Rhea Ripley and Charlotte Flair are on-screen rivals, but behind the scenes, there is plenty of mutual respect between the two women.
Dating back to their clash ahead of Survivor Series 2019 in a triple threat match, Ripley has always been looked at as part of the next generation behind the Four Horsewomen.
Ripley sees things the same way according to Charlotte Flair.
"Our story has actually been going on for two years but because of COVID, people really forgot that we had that build when I won Royal Rumble and we faced each other at the PC, but without an audience," Charlotte recalled to Renee Paquette on Oral Sessions. "When Rhea and I faced each other at Money in the Bank, it was the first time we were able to dance in front of an audience. Seeing Rhea put in these high-pressure situations like WrestleMania with me when she was in NXT and WrestleMania with Asuka when I was out with COVID, that was last minute and she had no idea. Both times, she rose to the occasion. That speaks volumes of how far she's going to go because that's what it's all about. You either sink or swim, and that's what she did. I thought this was cute...I hope she's not mad that I'm sharing this. She was like, 'It's kind of like I'm Triple H and you're Ric Flair. We're kind of like Evolution.' Okay, but we're not tag team partners. I'm kicking your butt. I don't play well with others. No tag teams [laughs]. I'm really proud of Rhea."
Charlotte also praised Nikki ASH for the work she's done with her new character on television.
Charlotte is set to face both Nikki and Rhea in a triple threat match for the Raw Women's Championship at WWE SummerSlam.
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