Rhea Ripley's Raw Women's Championship was on the line at WrestleMania Backlash as she competed in a Triple Threat match against Charlotte Flair and Asuka.
What was originally slated to be a one-on-one encounter was eventually modified after Charlotte voiced her belief that Ripley stole her place at WrestleMania 37. Sonya Deville capitulated to The Queen's demands and added the 13-time Champion (singles and tag) to the match.
Here's what happened:
RAW Women's Championship Triple Threat Match
Rhea Ripley (c) vs Asuka vs Charlotte Flair
Everyone start off timidly before Charlotte gets out of the ring and Asuka goes after her before Rhea goes the other way and they get back inside before everyone hits a move. Rhea and Asuka shove each other before sending Charlotte out of the ring and knocking her off of the apron before Asuka gets two off of a series of pin attempts. Charlotte sweeps Asuka and pulls her out of the ring before slamming her onto the floor before Charlotte and Rhea exchange words and strikes before Charlotte slams Rhea and stomps her in the corner. Rhea clears the ring before Charlotte takes out both Asuka and Rhea at ringside before locking in a rear chin lock on Asuka in the ropes. Asuka locks in an armbar before Charlotte gets to the ropes for the break before Asuka locks it in again and Rhea breaks it up before Charlotte chops her. Charlotte hits a flat liner into the middle turnbuckle before countering a German by Asuka and dropping her with chops before Rhea clotheslines her repeatedly. Rhea hits a northern lights suplex for a deep two count that Asuka breaks up before she and Asuka rock each other with strikes. Asuka hits Charlotte with a pair of Germans before hitting Rhea with a hip attack in the corner before kicking both Charlotte and Rhea before hitting Charlotte with a sliding knee for two. Charlotte clears the ring before taking Rhea and Asuka out with a moonsault before they hit a double superplex to Charlotte and all three women exchange strikes in a circle. Charlotte takes out Asuka and Rhea with a double chop block and a double Natural Selection for a double cover for a double near fall before Asuka hits Charlotte with a Code Breaker. Everyone counters each other's finishers before Charlotte is sent out of the ring and Rhea pins Asuka with the Riptide for the win.
Winner: Rhea Ripley defeats Asuka and Charlotte Flair via pinfall to retain her RAW Women's title.
This was Rhea's first successful defence of the Raw Women's Championship as her Raw After Mania rematch with Asuka ended in a No Contest.
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