Rhea Ripley has discussed how she felt when she was sent back to NXT after wrestling at WrestleMania 36 last year.
At WrestleMania last year, Rhea Ripley defended her NXT Women’s Championship against Charlotte Flair. Flair defeated Ripley for the gold, before Ripley returned to NXT.
The current Raw Women’s Champion admitted that she expected to be officially called up to the main roster after her WrestleMania 36 match. Speaking on Out of Character with Ryan Satin, Ripley explained that being sent back to NXT wasn’t a bad thing.
Noting that she loved being a part of NXT, Ripley stated that she was glad that she spent more time on the Gold Brand, in hindsight.
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“No one told me anything, I was just going along for the ride and doing my job. I had a feeling I would be going to Raw or SmackDown on the next call up, but it didn’t happen. I wasn’t mad about it, I just got more time in NXT, which is something that I loved.
“I love being part of NXT and being around the people there and having matches with those girls. It’s definitely a real home feeling in NXT. I’m glad I got a few more months there, a year pretty much before I got called up.”
Ripley competed in the 2021 Women’s Royal Rumble match, making it to the final 2, with Bianca Belair. Ripley would challenge for Asuka’s Raw Women’s Championship at WrestleMania 37, winning the gold in Raymond James Stadium.
At WrestleMania Backlash next Sunday, Ripley defends her title against Asuka and Charlotte Flair in a three-way match. Sonya Deville added Flair to the match, ending Flair’s WWE suspension.
Ripley admitted that her confidence had taken a knock after facing Flair in 2020. She went on to explain her current confidence issues, and how she plans to better herself.
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