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Rhea Ripley On The Miz Being An Inspiration, Being NXT UK Women’s Champion & More

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Rhea Ripley was recently interviewed by SportsBible. During the interview, she discussed being NXT UK Women’s Champion, The Miz being an inspiration to her, Toni Storm and much more. Here are the highlights:

Ripley On Being NXT UK Women’s Champ:

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.

On Toni Storm & Their Upcoming Rematch:

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.

On Using Pop Culture Cosplays In Her Attire:

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!

On The Miz As Her 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.

On Who She Views As 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!

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.

To read the full SportsBible interview with Rhea Ripley, click HERE

Credit: SportsBible

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