Rhea Ripley def. MJ Jenkins in a First-Round Match

MJ Jenkins vs. Rhea Ripley - First-Round Match: Mae Young Classic, Sept. 5, 2018

The ruthless Rhea Ripley asserts her strength against the boundlessly energetic MJ Jenkins. Video courtesy of the award-winning WWE Network.

In her first outing on WWE Network, new NXT signee MJ Jenkins showed plenty of charisma, style, grace and grit; she even threw in a few crowd-pleasing dance moves, but none of that was enough to counter Rhea Ripley’s cruel combination of bad attitude and terrifying power.

Ripley, who rejected a pre-match handshake, was put on her heels by Jenkins’ hot start, which saw the native of Brooklyn, N.Y., spin Ripley around the ring with armdrags. The Afrolicious Superstar also took to the air, downing the audacious Aussie with a springboard dropkick late in the match. Despite her smooth moves, Jenkins wound up trapped in Ripley’s organ-quaking pump-handle powerbomb moments later. The powerful slam echoed throughout Full Sail Live and paved the way to round two for the Mae Young Classic’s meanspirited mosh-pit pugilist.

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