Nia Jax and Rhea Ripley will face off for the world championship in a thrilling bout at Elimination Chamber in Perth, Australia, on February 24th. While they have met before, this marks their first one-on-one encounter. Their feud has escalated to the point that RAW general manager Adam Pearce had to summon security to mediate.
With the upcoming Iron Woman fight between Bayley and Ripley at WrestleMania, many fans are betting on Ripley to win. However, WWE Hall of Famer Teddy Long sees things differently, suggesting that Ripley’s fans could be surprised by the result.
WWE veteran back Nia Jax against Rhea Ripley
The Eradicator has established herself as a formidable opponent in the women’s division, most notably by retaining her Women’s World Championship and beating the Queen at WrestleMania 39. Her recent proposal of an Iron Woman bout pitting Bayley, winner of the Royal Rumble, against her, has generated a lot of attention. However, she remains cognizant of the imminent Elimination Chamber match in Australia.
In an attempt to get vengeance on Nia Jax for her latest assault, Women’s World Champion Rhea Ripley appeared on “WWE Raw,” but instead she was met with another vicious beating and an Elimination Chamber challenge for the championship. No matter how brief their feud was, The Eradicator faced a serious threat when Nia returned to WWE last year.
Everyone is wondering how this heated confrontation will play out in Australia as the big day draws near. Hall of Fame wrestler Teddy Long even felt compelled to weigh in on the subject. In an interview with Sportskeeda’s ‘The Wrestling Time Machine’ Teddy Long made the bold prediction that Nia Jax will take the championship away from Mami.
The WWE veteran said, “I have watched her in the ring, she ain’t no joke. But I am just saying, it’s my opinion, and I am not saying because I love Nia Jax or whatever. But I just believe that Nia will take this one.”
How many times has Rhea Ripley defended her title?
At the beginning of the new year, Rhea Ripley (aka The Eradicator) made her most recent appearance on WWE RAW to defend her Women’s World Championship. In her rematch from Payback 2023 last year, Ripley regained her championship with a victory against Raquel Rodriguez. It was an exciting moment due to Nia Jax’s return after a long break. In a surprising turn of events, Nia reentered the contest and attacked Rodriguez, setting up Ripley for the Riptide victory.
However, wrestling fans are still baffled as to why Ripley has only made a handful of championship defenses thus far in her reign. Even though she is a major figure in WWE, she has only successfully defended her title a small number of times (Only 4), and they were all at superior live events like Night of Champions, Backlash, Crown Jewel, and Survivor series.
Some think her focus has been elsewhere, particularly on feuds involving Dominik. Despite being champion for more than 300 days, supporters have been disappointed by how infrequently they’ve seen her defend. The next Elimination Chamber event is when she is expected to make her next championship defense, making her limited ring appearances even more anticipated.
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