Even in defeat, Rhea Ripley was proud of her match against Charlotte Flair at WrestleMania 36.
Ripley lost her NXT Women's Championship to Flair at WrestleMania 36, a show that had no crowd due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Despite the unusual circumstances, Ripley was excited to compete at WrestleMania and after the high praise for her match, Ripley told PWInsider that her confidence rose as a result.
“I absolutely loved it. I enjoyed it thoroughly, even though it was super weird with no crowd. And it was the first time that I had competed or just come out in front of no crowd. It was super strange, but at the same time, like WrestleMania is WrestleMania and it was still a huge moment for me in my career; to be able to share that and share the ring was no one other than Charlotte Flair was just incredible. To have so much praise on that match after we did it, it was just insane to think that I’m 23 years old, I’ve been wrestling for eight years and I was just on WrestleMania. Everyone telling me that I just absolutely killed it. Man, it was definitely a confidence boost. And I was so happy that I legit, like I don’t cry, but I cried. I sat down and I teared up. I was just sobbing. It’s just like an overwhelming feeling of just pride and stress just being lifted, but it was amazing," Ripley said.
But Ripley isn't quite done dealing with Flair. Ripley recently made her NXT return, targeting Flair and hoping for a rematch for the NXT Women's Championship. Ripley will take on Io Shirai tonight on NXT and Fightful will have live coverage of the show.
You can check out the full interview at this link.