On the episode of Monday Night Raw, the first post Royal Rumble 2023, Rhea Ripley announced to the WWE Universe in the middle of the ring that she has decided to challenge SmackDown champion Charlotte Flair in the main event of WrestleMania 39, a choice made possible by her victory in the Women's Royal Brawl, where she also set several records.
Being a tall and muscular woman, she is often compared to Chyna and she talked about this to the microphones of BT Sport when Ariel Helwani, after the Royal Rumble victory, asked her what she thinks of this comparison and she replied that she feels honored and that she too may win the Intercontinental title one day.
Rhea said: "I think it's super cool. I want people to keep saying that. I know Kofi Kingston has said he wants to see me go for the IC title, and I'm very open to doing that. I love being compared to Chyna. I know I attract a lot of hate, which at the same time, it's weird, but I understand where it's coming from: You can't be the next Chyna!
Yes, I know I can't be the next Chyna. She was absolutely amazing, she was herself, and she was unique to her , but I'm the first Rhea Ripley. If I can compare to her in any way, I'm doing something right, but I'm also going to do it in my own special way.
Yes, I like the vision of it all." Just like Chyna 24 years ago, Rhea Ripley also confessed that she wouldn't mind entering the men's Royal Rumble: "I would definitely like to enter the men's Royal Rumble. I would love to; there would be a lot of fun.
It would be something that would make history, especially having someone like Beth Phoenix, who I admired as a child. I loved her; I related to her body. So just to try to step into her shoes, into Beth Phoenix's and help the evolution of the female world; I think that I would love to enter the men's Royal Rumble; I would have a lot of fun." Besides the aforementioned Chyna and Beth Phoenix, the other two women who entered a Men's Rumble were Nia Jax and Awesome Kong.