Rhea Ripley Retains NXT Championship Against Toni Storm

Rhea Ripley

Photo Credit: Bill Pritchard

Rhea Ripley kicked in the new year in a big way, taking down Shayna Baszler to capture the NXT Championship in grand fashion. During her first chance at defending the belt, Ripley didn’t disappoint, taking down Toni Storm in an incredible match to retain her grip on the belt. With some of her main rivals – including Bianca Belair – watching from the crowd, Ripley continued to show why she’s one of the best in the business, and is now ready to continue defending the title from anyone.

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Ripley drives Storm into the corner. Armbar by Ripley. Storm escapes and lands a basement dropkick. Ripley chops Storm. Ripley grabs a wrist clutch and blasts Storm with a few short-arm clotheslines. Storm German suplexes Ripley into the middle turnbuckle. Storm puts Ripley in a tight STF. Ripley slowly crawls to the bottom rope to break the hold. Storm lands a nasty DDT for a near fall. Storm and Ripley pound on each other.

Ripley wears Storm down after a few hammer fists. Clothesline by Ripley. Ripley basement dropkicks Storm. Ripley stomps Storm. Ripley locks Storm in the standing cloverleaf. Storm counters the Riptide into a pinfall attempt. Ripley kicks out. Storm tries the Storm Zero. Ripley escapes. Sidekick by Ripley. Ripley follows that up with a standing dropkick. Ripley runs into a headbutt by Storm. Storm goes up top for a frog splash. Ripley moves out of the way. Ripley lands Riptide for the win.

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