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WWE’s Rhea Ripley is having the time of her life at the moment as part of the Super Brutality duo alongside Nikki A.S.H. Rhea and Nikki are currently ruling the Tag Division as WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions, and they will continue that rule on Monday Night Raw thanks to night one of the WWE Draft. While Rhea and Nikki couldn’t be more different in their in-ring personas, they compliment each other quite well, and ComicBook.com had the chance to talk to Ripley all about how their Tag Team started, what led to the Super Brutality title, how she feels about being on Raw, and even the reveal of who Nikki would be in the Dragon Ball Z universe.
To kick things off we had to talk about the Super Brutality title and ask where it came from. The title quickly resonated with fans, though it caught Ripley by surprise a bit.
“To be honest, I have no idea. I have absolutely no clue whatsoever. She said it on TV, and I was like, what? Okay, sure. Because I hadn’t heard of it before that Monday Night Raw happened,” Ripley said. “I had never heard it before unless some fan posted it on Twitter and someone read it and was like, oooh, that sounds good. Let’s use that tonight. I don’t know.”
In fact, it kind of mirrored the origin of their tag team and how that came about, which wasn’t planned but just kind of became a thing over time.
“The tag-team between Nikki and I, it sort of grew. We kept getting booked in things week in week, and I guess it sort of happened because no one told me it was a thing until it was a thing,” Ripley said. “Yeah. I’m not complaining. I’m having the time of my life.”
They bring the best out of each other, both in and outside of the ring, and Ripley hasn’t smiled this much in quite some time.
“She definitely brings the brighter side out of me a little bit. She’s got me cracking smiles on TV and I don’t know what the hell’s going on. I’m not someone that really likes to smile when I’m down to business, but she always seems to bring the fun and the positivity, and I think that’s what she’s all about. And that’s one thing that I really do love about her. She tries to bring the positivity out of me, and it’s something that I have definitely locked down deep, deep inside of me, but it’s slowly creeping out and I do appreciate her for that because it’s making me enjoy life and everything.” As for Nikki, Ripley hopes she’s given her some additional edge, pushing her to bring out that inner brutality. “And with Nikki, I’m just trying to bring the brutality out of her, trying to bring out a little bit of darkness. I’m hoping that she gets a little bit more grungy in the ring, I want to say. I want her to stand up for herself, and I think she can. Seeing how she handled herself with Charlotte over those few months where she had the title and we were having those matches, I know it’s there and I want her to bring it out and I want her to go mental one day and beat someone up,” Ripley said.
While Ripley didn’t plan on being a part of another Tag Team, she’s enjoyed it quite a bit so far. “I’m really enjoying it, I really am. I’ve always been someone that’s loved tag wrestling. I haven’t changed too much mentally or physically about myself, I’m just going with the flow,” Ripley said.
“And it’s honestly so wild, especially knowing that this tag team formed in such a weird way and sort of just happened, in my eyes. One day we were a tag team. I think it’s wild that we’re holding the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships,” Ripley said. “That’s something that I didn’t think I would be able to hold onto this early in my career. Especially with someone like Nikki, it was a bit of a shock to me.”
During Night 1 of the WWE Draft, it was revealed that Rhea and Nikki will be staying on Monday Night Raw, and when Ripley initially moved from NXT she debuted on the Raw brand. There was a point where a SmackDown debut was talked about, but Raw quickly won out.
“At the very, very start I heard both. I think I traveled to one or two SmackDowns because it was in Tampa so I just had to drive there, so I think I went to one or two of them. But then pretty early on, I heard that it was Raw so I just kept going to Raw until eventually I got booked and stopped eating cookies and catering,” Ripley said.
As for which brand she was hoping to be on this time around, the Red Brand was at the top of her wishlist, but she does look forward to joining the Blue Brand at some point down the line.
“I think I look better in Red, to be completely honest. I love SmackDown and one day I do want to go to SmackDown because I want to be a Grand Slam Champion, but right now I think my placement is on Raw,” Ripley said. “And also, with this draft, there are so many girls on SmackDown that I haven’t worked yet, but I know that it’s all going to be jumbled anyway, so if I go to SmackDown they might not be there anyway. And also, I feel like on Raw we get more time to showcase our abilities, which is something that I’m always there for, where on SmackDown I feel like there’s limited time because it’s only two hours where Raw is three.”
Plus, as Women’s Tag Team Champions, she gets to bounce between both, so it’s a win-win. “Yeah, exactly. I’m going to be going to both anyways, so at the moment I don’t really mind which one I’m on,” Ripley said.
Now, the last time we talked to Ripley she mentioned she wanted to create some Android 18 Dragon Ball Z gear to follow up her stunning gear from WrestleMania, so we had to see how that was coming along.
