Bianca Belair vs Rhea Ripley is a waiting feud that can define a generation

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As WWE looks toward WrestleMania 38, there’s a lot on that card for fans to see. One such match is Bianca Belair’s second attempt to win a singles title at the big annual card as she takes on champion Becky Lynch. Many see this as an opportunity to correct how SummerSlam was handled, but it’s also an opportunity to take a step towards a major women’s feud of the future. Bianca Belair and Rhea Ripley have the makings to be a vital pairing not only for the women’s division but the entire WWE.

WWE continually hints at these two women being tied to the hip for future storylines. Take Ripley eyeballing Belair during their backstage segment on Monday Night Raw. Or the women being the last two in the Royal Rumble in 2021. Or even their animosity back in NXT. It’s clear that WWE sees money in this duo, but the expanse to which they can become a main event level draw is becoming even more palpable.

Belair and Ripley represent a spectrum of characters quite different from how the WWE usually presents women’s wrestling. Everything from their looks to their move sets makes them stand out to wrestling fans throughout the industry. In their own ways, they have a different type of crossover appeal that could be utilized to hit different audiences that so few on the roster can reach.

Individually, they are perhaps the only two women that are currently booked in a fashion similar to the Four Horsewomen who continue to dominate women’s wrestling in WWE. Asuka, Nia Jax, and Alexa Bliss were in a similar position, but Jax is no longer with the WWE, Bliss couldn’t get on television on Raw in her hometown of Columbus, Ohio, and Asuka is missing in action. Rightfully, there’s a lot of concern around the booking of the women’s roster as a whole, and even though Belair and Ripley have had their own share of it, they continue to rise above it and do so rather quickly.

There are so many different ways that Ripley and Belair can be used in the future. If WWE rebuilt its tag division, they could have a devastating run as tag champions. But of course, their singles feud is where the anticipation lies. There’s so much potential within these two women, that if properly booked they could headline a WWE PPV. It would be an unheard-of feat to see two women close out a show and neither of them is a part of the Four Horsewomen.

There’s a lot to complain about when it comes to WWE booking. A lot of that is around the numerous possibilities on the roster that WWE refuses to recognize. The company can’t make that mistake with Bianca Belair and Rhea Ripley as these two women can be the anchor to lead women’s wrestling for the company.