.
Backstage, Ripley was soaking it in.
“Definitely a dream for me tonight,” she said. “Since being a little kid I wanted to be a part of WrestleMania and I finally got my WrestleMania moment in front of a crowd, it was super cool stepping out there.
“I loved every second of it, I was really trying to soak it all in and trying not to cry to be honest.”
Ripley is not the first Australian to win a WWE championship – Melbourne’s Buddy Murphy was previously the Cruiserweight Champion – but the Raw Women’s Title is the most prestigious title won by an Aussie.
While many sports fans will roll their eyes at the WWE, the showpiece event of the sport is big money, big prestige and shows were Ripley ranks in the promotion.
Logan Paul’s ‘disgraceful’ WrestleMania 37 moment
WWE superstars put it all on the line in a highly-entertaining night at WrestleMania 37.
Randy Orton picked up a shock victory over ‘The Fiend’ Bray Wyatt thanks to an RKO after Alexa Bliss distracted her own partner.
WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler retained their titles after beating Natalya and Tamina, who won a Tag Team Turmoil Match last night on night one.
Kevin Owens defeated Sami Zayn in an awesome encounter that saw the winner taking out YouTube star Logan Paul with a Stunner after the bell.
The commentators said Paul was “shameful, disgraceful” before being hit with Kevin Owens’ Stunner.
Apollo Crews dethroned Intercontinental Champion Big E thanks to a surprise interference by Dabba-Kato.
Sheamus also won the US Championship thanks to a devastating Brogue Kick on Riddle.
But Roman Reigns retained the Universal Championship by beating both Edge and Daniel Bryan thanks to some help from Jey Uso.
Reigns delivered a devastating Spear on the Hall of Famer after Jey Uso’s interference.
The Head of the Table then hit the Rated-R Superstar with a Con-Chair-To and dragged him over the unconscious Bryan to pin them both at the same time.