The former WWE RAW Women’s Champion Rhea Ripley was announced to team up with Liv Morgan and challenge the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions Sasha Banks and Naomi during last night’s edition of Monday Night RAW. However, it was Liv Morgan who ended up facing Naomi in a losing effort.
Rhea Ripley Was ‘In Protocol’
It was noted on commentary that Ripley was off tonight’s RAW due to being “in protocol”. WWE then announced the title match for next week’s RAW. ‘The Nightmare’ was also not on last Friday’s SmackDown as Morgan defeated Banks in singles action. Ripley did wrestle last Monday on the post-WrestleMania 38 RAW as she and Liv took a loss to Banks and Naomi in a non-title Championship Contender’s match. They were still granted a title shot after Ripley went to Adam Pearce. Ripley has not commented on her absence.
Ripley recently sat down with Scott Fishman of TV Insider to discuss a wide variety of subjects. When asked how her tag team with Liv Morgan happened in the first place, Ripely admitted it was something that just got thrown together:
“It was sort of thrown together like my tag team with Nikki ASH,” Rhea Ripley revealed. “But I’m very thankful it was because I get along with Liv. Not that I didn’t with Nikki—until she backstabbed me [on TV]. I really don’t let a lot of people in. Liv’s different. I’ve known Liv for five years now. She is such a bubbly personality. She is an Energizer Bunny and is always making me smile. I’m having fun during this time.”
Rhea Ripley’s tag team with Liv Morgan goes far beyond the squared circle as the two friends have bonded over things not related to professional wrestling.
“We normally have a good laugh. She is really funny,” Rhea Ripley revealed. “We just do dumb stuff together. From taking a photo and seeing how she looks like a little demon to laughing for 30 minutes—I’m not lying, in tears, on the ground, laughing from just one photo. We just talk about anything. Then she is also a horror movie buff, and so am I. We bond over that. She loves candles and makes candles. I love that. I don’t know as much about crystals and candles, but I do like them. We are similar in a lot of different ways.”