How was the transition from NXT to the WWE main roster for Rhea Ripley?
Who better to ask than the WWE Superstar herself?
The women’s wrestling star recently appeared as a guest on the Table Talk podcast for an in-depth interview, during which she spoke about making the transition from WWE’s black-and-gold brand to the main roster.
Featured below is an excerpt from the discussion where she touches on this topic at length with her thoughts.
“The main thing is it was a lot less stressful. That’s a huge thing. It definitely felt like one giant family, which is something I really loved. Like I said, it just wasn’t as stressful and the crowd was smaller and we were in smaller buildings and had people in the audience. It was a very close-knit group. We all knew the fans and people that would come regularly to the shows, so we knew who to go to in the crowd and all that. But when you go to RAW, SmackDown, and even the pay-per-views, there are so many people there that you get kind of overwhelmed trying to connect to the fans. It sort of stresses you out in a way. Also, a lot of people that watch RAW and SmackDown don’t watch NXT, so going to RAW, there were people who didn’t know who I was. So I had to sort of rebuild myself, and at the same time, show and prove to everyone that I’m a force to be reckoned with and was there to stay and take over. Then going straight into the title picture with Asuka and straight into WrestleMania – that being my first match as a RAW superstar – there was a lot of stress and super busy all the time. The media picked up – I was barely doing media, then I had media every single day. In NXT, I just had Wednesdays where we would do TV, and that was it.”
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