10 Things Fans Don’t Know About Rhea Ripley’s Life Outside WWE

Rhea Ripley has been one of WWE’s top female stars in the company over recent years, putting in some fantastic work on the main roster, NXT, and NXT UK. She is a hard-hitting wrestler who has showcased great quality inside the ring, while also developing an exciting character that has made plenty of changes over time.


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However, fans will want to know a lot more about the Judgment Day star as she continues to enjoy a push by the company. That includes information about her life away from the company, as the WWE Universe is always looking to invest in the personalities of a wrestler as much as anything else.

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10/10 Dating Buddy Matthews

Relationships between professional wrestlers has become commonplace over the years, with talents opting to stick together when it comes to being a couple. There are obvious benefits to that as they know exactly what the other is going through, as well as the politics of the business.

Rhea Ripley is someone who finds herself in a relationship with a wrestler, but not a member of the WWE roster. Instead, she dates someone who works for AEW, as Ripley is currently in a relationship with Buddy Matthews, which is one a lot of fans aren’t aware of.

9/10 Helps Malakai Black

Another talent who has spent time working in AEW that Rhea Ripley is close with is Malakai Black, who just so happened to be in the House Of Black alongside Buddy Matthews. Black has launched his own clothing brand away from wrestling known as Blxckmass Clothing, and Ripley helps him with that.

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Whenever new items are released, Ripley takes pictures in them to model the clothes that fans can purchase. There are a few other wrestlers that get involved with that, showing the type of caring, and helpful personality she has.

8/10 Friendship With Damian Priest

Damian Priest and Rhea Ripley are both members of The Judgment Day faction alongside Finn Balor and Dominik Mysterio, but those two have a lot of chemistry together. Ripley and Priest always push each other inside the ring and with their promo work, which is because they are great friends outside of the ring.

This has been the case since their days in NXT, with the two of them creating a strong connection due to being like-minded people. It’s something that now helps them moving forward because they can bring that chemistry to their work.

7/10 Matching Tattoos

Rhea Ripley has worked with a lot of different wrestlers over the years, but one person that she has competed against a lot is Toni Storm. The two have worked all around the world against each other, putting on great matches that has helped to push the two of them up the ranks in the business.

They have formed a great friendship throughout that time, getting to know each other a lot, so much so that they have matching tattoos. On their wrists, Storm and Ripley have the date from the Evolution PPV in Roman numerals, showcasing the bond that they have together.

6/10 Interesting Inspiration

When Rhea Ripley was growing up she watched a lot of WWE, which is how she got interested in the business and wanted to pursue it as a career. Much like any fan, she had her personal favorites, and for her, that turned into inspiration for wanting to be a wrestler.

Normally people choose the top babyface names, simply because they’re pushed to be the most likable, but that wasn’t the case when it came to Ripley. For her, she grew up as a major fan of The Miz, which is something that would likely catch most people by surprise.

5/10 Dragon Ball Z Fan

Wrestlers are often interested in different aspects of pop culture when it comes to television and movies, with the world of anime being a popular genre amongst a lot of professional wrestlers. That list includes Rhea Ripley, who is particularly a huge fan of the series “Dragon Ball Z.”

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She enjoys the show so much that at WrestleMania 36 she decided to cosplay as Vegeta from the series with her ring gear. It was a subtle nod that only fans of the show would understand, but that is something she genuinely loves.

4/10 Pet Lover

Something else that wrestling fans should know about Rhea Ripley is the fact she is a big animal lover, with the former Raw Women’s Champion having several dogs of her own. This is something that instantly makes her more relatable to the WWE Universe as countless fans also have pets.

It’s the type of character trait that can’t be portrayed on television in professional wrestling, unless she is given a mascot which is a rarity in the business. However, it is a big aspect of her life outside of the ring which showcases a different side of her as a person.

3/10 Close Friendship With Zelina Vega

Friendships in professional wrestling away from the ring are crucial due to how much time the wrestlers spend on the road traveling and working. A lot of fans like to learn about the different leaps that people make, and while some are very famous, that between Zelina Vega and Rhea Ripley is less so.

However, the two of them are very close friends, often spending time together away from the ring during their downtime. They can often be found together on the road, with their friendship no doubt playing a big part in helping them enjoy life in the business.

2/10 Dealt With Difficult Times

Rhea Ripley might be a top WWE Superstar who is enjoying working at the height of the industry she loves, but her life hasn’t always been a walk in the park as it might appear. The Judgment Day star has been very open about the fact she’s dealt with depression and self-harm throughout her life.

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The fact she has been able to overcome difficulties in her life showcases her strength in character, and it is a situation that a lot of people could likely relate to, with Ripley working as an inspirational figure because of that.

1/10 Difficulty Injuries

There was a period recently throughout her time in The Judgment Day where Rhea Ripley was taken off television, and she then didn’t compete for a long time. What fans didn’t realize is that she was dealing with some serious injuries at that point, with teeth and brain problems causing her issues.

This led to her having a temporary heart monitor fitted, which is a situation she had to show patience with to work through to make her return to the ring, which she has fortunately been able to do.

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