WWE’s Rhea Ripley has compared herself to WWE Hall of Famer Chyna, as the Judgement Day member continues to impress weekly on Monday Night Raw. Alongside Finn Balor, Damian Priest and Dominik Mysterio, she has helped make Judgement Day an intensely popular stable and one of the highlights of the show on a weekly basis.
She has done her best to break out from her previous identity and forge a new one, as the matriarch of the Judgement Day. With Dominik Mysterio under her thumb, she is an imposing figure that has not been seen in the WWE Women’s division since the days of Chyna in the Attitude Era.
Rhea Ripley seems to agree with the comparisons to the former WWE Intercontinental Champion. Chyna is respected by many as a trailblazer in the women’s division, setting the standard for females to wrestle men in the men’s division. She was also the first woman to appear in the men’s Royal Rumble and also to win a male title, when she defeated Chris Jericho to win the WWE Intercontinental Championship.
In an interview with the New York Post, Rhea Ripley revealed that she sees herself as leading a new era in women’s wrestling and welcomes the comparison to Chyna, and how she gets to “show everyone who the hell I am”.
“It’s something that we haven’t seen (in WWE) since pretty much Chyna. So it’s cool that I get to be that person. I get to go out there and pick them up to show everyone who the hell I am without actually having the bell ring and being in the ring.”
Rhea Ripley is currently a part of Monday Night Raw, in the Judgement Day stable. She joined the team in May 2022, which was started by Edge. He was replaced by Finn Balor not long after and has been the head of the team ever since. She hasn’t wrestled in the past four months, due to a “brain and teeth injury” but now looks set to return to the ring on a more regular basis.
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