Rhea Ripley lost the NXT Women’s Title to Charlotte Flair at last year’s WrestleMania 36.
This match was supposed to take place from Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, but the event had to be moved to the Performance Center due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ripley spoke with Renee Paquette on Oral Sessions and during it, she shared what was planned for her entrance last year.
“Last year, I don’t want to say it was, like, disappointing ’cause it wasn’t. It was still WrestleMania. But it was definitely a different sort of feeling than I thought it would be,” Ripley stated. “Where this year, it actually feels, like, super real.
“And I have Ash [Costello] singing me out, and I’m so excited for that. I feel like I am having all my WrestleMania moments all in one, and it’s super exciting. I get to step into the ring Asuka, someone I wanted to wrestle for years.”
“So, I think it was meant to happen last year. I didn’t hear anything about it,” Ripley remembered. “She messaged me saying, ‘Like, I’m sorry, this was supposed to be the moment.’ She had been contacted by WWE, but it got canceled before I heard about it. So, they just messaged her this year as well, and she said she was down…I’ve met Ash before, and she is so lovely. I’m so glad I get to share this WrestleMania moment with her!”
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