Wrestler from Australia. A part of the team Judgment Day, she now works under the ring name Rhea Ripley for WWE’s Raw brand. As the first female Australian champion in WWE history, she was also the first NXT UK Women’s Champion, the first NXT Women’s Champion, the first Raw Women’s Champion, and the first WWE Women’s Tag Team Champion.
Ripley joined WWE in 2017 as part of the Mae Young Classic tournament, after competing under her true name on the independent circuit since 2013. After making it to the semi-finals in 2018, she joined the NXT UK roster and won the first-ever women’s championship in August of that year. In 2019, she became the first NXT Women’s Champion to defend her title at WrestleMania, WWE’s main event. In 2021, she made the switch to the Raw brand and won the Raw Women’s Championship at WrestleMania 37.
Rhea Ripley Career
In 2013, at the tender age of seventeen, Ripley made her professional wrestling debut at Riot City Wrestling. She was a Riot City Wrestling Champion twice during her more than four years there. She departed the organisation on April 22, 2017, to join the WWE. They both took part in the first-ever Mae Young Classic. It was at that time that she first used her ring name, Rhea Ripley.
After defeating Miranda Salinas in the first round, she was eliminated by Dakota Kai in the second. Television audiences were introduced to Ripley on October 25, 2017. In 2018, during the Mae Young Classic, she debuted her heel persona and a brand new outfit. Ripley joined the NXT UK roster. To crown the first NXT UK Women’s champion, a tournament amongst eight competitors was organised.
The first ever NXT UK women’s champion, she beat off competitors like Dakota Kai and Toni Storm to take home the trophy. The title she held for 139 days was taken from her by Toni Storm in January of 2019. After defeating Shayna Baszler in December 2019, Ripley was awarded the NXT Women’s Championship.
After over a year and a half of anticipation, Ripley finally made her main roster debut on the March 22nd episode of Raw, a month after a vignette of her was broadcast to hype her entrance. As soon as Ripley arrived, she demanded a title battle against the reigning Raw women’s champion, Asuka. The original plan called for the match to happen on WrestleMania Night 2.
Ripley won the WWE Raw Women’s championship by defeating Asuka. The title, however, would be taken away from her by Charlotte Flair at the Money in the Bank 2021 event. Her sole run as RAW Women’s champion lasted 98 days. In a SummerSlam triple threat match against Nikki A.S.H. and Charlotte Flair, she lost her championship and their respective titles.
Over the next few weeks, Rhea and the always-upbeat Nikki A.S.H. grew close in their own special way. Defeating Natalya and Tamina for the Women’s Tag Team Championship on RAW on September 20. For 63 days, they were on top, until on RAW on November 22, current champions Queen Zelina and Carmella defeated them.
They blew their chance to regain the belts on the January 16 broadcast of RAW, leading Ripley to want out of her partnership with Nikki. According to her, they won’t be competing as a team but will remain friends. Instead, Nikki took offence and attacked Ripley. Rhea defeated her former tag team partner after a dispute that lasted several weeks.
Rhea has faced tough opponents since then, including Becky and Bianca in a triple threat match for Becky’s RAW Women’s title just last week. At WrestleMania 38, she and Liv Morgan competed in a triple threat tag team match against the champion tag team of Queen Zelina and Carmella and the team of Sasha Banks and Naomi. Titles for the WWE Women’s Tag Team Division were at stake. Unfortunately for Liv Morgan, Ripley has recently shown his true colours and turned on her. It remains to be seen if she will be included on the WWE Backlash WrestleMania match card.
Rhea Ripley Boyfriend
Demetri ‘Action’ Jackson is an independent professional wrestler, and Ripley dated him before. This year marked the beginning of the couple’s four year relationship. It was confirmed by Ripley in October of this year. It’s assumed that they first crossed paths at a local gym. According to latest reports, Ripley is dating AEW star Buddy Matthews. Through a tweet, she verified the same thing.
Regular viewers of Ripley’s Twitch streams will recognise Matthews. Videos of their workouts together have frequently been shared by the two wrestlers on social media. Recent recordings that Ripley has posted of herself engaging in sexual activity with Matthews have only added fuel to the fire.
Rhea Ripley History
Ripley made her debut in the ring in 2014, first competing for Riot City Wrestling (RCW), before joining WWE the following year. It was because of this encounter that she was awarded a developmental deal by WWE. Her character’s arc in NXT saw her adopt the role of a darker, gothic villain and adopt the name Rhea Ripley. Ripley spent a few months in NXT before being relocated to the UK division, where she competed against other rising talents. It was in the UK that she won her first NXT Women’s Championship.
She began a year-long rivalry with Piper Niven that is still fresh in the minds of many UK Wrestling fans. Ripley is one of the best Superstars to emerge from NXT UK, where she suffered only two defeats in her entire career. After being demoted to NXT again, Ripley used her gimmick to quickly become the division’s top star. She was so superior that NXT crowned her their Women’s Champion.
Through this accomplishment, she made history by becoming the first woman to simultaneously hold the NXT UK Women’s Championship and the NXT Women’s Championship. The following year, she engaged in a title defence at WrestleMania 36 and defeated Charlotte Flair, who had returned to the company after a hiatus, on the night before the main event. She continued her feud with “The Queen” in NXT, but she was ultimately unable to win back her championship.
Io Shirai, however, triumphed in a triple threat match for the NXT Women’s Championship, defeating Ripley and Flair with the help of her signature groan. After that, Ripley and Raquel Gonzalez had a quarrel that lasted until the year 2020. After Gonzalez’s defeat on New Year’s Evil 2021, Ripley was free to do anything she wanted. WWE made the switch to the red brand official on the Raw show airing on February 22, 2021.
On the 22nd episode of Raw, Ripley debuted with the main roster and demanded a fight with Asuka for the Raw Women’s Championship at WrestleMania 37. On WrestleMania 37’s second night, the two female competitors merged. She won the Raw Women’s Championship after defeating Asuka at the event. But the night following WrestleMania, Charlotte Flair entered the fray by interfering in the title battle between Asuka and Ripley. At the WrestleMania Backlash pay-per-view, all three women finally squared off, with Ripley defending her title by pinning Asuka.
When I was 14 my idol @EdgeRatedR retired, & I cried.
This time my boys and I are going to be the reason that he NEVER steps foot in OUR ring again, & I’m going to bask in everyone’s sorrows ⚖️#TheJudgmentDay #WWERAW #TimeForRetirement #ByeEdge 👋🏼@ArcherOfInfamy @FinnBalor pic.twitter.com/LSk6agdreM
— RheaRipley_WWE (@RheaRipley_WWE) August 22, 2022
Ripley and “The Queen” first crossed paths at the Hell in Cell pay-per-view. This time, Flair was disqualified and went down in defeat. At the Money in the Bank PPV, however, Ripley officially handed the championship over to Flair. In the SummerSlam PPV, Ripley faced Charlotte Flair and Nikki A.S.H. for another opportunity to win the championship. In spite of this, Ripley and Nikki began their own section and quickly became the tag team duo.
The WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship was theirs to claim eventually. Before being pinned by Carmella and Queen Zelina, the duo sported the championship belts around their waists.