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Rhea Ripley: WWE Backlash opponent being discussed in WWE

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Rhea Ripley is expected to be defending her SmackDown Women’s Championship at WWE Backlash, but who will her opponent be?

We’ve done some digging on the situation and it is believed that the title picture on the blue brand will become a lot clearer on this week’s episode of the show (Friday, April 14th 2023).

One of our sources specifically mentioned that Zelina Vega was being discussed as a ‘one-off’ opponent for the SmackDown Champion: “Discussion last Friday was leaning towards Zelina Vega at Backlash in a one off, first defense for Ripley but not confirmed as of yet.”

Rhea Ripley WWE Backlash 2023 Opponent

Whether or not those discussions will actually turn into a match for the former NXT Women’s Champion remains to be seen, but a one-off ‘squash’ against Vega could set up her dominance as the blue brand champion.

As noted it is likely that we’ll be getting more information on Ripley’s first challenger this week on SmackDown, and with Judgment Day still feuding with the LWO it would make a ton of sense to go in this route.

We haven’t been able to ascertain where the company will go with Ripley next, but there are some great options on the table for future feuds, including the likes of Raquel Rodriguez, whom Triple H is apparently a massive fan of.

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