Rhea Ripley Reveals Vince McMahon’s Reaction To Her WWE WrestleMania 37 Match
“It was so surreal. It’s a dream, and I’m living it.”
WrestleMania 37 saw Rhea Ripley finally make a name for herself on WWE’s main roster. A year from her disappointing loss against Charlotte Flair at WrestleMania 36, Ripley bounced back by defeating Asuka for the Raw Women’s Championship at the grandaddy of ‘em all.
Talking to TV Insider, Ripley detailed the moments leading up to the big match, including an emotional moment with Edge. Ripley said:
"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.”
But one of the biggest thrills for Ripley was the seal of approval post-match from Vince McMahon:
"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." Ripley recalled.
Now at the top of Raw’s Women’s Division, Charlotte Flair has come knocking once again, but advice from Paul Heyman will hopefully make sure we don't see a repeat of WrestleMania 36:
“It was Paul Heyman who said to me, “You can stay humble, but don’t stay silent.” That really hit me because I’m a very humble person. I do my job and do what I’m told. Sometimes that isn’t the best way to do things. I will take that advice with me as I keep working."