NXT superstar Rhea Ripley lost her NXT women’s championship last weekend at WrestleMania 36. She was beaten by Charlotte Flair. Following the loss, it was said that Ripley’s work visa had expired. This would have forced the Superstar to return to Australia to renew it. It has been speculated that Ripley’s visa situation could have played a role in WWE’s decision to have Flair resume the championship.
According to Dave Meltzer on the Wrestling observer However, this may not be the case. He revealed he had spoken to a senior WWE source who denied the story.
“I’m double-checking, but someone upstairs just refused me. Again, I’m not saying that Mike is wrong in this business, the left and right hands rarely know what the other is doing. But the person I checked with would know the creative reason given, namely Charlotte to NXT for help with notes. “
He followed, adding how another source at height also rejected the claim. According to this secondary source, Rhea Ripley is still in Orlando.
It has previously been reported that WWE wanted Flair to return to NXT as a champion to help him in his ranking war with AEW Dynamite. As of this writing, it is unclear to what extent WWE intends to use Flair now that it has the brand’s black and gold championship.
If Rhea Ripley is currently in Australia, it is probably not possible for her to return in time for the next set of recordings for WWE programming due to quarantine regulations in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.