Former WWF Champion, Mick Foley, has given his backing to Rhea Ripley to win the 2021 Women’s Royal Rumble Match.
With only twelve women so far confirmed for the over-the-top-rope fracas on January 31, it has been widely speculated that ‘The Nightmare’ will make her official main roster debut at the event after losing to Raquel Gonzalez at NXT New Year’s Evil on January 6.
Falling in a Last Woman Standing Match, Ripley was pencilled in for a promotion by Dave Meltzer of The Wrestling Observer Newsletter who categorically stated that she was done on the black and gold brand with nothing left to achieve. This was a sentiment shared by many fans who have often criticised her booking since WrestleMania 36.
Now, Mick Foley has written a Facebook essay on why the former NXT Women’s Champion should prevail in her official debut stating that she will be the name to get people talking:
“I really felt that when Ripley was crowned WWE NXT champion that she had the capacity to do what few before her had been able to accomplish – bring in new fans to see a very different face of WWE. Despite having an outstanding match at WWE WrestleMania, the loss to Charlotte greatly slowed the young Australian’s momentum – and with it, the opportunity to be on the major face of her brand, and that rare transformative wrestler who can attract new fans to the product.”
Should the rumours of a Rhea Ripley main roster debut come true at the Royal Rumble, it won’t be the star’s first experience under the spotlight. Not only has the talent been in the elimination match before in 2019, but she has also competed on Monday Night Raw and Survivor Series where she quickly rose to prominence.
In recent months, Ripley has orated the tale of waiting for the call-up that never occurred with other NXT talent such as best friend Shotzi Blackheart opining that the marvel will be the next female to be snagged by either Raw or SmackDown.