Former WWE star Cassie Lee, best known as Peyton Royce, has revealed that Rhea Ripley convinced her not to request her release from WWE.
Speaking with Chris Van Vliet, Lee explained that she had a tough time following the passing of Brodie Lee in December, and wasn’t happy at work to the point she had considered requesting her release.
Fellow Aussie Rhea Ripley convinced her not to do that, as Lee explained:
“I really struggled when Brodie (Lee) passed. I struggled with the big picture and putting things into perspective. I was really unhappy at work, really unhappy. A few times I thought to myself, ‘I can’t do this anymore and I am going to ask for my release’. A few times I was in the locker room, some sort of creative would change and it would just, I would be just so upset.
“Rhea Ripley of all people had to talk me off the ledge, because I was about to walk into talent relations and say ‘I’m out. I don’t want to do this anymore’. I was so unhappy. So the release was a blessing in disguise. I was so close to asking for my release but I never actually pulled the trigger.”
Lee was released by WWE this past April, something she put down to a meeting with Vince McMahon that didn’t go as planned.
She explained that breaking out as a singles wrestler is something she wanted to do – almost blaming herself for how the IIconics’ split went – but she never received a push afterwards and instead ended up in a team with Lacey Evans until WWE had bigger plans for Evans.
Rhea Ripley is currently a member of the Raw roster and will be challenging for the Raw Women’s Title at SummerSlam on August 21 in a three-way against Charlotte Flair and champion Nikki ASH.
Quote via Wrestling Inc