• RAW Star Was Almost Released From WWE Before She Changed Her Look
During a recent interview on My Love Letter To Wrestling with Mark Andrews, former RAW Women’s Champion Rhea Ripley revealed that she was almost released from WWE during her time in NXT.
Ripley had the following to say about facing difficulties, being down, then changing her look and succeeding:
“A lot of things really. It was sort of the whole year between the Mae Young Classic I and II. I went through a lot mentally behind the scenes. I was having troubles at home. I was having troubles at work. I hated myself.
I was very mentally weak at that time. I just didn’t feel like I was good enough. I was constantly being told that I wasn’t good enough and I had to do something to improve it.
I was on the chopping block a couple times and nearly got booted. I just had a lot going on and I was very down. I want to say, at that 6 month period, I was like, ‘You know what? Stop this. I don’t care what anybody thinks about me. All they’re going to do is judge me anyway.’
I had to change my mental game completely. I started going to a gym which is the first gym I’ve ever signed up for. I was terrified. I don’t like being around people, so I was absolutely terrified.
We have this thing called car wash where you take photos and videos leading up to the Mae Young Classic so we can get all the footage we need. I rocked up in this new gear. I got my haircut of course.
Everyone of the coaches were like, ‘What’s this?’ I said, ‘The new Rhea Ripley.’ They were like ‘Okay.’ I knew that okay was like, ‘This is your a$$. If it doesn’t work…’ I didn’t care.
This was my one shot. This was my one opportunity that I have to take and I have to do it my way. If it works, it works, and I can shove it in their faces. If it doesn’t, then I’ll leave myself.”
Below are a couple of photos of Rhea’s old look:
WATCH: Rhea Ripley’s Revealing Photoshoot:
• ON THIS DAY IN WWF HISTORY (February 27, 1999) – WWF Shotgun Saturday Night
On this day in 1999, the World Wrestling Federation aired the last ever episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWF Shotgun Saturday Night ‘.
It was pre-taped at the UTC Arena in Chattanooga, Tennessee and featured mid-card matches & highlight videos on the road to the ‘WWF WrestleMania XV’ PPV.
Here’s the match-card:
– Triple H vs. Buddy Landel
– The Hardy Boyz vs. Roger Hill & Frank Parker
– Tiger Ali Singh vs. Mark Kyle