Rhea Ripley Wants Ash Costello And New Years Day To Perform Her WWE Entrance Live
Rhea Ripley has revealed that she would love for rock band New Years Day and frontwoman Ash Costello to perform her entrance at a major WWE pay-per-view.
WWE has previously brought in several world-renowned musicians to perform entrances for superstars at different events.
Alice Cooper guitarist Nita Strauss played out Shinsuke Nakamura at WrestleMania 34, while rock star Lzzy Hale performed Ember Moon's entrance at NXT TakeOver: New Orleans.
When SPORTbible asked Ripley if she wanted the likes of Hale or Strauss to be involved in her entrance, she welcomed the idea of Cooper's guitarist playing a part in it.
But the 23-year-old NXT women's champ would want Costello, who does the vocals for her theme 'Brutality,' to play her down the ramp with her band.
"Man, I mean like Strauss is definitely... I want her to come out with the guitar at least -- she's so bada*s -- but the female that plays my song, Ash Costello, she is so, so cool and such a lovely human," she said.
"I got to meet her last year, which was really cool, and I would love for her to actually come out with me and sing the song -- maybe with New Years Day, like her band.
"Aw, that would just be amazing because they're all such cool people. I got to go backstage and hang out with them for a little bit at one of their gigs down in Florida, so I would absolutely love them to all come out and play me down the ramp."
Ripley featured alongside Costello in a WWE interview last April after New Years Day dropped their album Unbreakable.
And Costello, 34, admitted that fans wanted her to put 'Brutality' into the setlist for their headline tour last year.
"I'm thinking about it," the New Years Day star said about putting the song in the setlist.
"They love it. It's gotten such a good reaction, way better than I hoped it could have gotten, which is really cool."
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Ripley, real name Demi Bennett, enjoyed an incredible 2019 in WWE as she captured the NXT Women's Championship from Shayna Baszler.
But the NXT star also featured in the first-ever women's WarGames match and captained her team to victory.
During NXT TakeOver: WarGames last November, Ripley infused her trademark black outfit with green and red colours.
And the inaugural NXT UK women's champ confirmed that the colour choices were inspired by her love for the Nightmare on Elm Street series and horror icon Freddy Krueger.
When SPORTbible asked if she had any pop-culture-themed entrances in the works, she responded: "I mean, like I've done the Freddy Krueger in the TakeOver year and my gear that I wore against Shayna.
"That was like my Freddy Krueger-inspired gear: I had like the greens, the reds and all that stuff. I love Freddy Krueger.
"Like, I have him tattooed on my wrist [points to her tattoo]. He's cool and I love him and, like, I call myself the 'Nightmare' and he's like the one that haunts people in their sleep, so I love Freddy Krueger [and] so that was for him.
"I am thinking about... I don't know when I'm gonna do it, but I wanna do a Vegeta-styled entrance gear. I just have no idea what I'm gonna do for it 'cause, like, I'm not really a colourful person.
"I like my blacks and I don't like colours very much, but like his armour is like white, yellow and blue. And I'm like, 'Ugh, when can I pull off white, yellow and blue?'
"I'm just trying to figure out like the perfect time [laughs], whether it's against someone else that wears lots of black -- I don't know -- but it'll happen sometime. I love Dragon Ball Z, man. It got me through high school."
Ripley also welcomed the idea of having Robert Englund, who played the legendary 'Springwood Slasher,' be a guest manager or play some other cameo role.
"That would be cool," she said.
"That would be really, really cool, actually! That would be epic. I would love that. I don't know if it could work, but I'd love it [laughs]."
Ripley also told SPORTbible that she wants to have a match with NXT UK women's champ Kay Lee Ray "so bad."
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