As first reported by WrestleZone on Thursday, Rhea Ripley sustained an injury to her ear during her during her incredible NXT Women’s Championship Match with Io Shirai on the November 18 edition of the black and gold brand.
Now more details have come to light. As revealed by Rhea herself, the star had five of her earrings ripped from her lobe which caused multiple contusions and abrasions on both ears. Following the bout, Ripley posted that doctors had to cut away at the most badly damaged ear in order for it to take shape once again.
Following the physically exhausting bout which saw Ripley crash through the announce table and Shirai retain after her trademark moonsault, both women embraced in a moment many orated looking very much like a farewell for the Australian.
According to Dave Meltzer of The Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Rhea Ripley’s bout against Shirai could very well be her last on the black and gold brand.
During the latest edition of The Wrestling Observer Radio, Meltzer noted that Ripley is now done with NXT and will move to WWE’s main roster imminently. The noted journalist orated that he had heard much talk of the star moving up in order to anchor one of the sparse women’s divisions.
Currently it is unknown when Rhea Ripley may make her Monday Night Raw or Friday Night SmackDown debut, but with a spaces remaining on Team SmackDown’s Survivor Series squad and Ripley looking to make an immediate impact, it could only be a matter of time.
Ripley made a huge impression on WWE management one year ago, when she was not only the main focus of NXT TakeOver: WarGames, but made a stature enhancing appearance at WWE Survivor Series where she became the sole survivor for Team NXT.
It was her exposure there and the overwhelmingly positive reaction from the audience that convinced management she should be the one to dethrone Shayna Baszler of the NXT Women’s Championship o December.