“I honestly, I haven’t been thinking about it too much, but it’s just so hard to picture how everything is going to look because it is such a random piece of clothing that she wears. I’m like, I don’t know how to put that into my gear and make it look cool without having random stripes everywhere and denim. I don’t know how to work it so I gave up on it a little bit, but you did remind me just then I have to start thinking about that again because I want to do it one day, I really want to,” Ripley said.
The good news is that the WWE Universe has shown n multiple occasions how they can spot even the smallest reference to a franchise or character in superstar gear, so fingers crossed this one finally happens.
Speaking of Dragon Ball, Ripley has said that Android 18 is the character she’s most like in the franchise. So the question is, who represents Nikki?
Ripley said “Oh, who’s the person that… That’s difficult. Who would it be?”
Also, no pressure, since the fanart is going to fly in when the choice is made.
“I know, I know. Oh my gosh. I want to say that she’s a lot like Gohan, especially when he was in his Superman stages,” Ripley said. “Yeah, there you go, guys. Start making it. Put me as Zeno really angry in the back while she’s being…what was it? Saiyaman, Saiyaman, that’s what it was.”
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We kick things off with Natalya and Nikki. Natalya whips her to the corner but Nikki leaps over her and hits a dropkick to the knee. Natalya gets the better of Nikki and tags Tamina, who throws her across the ring by the hair. Tamina beats Nikki down and tags Natalya but Ripley gets the tag and throws hands with Nattie. Rhea hits some short-arm clotheslines and a headbutt.
Natalya his an atomic drop using the ropes but Ripley fires back with a back drop. Tamina tags herself in but Rhea kicks her off the ropes. With both hrrls on the floor, Nikki dives off the top rope with a splash to both. Ripley goes outside and celebrates with Nikki, all fired-up. Ripley drags Tamina into the ring and hits the Riptide, then tags Nikki for a splash and the win!
WINNERS: RHEA RIPLEY & NIKKI A.S.H
Newly crowned Women’s Tag Team Champions Nikki A.S.H. and Rhea Ripley make their way out for a Nikki singles match.
The match begins with a lock up. Nikki hits a drop kick to the knees and covers for two. Natalya slams Nikki to the corner and gets hit with an elbow from Nikki. Tamina causes a distraction but Ripley pulls Tamina away. Nikki gets a roll up in the ring for the three count.
After the match the team of Shotzi & Nox come out to confront the tag champions.
Winner: Nikki A.S.H.
Nikki A.S.H and Rhea Ripley make their entrance. They talk about Connor’s Cure and the V Foundation. Ripley can barely speak for tearing-up. She dedicates their match tonight to children, pediatric cancer patients, and everyone who’s supported the cause.
Tamina grabs Nikki right away and tosses her across the ring. Tamina knocks Rhea off the apron, then tags Natalya so they can hit a Hart Attack for a near-fall. Ripley comes back but Tamina throws her over the top rope. Tamina and Natalya isolate Nikki and make quick tags to stomp Nikki down in the corner. Tamina hits a Samoan drop and goes to the top rope for a splash but Nikki gets her knees up.
Nikki crawls to her corner but Ripley is dead. Natalya tags in and hits Nikki with a rope-assisted atomic drop, then runs over her back and dropkicks her. Tamina tries to attack Ripley again but this time Rhea hits her with a senton off the apron. Ripley hits Tamina with a Riptide onto the apron. Nikki snatches a distracted Natalya with a small package and they win!
WINNERS AND NEW WOMEN’S TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: RHEA RIPLEY & NIKKI A.S.H
Rhea Ripley and Nikki A.S.H are backsatge and asked about their lack of things in common. Rhea says she believes they have the will to be Champions in common. Nikki says they’re getting closer and Rhea says they might have some gold in common really soon. Nikki shouts that it’s time to unleash “super brutality”.
Nikki starts against Tamina, who isn’t taking her seriously. Tamina toys with Nikki and overpowers her handily. Nikki forearms Tamina but eats a headbutt. Tamina attempts to sit on Nikki but nobody’s home. Nikki hits a seated senton to Tamina and tags Rhea. Ripley throws Nikki at Tamina, who caches her, then the two big women trade blows.
Natalya tags in and again Ripley lifts Nikki up and tries to use her as a weapon. Nikki gets the tag and kicks Natalya back but gets distracted by Tamina. Natalya htis a snapmare and a dropkick to the back. Tamina pulls Ripley off the apron and connects with a big superkick and Rhea crashes into the steel steps. The Champion’s are in charge as we head to the break.
Back live and Tamina misses a tackle in the corner. Natalya tags in and so does Ripley, who hits short-arm clotheslines. Rhea with a snapmare and a hanging dropkick to Natalya after knocking Tamina off the apron. Rhea hits a gut kick, then a northern lights suplex for a near-fall. Nikki tags in and hits a crossbody but Tamina breaks the pin, then Rhea dorpkicks her out of the ring. Natalya hits Ripley with a German suplex. Natalya grabs Nikki and wants the Sharpshooter but Ripley returns for the Riptide and the win!
