NXT UK Coverage: Rhea Ripley Wins NXT UK Women’s Title

It’s time to crown the first ever NXT UK Women’s Champion. This week Toni Storm and Rhea Ripley clash to prove who is the best female wrestler on the UK roster. Ironically, neither of them is from the United Kingdom. Storm has tons of momentum coming off her impressive Mae Young Classic victory, but Ripley is a monster. Not to mention with the recent announcement of the first NXT UK: TakeOver event, winning the title has even more importance, as it all but guarantees a spot on the card. Things are about to get very exciting across the pond.
Matches: 
Joe Coffey vs. Tyler Bate: 
The Coffey Brothers and Wolfgang left Trent Seven laying a few weeks ago, so the lad from Dudley has a score to settle. Early in the match Wolfgang and Mark Coffey came out to distract the “b i g s t r o n g b o i” allowing Coffey to take control. Seven had enough of the shenanigans and came out to rally the crowd behind Bate. The inaugural UK fired up, but Mark Coffey and Wolfgang attacked Bate and Seven to end the match. Pete Dunne made the save, finally bringing British Strong Style to WWE.
Dan Maloney vs. Ligero: 
Ligero fought hard against Jordan Devlin but lost in the end. He looks to return to his winning ways against Maloney. The bigger man tried to overpower the Luchador from Leeds, but Ligero picked up the win with the Springboard DDT.
Amir Jordan and Kenny Williams vs. Zack Gibson and James Drake: 
“If you hate Gibson, shoes off!” must be the most ridiculous chant in all of wrestling. Jordan and Williams managed to get some solid offense in, but the mean streak of the heels was too much. Gibson pinned Williams with Ticket to Ride.
NXT UK Women’s Championship Match: Rhea Ripley vs. Toni Storm: 
Here we go! These two competitors are massively talented, and both women would make an excellent inaugural champ. But there can only be one. Right off the bat, these two women laid into each other. Storm went for Storm Zero on the apron early, but Ripley countered into a Back-Body Drop, nearly winning via count-out. Storm has already taken a hell of a beating, but she’s not dead yet. She fought back with a hat-trick of German Suplexes and a vicious Headbutt. The Gold Coast native tried to hit Storm Zero once again, but her back injury was too painful. Ripley capitalized with the Rip-Tide to win, becoming the first ever NXT UK Women’s Champion.
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Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Matt Hirsch discovered his love for video games when his father brought home a Nintendo GameCube, along with Luigi’s Mansion when he was five years old. Since then, his passion for games, as well as professional wrestling, music, anime and movies has inspired him to pursue a career in media and journalism. He graduated from Midwood High School in 2014 and spent three of those years as captain of the varsity Bowling team. These days you’ll be able to find him in comp queue in Overwatch, or Squadding up with some friends in Fortnite.

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