Rhea Ripley praises Dominik Mysterio.
Dominik, the son of WWE Hall of Famer Rey Mysterio, started frequently appearing on WWE programming in 2019 before he became a featured member of the roster in 2020. He formed a tag team with his father, and they eventually won the SmackDown Tag Team Championship. Dominik turned heel on Rey at WWE Clash at the Castle 2022, and in doing so, he joined forces with the Judgment Day (Rhea Ripley, Finn Balor, and Damian Priest).
The dynamic between Dominik and Ripley has led to plenty of compelling programming, as he calls her his "mami", and the duo has tormented Rey on numerous occasions. Dominik's run as Prison Dom, and his overall progression since joining the Judgment Day, has often been praised, and he often gets the loudest boos of the night.
In an interview with Justin Barrasso of Sports Illustrated, Ripley commented on Dominik's growth.
“Seeing Dom’s growth in the past few months has been incredible. He’s paving his own path. That’s really inspiring to me. I don’t think people give him the credit he deserves," Ripley said.
Ripley, the reigning SmackDown Women's Champion, also shared her thoughts on her own evolution and noted that she has come a long way. She described how she learned to stop caring, and that approach helped give her the confidence to be herself.
“I’m a very genuine person. When I first started in WWE, I was very timid and scared that I was going to do something wrong. I wanted to please everyone. That’s why you saw the Rhea Ripley you did. I didn’t think people would gravitate toward me. I thought they wanted something else from me. But it’s amazing. I stopped caring. I know myself better than anyone else. I found the confidence within myself to be myself. That’s the Rhea Ripley you see today," Ripley said.
Ripley and Dominik were referenced at AEW Double or Nothing, and the champion seemingly responded in a tweet. Click here to see what she had to say.
Dominik Mysterio previously reflected on his time in prison. Check out his comments here.
Click here to see what Dominik had to say about the beginning of his WWE career and his journey to this point.