Rhea Ripley def. Kacy Catanzaro in a Second-Round Match
Kacy Catanzaro’s brilliant ingenuity and jaw-dropping agility ran into trouble against the ferocious power and bad temper of Rhea Ripley. Relying on her extreme size and strength advantage, Ripley pummeled the “American Ninja Warriors” alumna (whom Ripley disparaged as a “spider monkey” on Twitter) with high-impact moves, and she tried to take out Catanzaro’s leaping ability by applying a modified Texas Cloverleaf.
Mighty Kacy bravely withstood the punishment, coming back to stun the Australian ripper with a mind-blowing around-the-world DDT and corkscrew dive. Yet, such a high-risk offense can come at a severe cost, as Catanzaro found out when she tried to execute a handstand into a flying headscissors. Ripley ruthlessly kicked Catanzaro’s hands, shrugged off the headscissors and lifted Catanzaro into the Riptide to pick up the win and move on to the Quarterfinals.