Rhea Ripley Discusses Necessity Of "Sharing The Spotlight" In NXT

Acknowledges that her spotlight has faded a bit...

Since losing the NXT Women's title to Charlotte Flair at WrestleMania 36, Rhea Ripley (the woman who ended Shayna Baszler's lengthy reign) has been considerably less than the focal point of NXT's women's division. But she understands.

Speaking with Newsweek, Ripley acknowledges her present standing in NXT, but seems unfazed about where she currently stands.

"I feel like [the spotlight] diminished a little bit, but we all have to share the spotlight," said Ripley. "I had my time to shine and it will come again, but right now Io is the NXT Women's Champion and I'm working my way back up to be in that spotlight again. Whether that comes or not, we'll see. 

"I've got to try other things and face other people as well. I had my time and everyone is going to have their time and I'm just happy to be here and wrestling and kicking butt."

As far as being in NXT goes, Ripley is proud of her association with the brand, and hopes to be a part of it for some time to come.

"I don't think I can ever outgrow NXT. There is always something coming up and I honestly want to be in NXT for a long long time," Ripley said. "Whether that's the case or not, I don't know, I don't have that call. I feel like I have so much more to do here. Whether that's singles matches or whatever, I love NXT and I love being a part of it. And I hope I'm here for longer. I guess we'll see."

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