In storyline, Rhea Ripley has not been the same since losing to Charlotte Flair at WrestleMania. Prior to the match, she was the hottest star in NXT and appeared to be a candidate to be WWE’s next breakout star.
However, things haven’t gone her way since losing to Flair. Ripley has dropped down the card in NXT and any momentum she may have had is long gone. Now, Ripley has revealed that she lost her confidence after the match.
“I’m not too sure. It did feel like (the wind was taken out). I felt like I went through a stage where I was losing confidence in myself because I wasn’t portrayed the same way. Even now, I’m still slowly building myself back up from it. My confidence was tainted a little, which sucks because I try to keep it up and do my best all the time. I don’t know if it was something in my head that wasn’t getting the picture, I just got a little bit lost after that. Now, I feel like I’m getting back on track. Building myself back up has been hard, it’s been difficult, but I’ve found my track now and I’m getting back on it.”
Rhea Ripley also commented on how she has been getting her confidence back.
“I’ll watch matches from NXT UK, from the Shayna build-up, and I gotta remember who I am because I forgot who I was for a little bit and I hate forgetting who I am because it makes me feel like the first Mae Young Classic when I lost myself. I like being me and portraying myself in a certain way. So I’ve gone back and watched the old stuff and being like, ‘This is how I used to act, this is what I need to do now.’ It’s been helping me.”
Ripley recently had a very good match with Io Shirai for the NXT Women’s Championship on NXT TV. She was unable to get the win but it now appears that she will be participating in the women’s WarGames match this weekend.