Rhea Ripley faced Asuka for the WWE Raw Women’s Title at WrestleMania 37 and they showcased an excellent performance. By looking at Ripley’s NXT works, it was pretty clear that WWE has big plans for the Australian.
From the very first day of her career, she has been very impressive. She first made her mark on the Mae Young Classic in 2017. She was not taken very seriously by WWE back then. Slowly but surely, she gained everything she deserved.
Rhea Ripley Shares Her Amazing Experience After Winning The Raw Women’s Title
Last year, Charlotte Flair challenged her for the NXT Women’s title at WrestleMania after Charlotte won the Royal Rumble match. This was the only time a Royal Rumble match winner cashed in her/his opportunity on an NXT title. This makes it clear how much WWE is planning for the current Raw Women’s Champion.
Rhea Ripley recently spoke with the TV Insider where she talked about her WrestleMania victory over Asuka, and how everyone congratulated her after victory including Vince McMahon;
Her experience on working with Asuka:
Asuka is someone I’ve watched for a long time. When I was 17, I went to Japan and was actually on one of the same shows as Asuka. I thought she was absolutely amazing. At WrestleMania, it was finally my time to step in the ring with her. I think it showed I deserve to be here as a performer and a person.
On an encounter she had with Edge prior to her match:
It was crazy walking through the curtain and seeing the crowd and how excited they were. All my dreams were coming true. It was something I worked toward for a long time. I was trying to hold it all together, telling myself, “Don’t cry.” Then I looked over to Edge near me, and he had tears in his eyes. He nodded at me and winked. I just lost it. I could not hold it together. Then I saw this fan in the front saying, “Hey Rhea! You got this. You’re going to kill it” — giving me this pep talk. Next thing I know, I’m being shown on the big screen.
How Vince McMahon congratulated her afterward:
One of the big ones was talking to Vince McMahon afterward, hearing him say “well done” and that I did great. It was so surreal. It’s a dream, and I’m living it. To have the big bossman say well done was pretty insane to me.
Her current mindset for being on Raw:
I’m just excited about who wants to step up to the plate. I’m ready to fight anyone. I love a good challenge. Even if someone from SmackDown wants to come on down, I’d wrestle them too. I’m going to bring the brutality to Monday Night Raw.
From last week’s angle that was shown on Raw, it seems like Rhea will now feud with both Asuka and Charlotte Flair. Maybe a triple threat match on WrestleMania Backlash PPV event would get booked soon.