NXT Women’s Title Match: Bianca Belair vs. Rhea Ripley
We go back to the ring and out first comes Bianca Belair. She stops and spins, showing off the “Black History In The Making” message on the back of her robe. Belair swings her hair and heads to the ring. NXT Women’s Champion Rhea Ripley is out next. They have words as Taylor does formal ring introductions.
The bell rings and they size each other up. They test each other and break, taunting and talking some more. Ripley goes to work on Belair’s arm now, keeping her down and talking trash. Belair counters but Ripley knocks her in the mouth. Belair comes back and slams Ripley for a pop. Belair blocks a comeback in the corner as the referee counts. Belair ends up running into boots in the corner. Ripley drops her with short-arm clotheslines. Belair ducks one but Ripley dropkicks her into the corner.
Ripley stomps away in the corner. Ripley with a big chop to the chest. More back and forth but Ripley drops her again to keep control. More back and forth as they trade power moves. Belair grounds Ripley as the dueling chants continue. We see Belair’s parents at ringside. Ripley rocks Belair back into the corner and finally fights free. Ripley with a big back-drop. Belair charges but Ripley lands two clotheslines. Ripley with knees to the face and a takedown. Ripley with a big dropkick while Belair is down. Ripley powers up with Belair on her shoulders. Ripley slams Belair face-first for another close 2 count.
Ripley manhandles Belair in a submission, slapping her around. Belair finally fights free and sends Ripley into the corner face-first. Belair goes on and hits a big Spinebuster for a close 2 count. Ripley with more offense and another close 2 count. Belair ends up rocking Ripley while placing Ripley on the top. They trade huge strikes while one is on the top and the other on the mat. Belair gets the upperhand and presses Ripley high it the air, then to the mat. Fans go wild for Belair. Belair with a handspring moonsault but Ripley gets her knees up. More back and forth as Belair’s parents watch on. Ripley blocks a KOD. Belair ends up taking a big boot to the mat, but comes right back with a big Spear as they both go down now.
They trade strikes from their knees in the middle of the ring now. Fans chant “this is wrestling!” now. Ripley unloads and nails a superkick in the middle of the ring. Belair with strikes and a forearm. Ripley with another kick after blocking the hair whip. Ripley charges and Belair nails a huge back-drop, sending Ripley high in the air and then to the mat. Belair runs the ropes and leaps out, taking Ripley down on the floor. Belair gets up first but Ripley fights her off. Ripley slams Belair face-first into the steel steps. Ripley brings it back in the ring. Belair kicks Ripley away. Ripley charges but Belair sends her back to the floor through the ropes. Ripley fights in from the apron, sending Belair into the top turnbuckle. Belair cuts Ripley off and climbs up with her. Belair goes for a superplex but Ripley fights back. Ripley with a headbutt. Ripley goes for the sunset powerbomb but Belair holds on. Ripley keeps fighting and grabs the pumphandle. Ripley hits a big Riptide while Belair is on the top for the pin to retain.
Winner: Rhea Ripley
– After the match, Ripley recovers as her music hits. We go to replays. Ripley raises her title but she’s attacked from behind out of nowhere. It’s Charlotte Flair. Flair poses as the crowd goes “Wooo!” at her. Flair takes the mic and says she thought about it and she will see Ripley at WrestleMania. Fans pop as Flair drops the mic. Flair hits Natural Selection on Ripley. Fans boo and cheer as Flair raises the NXT Women’s Title in the air. Flair drops the title on Ripley and makes her exit as the mixed reaction continues. Flair exits the ring but grabs Belair and launches her into the steel steps. The boos get louder now as Flair poses.
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