Not so fast, my friends. Rhea Ripley is still in America.
On Tuesday, PWInsider reported that Ripley's work visa had expired and that she had returned to Australia on Monday to start the process of getting a new visa. Ripley took to Instagram to dispel the report, saying she is still in America following her WrestleMania 36 match against Charlotte Flair.
Rhea Ripley has taken to Instagram to confirm that she’s still in America, and hasn’t returned to Australia as yesterday’s report from https://t.co/ytShgXVB6w had suggested. pic.twitter.com/w7fxlKD4nA— Gary Cassidy (@consciousgary) April 8, 2020
*reports*: "Rhea Ripley lost to Charlotte because her visa expired and is back in Australia"— Bubba (@_big_bad_bubba_) April 8, 2020
Rhea Ripley: pic.twitter.com/VnsyuM2uUq
It was not confirmed that Ripley lost the NXT Women's Title due to the visa issue, which now doesn't appear to be an issue.
It is unknown if Ripley will be part of the upcoming television tapings. Fightful Select reported that WWE is planning on taping mass content this week, beginning on Friday with SmackDown. The company had already taped Monday's episode of WWE Raw and Wednesday's episode of NXT. The tentative plan is for the company to tape three episodes of SmackDown, three episodes of Raw, and multiple episodes of NXT through next week