Rhea Ripley and Damian Priest appear at WWE Royal Rumble
Rhea Ripley and Damian Priest both appeared at the Royal Rumble tonight as part of what looks to be main roster call-ups.
Ripley was an entrant in the women’s Royal Rumble match, coming in at number 14 and making it to the final two before being eliminated by women’s Rumble winner Bianca Belair. Priest also entered the men’s Royal Rumble match at number 14. He was eliminated by United States Champion Bobby Lashley.
Ripley eliminated seven wrestlers in the women’s Rumble, while Priest eliminated four wrestlers in the men’s Rumble.
One of Ripley’s eliminations was her throwing Alexa Bliss out of the ring as Bliss was about to turn into a Fiend-like version of herself. Ripley also eliminated Toni Storm, Santana Garrett, Dana Brooke, Dakota Kai, Mandy Rose, and Charlotte Flair. Ripley and Belair worked together to eliminate Charlotte.
Priest eliminated Elias, The Miz, John Morrison, and Kane.
Dave Meltzer reported earlier this month that Ripley and Priest were both expected to be called up to the main roster imminently. Ripley lost a Last Woman Standing match to Raquel Gonzalez at NXT New Year’s Evil in January. Priest lost to Karrion Kross at New Year’s Evil.
Ahead of the Royal Rumble, Meltzer wrote about Priest in Sunday’s Daily Update: “Damian Priest could debut since he’s been ready to start on Raw or SmackDown for a few weeks. Last we heard was a Raw debut the day after the Rumble, but that stuff changes as he was first scheduled a few weeks back.”