As the 2023 Royal Rumble approaches, Rhea Ripley has revealed she wants to follow in the footsteps of legendary women like Beth Phoenix to be on of the 30 entrants in the men’s match.
Ripley is one of the most dominant stars to join WWE’s women’s division in recent years. Now, as part of The Judgment Day, the Eradicator is more dangerous than ever.
The faction was formed by WWE Hall of Famer Edge in 2022 and initially included Ripley and Damian Priest. Things took a turn when Edge invited Finn Balor to join the group, only for The Prince to lead a revolt, kicking the Rated-R Superstar to the kerb and begin a feud with him instead.
This led to Edge and Balor facing off in an ‘I Quit’ Match at Extreme Rules in October. The vicious bout came to an end when Ripley attacked Edge’s wife, Beth Phoenix, threatening her with a Con-chair-to. After Edge quit to save Phoenix, Ripley carried out the move anyway and neither Edge nor Phoenix have been seen since.
Rhea Ripley wants to enter the Men’s Royal Rumble match
Despite her actions on WWE TV, Ripley revealed in an interview with Sportskeeda that she was a huge fan of Beth Phoenix growing up.
Not only that, but she wants to follow in the Glamazon’s footsteps to enter the Men’s Rumble match.
“I would love to enter the Men’s Royal Rumble. I would love to; it’ll be a lot of fun. It’s a history-making thing, especially having someone like Beth Phoenix, whom I looked up to as a kid.
“I loved her; I related to her body-wise. So just trying to fill the shoes of someone like Beth Phoenix and help this women’s evolution; I think I would love to step into the Men’s Royal Rumble; I think it’ll be a lot of fun.”
In 2010, Phoenix entered the bout at number six and eliminated The Great Khali before being taken out by CM Punk.
Before Phoenix, the first ever woman to enter the Rumble was Chyna, who was the 30th entrant in the 1999 edition of the show and successfully eliminated Mark Henry before being clotheslined over the top rope by Steve Austin.
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