Rhea Ripley recently sat down with Samoa Joe for his Grit & Glory show, where The Nightmare talked about her successes in WWE.
But one of the biggest frustrations for Ripley was last year’s WrestleMania, where she took on Charlotte Flair. Though many derided the decision to give Flair the win, it was in fact the lack of a crowd to see her Mania bow that upset Ripley:
“Man, I had a lot of frustration. Like, I’m not gonna lie, I was pretty upset. It wasn’t the fact that there was going to be zero people in attendance, but it was the fact that my family couldn’t be there to be part of this moment with me. That really sucked. It made me really sad and depressed, but at the same time, it’s WrestleMania.
“Even though I say that I don’t have any goals in wrestling, WrestleMania was always something I wanted to be a part of. Even though there was no one to celebrate or cheer or boo, and I didn’t have my family there, I knew that they were watching at home and supporting me no matter what. I had to keep imagining that in my mind, and that helped me sort of get through it.”
At just 24 years old, the sky is the limit for Ripley, with an imminent move from NXT to WWE Raw on the horizon, never mind the successful title wins she has already achieved in the company.