Rhea Ripley is getting love for her tribute to Chyna at Payback 2023.
The Eradicator wore a custom-fitted spike jacket and wrestling attire (inspired by the 9th Wonder of the World) for her appearance at the September 2 premium live event. Chyna’s Twitter account is still run by her estate and representatives. The account showed their love for Ripley’s Chyna-inspired look.
“We here at Team joanie loved your tribute to the 9th wonder of the world. Chyna would of loved it,” @ChynaJoanLaurer wrote on Twitter.
Rhea Ripley would retain her Women’s World Championship against former best friend Raquel Rodriguez at Payback.
During the show, Ripley also helped Finn Balor and Damian Priest defeat Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn for the Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championship in a Steel City Street Fight.
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— Ladies of Wrestling (@LOWreddit_) September 4, 2023
One Of A Kind
Michaels knows Chyna was unique and changed wrestling. He also said he would always be biased toward her. The WWE Hall of Famer then praised Ripley and stated that he knew she was special from the start.
“Chyna was one of the rare and unique people,” Michaels said. “I think she changed the face of women’s wrestling in a big way. I think she was just unlike any others before her. But look, Rhea is absolutely one of my favorites. I knew it from the day I walked into NXT that you could see that she was something special. I wanted to do everything that I could to be a part of her career.”