Long reigns the new Queen, Rhea Ripley
— WWE (@WWE) April 2, 2023
By Ed Emeanua
It took sweat, tears, tattered emotions, and blood to dethrone Queen Charlotte Flair at WrestleMania 39 Saturday in Hollywood California.
Rhea gave just that and more en-route to unseating Flair and rightly getting her deserved coronation as new WWE SmackDown Women’s champion.
The crowning move was a Rhea’s Riptide uncannily executed from the second rope as all seemed to have failed to put away the foe to earn the victory. Charlotte characteristically applied her trademark Spear to Rhea’s midsection to no avail. Rhea, responded with her Riptide, but the former Queen still found enough gusto within to weather the storm.
However, try as hard as she did, Rhea remained true to her match-plan by managing to deny Charlotte the opportunity to execute her deadliest move-the figure four-which has broken many resolute oppositions in the past.
Both women enthralled the WWE universe as each tried to protect pride, respect and honor in this epic tie with huge career implications.
The match itself-an all women affair- featured a female announcer, referee and wrestlers, a truly historic moment in the annals of WrestleMania and the WWE.
- United States Championship Match: Austin Theory def. John Cena
- WrestleMania Showcase Match: The Street Profits def. Braun Strowman and Ricochet, Alpha Academy, and The Viking Raiders
- Seth Rollins def. Logan Paul
- Becky Lynch, Lita and Trish Stratus def. Damage CTRL (Bayley, Dakota Kai, IO Sky)
- Rey Mysterio def. Dominik Mysterio
- SmackDown Women’s Championship: Charlotte Flair (c) vs. Rhea Ripley