Rhea Ripley was on top of the world heading into 2020. After knocking off Shayna Baszler, the then NXT Women’s Champion was heading into WrestleMania with Charlotte Flair as her opponent. With a win over The Queen, The Nightmare would prove herself as the next big thing in WWE.
At least, that was what fans were hoping for. Instead, Charlotte Flair forced Rhea Ripley to submit at WrestleMania. It was a move that was not well received, and Ripley’s character never fully recovered from that moment. On Chasing Glory with Lilian Garcia, Ripley said she lost her confidence after the match.
“I felt like I went through a stage where I was losing confidence in myself because I wasn’t portrayed the same way. Even now, I’m still slowly building myself back up from it. My confidence was tainted a little, which sucks because I try to keep it up and do my best all the time. I don’t know if it was something in my head that wasn’t getting the picture, I just got a little lost after that. Now, I feel like I’m getting back on track. Building myself back up has been hard, it’s been difficult, but I’ve found my track now and I’m getting back on it.”
Rhea Ripley put on an incredible performance against Io Shirai weeks ago, though she failed to regain the NXT Women’s Championship. She’ll join Team Shotzi at NXT TakeOver: WarGames on December 6th.