Rhea Ripley Opens Up About Being The Inaugural NXT UK Women’s Champion

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Rhea Ripley is the first ever NXT UK Women’s Champion, she earned that honor by defeating Toni Storm in the finals of the inaugural tournament Rhea opened up to SportBIBLE about how important it is for her to be the inaugural Champion as well as a multitude of topics. Below are some highlights:

Rhea Ripley On Being The First NXT UK Women’s Champion:

I just want to set a challenge pretty much. Like, I want to show everyone how much this title means to me because it means the world to be the first-ever NXT UK Women’s Champion. Like, I’m so honoured and humbled to be able to hold this prestigious title and I’m not letting go of it that easy. Ha-ha!

I mean, I will take it wherever I go. I will defend that title wherever I need to defend it, wherever I need to put my name out, wherever I need to put WWE’s name out. As long as I’m booked there and I’ve got it, I will always defend it. I’ve got a lot of fight in me. Yes, I will definitely be a defending champion. Anywhere, anyplace, anytime — I don’t care. As long as I’m booked.

Rhea Ripley On Toni Storm And Their Rematch At NXT UK TakeOver: Blackpool

I’ve known Toni for a long, long time. We were both in Australia together and I’ve known her since I was 16 pretty much. To be able to share such a special moment with her was just amazing to see how far we’ve both come in the amount of time and to both end up in the same place. Going for the same prestigious title like that is insane. Just how life works out, you know.

[The fans] can pretty much expect a hard-hitting match. We’re gonna go all out because this is a big, big stage and it’s for the NXT UK Women’s Championship, so we’re not holding back. Gloves are off. We’re gonna go all out, I reckon.

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Rhea Ripley On Integrating Pop Culture Cosplays Into Her Wrestling Attire For Big Events In The Future:

Ha-ha! It’s funny you say that because I’ve been thinking about that for a while. It might not be at NXT UK TakeOver: Blackpool, but it’s definitely coming down the line somewhere. I’ll definitely have like an Android 18 or Vegeta cosplay or something. I have to. I just have to. Ha-ha!

Rhea Ripley On The Miz Being An Inspiration:

I don’t think I’ve really taken anything from him. Maybe just his snarkiness, but I think that’s the main thing that I really liked about him. How he was just so cocky all the time and he pretty much just goes out there and says what he wants, so I guess I’ve been trying to do the same. I do it more on Twitter than in person, because why not? I just like his attitude and thought he was cool.

Rhea Ripley On Her Toughest Potential Challenger:

Apart from Toni? Pretty much the whole NXT UK women’s roster. They’re all very deserving and very tough competitors, and to step into the ring with all of them I don’t take it lightly because it can be one little slip up and it’s gone, so pretty much everyone is a danger to me at the moment. Ha-ha!

Rhea Ripley On WWE Evolution:

It’s insane. Like, I’m so proud of everyone and how far we’ve fought to get [where we’re at now]. It’s so awesome to finally get that recognition as females in this industry and it’s only up from here. Like, we’re gonna keep pushing for more. WrestleMania main event — that’s what we’re pushing for.

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