Rhea Ripley reacts to not being called up to WWE's main roster sooner

Rhea Ripley

The main roster of WWE is stacked with some incredible talent, with both RAW and SmackDown boasting some of the biggest names in the professional wrestling industry. One thing that also happens to keep the Red and Blue Brand fresh is NXT call ups.

In recent years, the WWE Universe has seen the likes of Damian Priest, Keith Lee, Riddle, SmackDown Women's Champion Bianca Belair and RAW Women's Champion Rhea Ripley called up from the Black and Gold Brand to the main roster.

The latter, who made her RAW debut on the March 22nd episode of the Red Brand, has been rumoured to be making the jump from NXT before this date.

Speaking to Ryan Satin on the Out of Character podcast, Ripley revealed she thought she might've been called up to the main roster after her WrestleMania 36 loss to Charlotte Flair, but didn't hear if this was actually a plan for her.

“No one told me anything,” she said.

“I was just kind of going along for the ride, just doing my job. But I had a feeling that I would be going to RAW, SmackDown on the next call ups. It just didn’t happen.

“I wasn’t mad about it. I just got more time in NXT, which is something that I loved. I loved being a part of NXT, I loved being around the people there and having matches with those girls. It’s definitely a real home feeling when I’m in NXT. And I’m glad I got a few more months there, a year pretty much, before I got called up.”

Rhea Ripley and Bianca Belair

The Nightmare featured in this year's Women's Royal Rumble, finishing as runner up to Belair. It then took until March for her to appear on the Red Brand, challenging Asuka for the RAW Women's Championship at WrestleMania 37 – a match she went on to win and capture her first main roster title.

The Australian's first championship defence will be at WrestleMania Backlash on Sunday, when she looks to retain the belt against Asuka and Charlotte Flair.

Ripley has a very bright future ahead of her in the WWE. She is currently the youngest women's wrestler on either RAW or SmackDown at only 24 years of age.

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