Rhea Ripley Has 'Unfinished Business' With Becky Lynch After NXT Clash
Rhea Ripley has admitted that she was "marking out like a little child" when she stepped in the ring with WWE superstar Becky Lynch.
Lynch, 33, made a sensational return to NXT last November in the build-up to her triple threat match at Survivor Series.
But Ripley would confront the Raw women's champ and the pair clashed in a singles match on the black and yellow brand.
The match wouldn't have a clean finish as Shayna Baszler, who is currently feuding with Lynch, interfered with the help of Marina Shafir and Jessamyn Duke.
Speaking to SPORTbible in an exclusive interview, Ripley admitted that it was "epic" that she had the opportunity to confront and wrestle the 'Man.'
But the 23-year-old NXT women's champ, real name Demi Bennett, wants to finish what she started with Lynch.
"Yeah, I mean like we got to wrestle a little bit on NXT when she came down and I confronted her, which was epic in itself," Ripley said.
"Like, I was on the inside marking out like a little child, but it didn't have a finish to the match, so I would very much like to see what would happen if we got to finish a match.
"But it was so fun being in the ring with Becky and I would love to do it again because like I said before: I would love to have a match with her."
When SPORTbible spoke to Ripley in 2018, she revealed that she wanted to face Lynch in a WWE match.
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Ripley enjoyed a phenomenal 2019 as she shot to the top of the NXT division after stripping Baszler of the NXT Women's Championship.
And the inaugural UK women's champ also served as a captain in both the first-ever women's WarGames match and Survivor Series elimination match.
Despite her incredible WWE ascendency, Ripley suggested that a "lot of people underestimated me" after her first appearance in the Mae Young Classic.
She explained: "Yeah, I think a lot of people underestimated me, especially from the first Mae Young Classic because I was someone that I knew I wasn't. I was just trying to please people, but it wasn't really pleasing the crowd. And it might have pleased people backstage, but at the same time I wasn't comfortable.
"So when it came to the second Mae Young Classic, I went there and did my own thing: I cut my hair, changed my gear, just didn't really care, to be honest. I sort of just came out and surprised everyone. Like, I was sort of the dark horse and yeah, people didn't really know who I was because I am from Adelaide, South Australia. There's not a big name of wrestling down there.
"People don't really look into Australian wrestling too much and I didn't really travel, except from going to Japan for three months when I was like 17. So, yeah, I think I like sort of shocked everyone.
"I still get messages online now saying, 'Rhea doesn't deserve the championship. These people do. They've been in NXT longer. Blah, blah, blah.'
"And I'm like, 'You guys don't understand. I've been wrestling for seven years and I've been in NXT for three years.' I've been here for a long time.
"I just didn't really get many opportunities to show everyone exactly what I've got. But now that it's finally all working out for me, I feel like people are going to notice that I've been working hard for a long, long time [laughs]."
Ripley also told SPORTbible about one of the interesting backstage conversations she shared with UFC legend Ronda Rousey.
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