WWE Raw superstar Rhea Ripley will defend her SmackDown Women's Championship against fellow Raw wrestler Natalya at Night of Champions this weekend.
Ripley issued the challenge during a backstage interview Monday night, calling out Neidhart after Nattie ran in to save Dana Brooke from a post-match beating a couple weeks ago. The feud itself doesn't carry much juice, but it will mark Rhea's second title defense, her first coming earlier this month at Backlash, where she defeated Zelina Vega.
Natalya came over to Raw during the draft, though she hasn't had a televised match on the brand yet. She and Rhea have had two televised singles matches before, with Ripley winning both summer 2021 contests.
With such a short, lackluster build and the manner in which the match was made, it's highly unlikely we're seeing a title switch at Night of Champions. Rather, this match rounds out the card a bit and gets rising star Ripley on the show.
Despite being a Raw superstar, Ripley still carries the blue brand's top women's title, while Bianca Belair holds the Raw Women's Championship while wrestling on SmackDown. The strange situation has lasted a lot longer than many speculated, with WWE seemingly deciding (for now) to just ignore the brand-specific names of the titles and just carry on.