This week’s WWE RAW promises to deliver a dose of drama as Dominik Mysterio steps into the ring to challenge Dragon Lee for the NXT North American Championship. However, the real plot twist might unfold outside the ring, potentially impacting Dominik’s relationship with Rhea Ripley.
Ripley, the reigning Women’s World Champion, has been conspicuously absent from WWE programming since a brutal attack by Nia Jax nearly two weeks ago. The absence raised eyebrows, and last week on RAW, tensions escalated as Dominik blamed Rhea Ripley for her disappearance following a loss to Cody Rhodes.
The status of Ripley’s availability for this week’s RAW remains shrouded in uncertainty. If she fails to reappear and Dominik loses his championship, it could cast a shadow on their on-screen partnership. Interestingly, it seems that other members of The Judgment Day faction have a more cordial rapport with Ripley compared to Dominik.
While Rhea Ripley’s absence is undoubtedly a scripted storyline, the question lingers whether she will return before Fastlane 2023, just two weeks away. With a scheduled title defense against Nia Jax on the horizon, her presence on RAW this week would certainly add narrative coherence.
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Dominik Mysterio had been primed to defend his NXT North American Championship against Mustafa Ali at No Mercy, but Ali’s recent WWE release has altered the landscape. Dominik’s potential loss to Dragon Lee could set the stage for an intriguing storyline, including a rematch at NXT No Mercy and a quest to reclaim the championship.
As Dominik Mysterio embarks on his championship journey in the coming weeks, the dynamic between him and his on-screen partner, Rhea Ripley, remains in limbo. If Ripley remains absent and Dominik loses his title, it could ignite sparks of conflict in this intriguing WWE storyline.
— RheaRipley_WWE (@RheaRipley_WWE) September 23, 2023
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