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WWE Has Announced Rhea Ripley’s First Raw Match In Five Months

The 11/21 episode of WWE Raw will feature Rhea Ripley vs. Asuka in a WarGames Advantage Match. The match will be Ripley’s first on the Red Brand since she defeated Alexa Bliss, Doudrop, and Liv Morgan on the June 6 episode, where she became the #1 contender to Bianca Belair’s “Raw” Women’s Championship before being benched with a brain/teeth injury.

Ripley would then miss nearly four months of in-ring action before returning to action last month in a mixed-tag match alongside Damien Priest at a WWE live event. Since that match on October 15, Ripley has regularly wrestled in multi-person and tag team matches at WWE live events, but she has been barred from appearing in any TV matches — with the exception of her singles match against Roxanne Perez on the October 18 episode of WWE NXT. Ripley’s match against Asuka on Monday would be his first singles match on WWE Raw since May 29.

At the upcoming Survivor Series premium live event, Ripley, Nikki Cross, and Damage CTRL (Bayley, IYO SKY, Dakota Kai) will face Team Bianca (Bianca Belair, Alexa Bliss, Asuka, Mia Yim, and an unnamed partner) in a WarGames Match. After Belair refused to reveal the surprise this week, the fifth and final member of Team Bianca is expected to be revealed on Monday. Fans on social media have speculated that possible additions to WarGames include the returning Tegan Nox, Candice LeRae, Becky Lynch, Sasha Banks, Naomi, and Charlotte Flair.

Ripley vs. Asuka

The outcome of the Ripley vs. Asuka match is critical because the winner’s team will gain an advantage in the WarGames match. While Ripley has competed in two WarGames matches, Asuka has never entered the dual steel cage structure. SKY and Kai have the most WarGames experience, having competed in all four previous WarGames matches under WWE NXT banner.

Lately, one fan react to a photo of Ripley flexing after one workout on Twitter. As previously reported, Ripley revealed on Instagram that she is currently sidelined due to a brain/teeth injury, but she did not elaborate. It appears that her injury was caused by a previous mishap that required her to have dental work done. On June 8, The Nightmare shared photos of a metal-looking wire trying to hold her front teeth in place. 

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Fans believe Ripley’s knee smashed into her own head on the June 6 episode of Raw after she took a DDT from Liv Morgan during one Fatal Four-Way to helm a No. 1 contender to Bianca Belair’s Raw Women’s Championship. Ripley won the fight, but she hasn’t been back in the ring since.

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