Who Suggested Rhea Ripley vs Charlotte Flair Wrestlemania Match

Charlotte Flair appeared at NXT TakeOver: Portland and certainly made her presence felt. She took out Rhea Ripley and announced that she accepted Ripley’s Wrestlemania challenge. So Charlotte Flair will be taking on Rhea Ripley at Wrestlemania 36 for the NXT Title.

During the post-TakeOver conference call, Triple H was asked who first pitched the match for Wrestlemania. He revealed that it was not a decision by the USA Network. In fact, he credited Vince McMahon for coming up with the idea.

“Actually, USA had no involvement in it, really at all. I believe that this was, to be honest, it was shocking to me when it was first mentioned to me. I believe that this was really just a decision from Vince’s part on understanding where the other stories are going for the women.”

As you build forward on these things, you have opportunities where you look in a moment of time, and you go, does Charlotte go after [SmackDown Women’s Champion] Bayley and Sasha Banks on that side? Does she move into that realm? Does she come after [RAW Women’s Champion] Becky Lynch? All the things that you have sort of seen before, and you’re looking to get fresh, and build and new. And I think you see that with Shayna Baszler going after Becky Lynch, and you see that in different ways on SmackDown with where they’re going so this was a way of Charlotte Flair needing to be in that big epic role. I think it really had nothing more to do with that.”

“I think people put too much stock into building up other things. It’s easy to put your tinfoil hat on and start to talk about stuff, and I’m sure just even saying that, everybody will be like, ‘Oh my God, there’s no way they didn’t…’ Whatever, you believe what you want. It really comes down to that, this is good storytelling and that’s what the goal is here, it’s just really good storytelling across the board.”

This match could certainly turn out to be an interesting one. If Flair wins the NXT Title, she will be returning to the gold and black brand. Her return to NXT would make for some interesting match-ups.

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h/t to Wrestling Inc for the transcription.