Rhea Ripley steps to Shayna Baszler's throne

Rhea Ripley gets in Shayna Baszler’s face: WWE NXT, Aug. 28, 2019

The first-ever NXT UK Women’s Champion confronts NXT Women’s Champion Shayna Baszler in a shocking, unannounced appearance at Full Sail Live. Video courtesy of the award-winning WWE Network.

Shayna Baszler’s reign is among the most dominant we’ve ever seen by an NXT Women’s Champion. The Submission Magician has dispatched a plethora of challengers, but Rhea Ripley used a surprise appearance two weeks ago to remind Baszler that her list of victims doesn’t include her name.

With a few choice words after snatching a microphone from Baszler’s hands, Ripley appears to have her sights set squarely on the longest-reigning champion in WWE. And Ripley knows a thing or two about championship gold herself. The aggressive Aussie won a tournament to become the first-ever NXT UK Women’s Champion a little more than a year ago.

Baszler’s indomitable run over the NXT Women’s division has seen her overcome several threats with the Kirifuda Clutch, but Ripley’s powerful repertoire represents a unique obstacle for The Queen of Spades. 

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