WINNERS: NIKKI A.S.H & RHEA RIPLEY
Rhea Ripley and she makes her way to the ring for a match after the break.
Before the match starts Nia gets on the apron and says she will splatter both Ripley and Nikki before the night is over, and then she’ll do it to Charlotte Flair. The referee rings the bell and Rhea attacks a distracted Shayna but gets taken down herself. Baszler goes to work on Nia’s wrist and tries to stomp it but Ripley grabs it, only for Shayna to dropkick her.
Ripley looks for a roll-up but Baszler goes back to work on the arm. Baszler knees Ripley in the face for a one-count. Shayna jumps on Rhea’s back and pummels her with rights and lefts. Ripley rolls Baszler up for two but the Queen of Spades fires back with a clothesline. Baszler drags Rhea under the bottom rope, traps her arm in the apron, and stomps on it!
We return to find Baszler wrenching the arm of Ripley. Shayna kicks the shoulder a few times and mocks Nikki. Baszler kicks her more and Rhea starts asking for more, then catches the kick. Ripley lands some short-arm clotheslines followed by a headbutt, snapmare and a dropkick. Rhea hits a northern lights suplex for a two-count.
Ripley tries to shake the feeling into her arm but Baszler snatches her in an armbar. Rhea reaches the ropes but Shayna doesn’t let go and punches her a few times and let’s go at the last second. Nikki tries to encourage Ripley, who grabs Shayna for a Riptide but gets distracted when Nia attacks Nikki at ringside. Baszler rolls-up Rhea for a two and Ripley reverses the pin and wins!
As soon as the match ends, Nia rushes in and clotheslines Rhea hard from behind. Nia lifts Ripley and lands a Samoan drop and poses, while Baszler leaves the ring looking annoyed.
WINNER: RHEA RIPLEY
All three women traded offense early. Flair went for a top rope moonsault but Ripley got her foot up to counter and then nearly hit Nikki with Riptide. Things broke down into a stretch with Ripley and Flair battling one-on-one with Nikki knocked out of the ring. After Flair took Ripley out with a big boot, Nikki hit a big DDT for a near fall. As Ripley and Flair began to battle it out on the floor, Nikki came off the top rope with a crossbody on both women.
Big moves continued to flow from all three women before Flair hit a twisting moonsault from the top rope to the outside onto both of her opponents. Flair locked Ripley in the Figure-Eight back inside the ring but Nikki broke the hold by flying off the top rope. Nikki scored a near fall on Flair but found herself locked in the Figure-Eight seconds later, forced to tap out as Flair once again became champion. This was some very good high-octane wrestling with no real downtime from bell to bell. Flair winning may not excite fans who have already tired of seeing her as champion but it was likely the best possible result here.
Just as the bell rings, Charlotte Flair comes out to watch the match on commentary. They lock-up and Ripley slams Nikki down. Rhea continues to use her strength and throw Nikki around but A.S.H hits a sliced bread bulldog and Ripley rolls out. Nikki goes to the apron and kicks Rhea back, then dives on her with a crossbody before staring at Flair.
Ripley drops Nikki with a clothesline. Rhea hits a stalling vertical suplex for a two-count. Ripley lifts Nikki into a bear hug. Nikki fights free and hits a wheelbarrow roll-up for two. Nikki goes to the middle rope and lands a tornado DDT for a two-count. Ripley hits a northern lights suplex for a two-count, then hits the Riptide out of nowhere for the win.
After the match Charlotte starts mocking Nikki, but A.S.H dives onto her from ringside and tosses her into the ring. Nikki and Ripley beat on Charlotte and dump her out of the ring.
WINNER: RHEA RIPLEY
Ripley and Nikki A.S.H are back in the ring, along with Charltote Flair, whose mystery partner is Nia Jax.
We start with Nia and Nikki and Jax makes fun of the Champion before shoving her face. Nikki forearms Jax a few times but gets shoved onto her back. Nikki get dropped in the corner and eats some stink face. Jax throws Nikki out of the ring and Charlotte drops her with a big boot.
Ripley tags in against Charlotte and hits some short-arm lariats. Ripley lands a headbutt, snapmare, knocks Jax off the apron, and dropkicks Flair. Ripley hits a spin kick to the face, then a northern lights suplex for a two-count. Flair elbows Rhea and the Nightmare goes up top for a missiledropkick but nobody’s home.
We see Shayna Baszler watching on a monitor backstage and Nia tags back in. Jax slams Ripley, then goes to the middle rope for a Vader Bomb but Charlotte tags herslef in. Flair knocks Nikki off the apron and hits Ripley with Natural Selection for the win.
WINNERS: CHARLOTTE FLAIR & NIA JAX
Rhea Ripley is backstage and stopped for an interview. She’s asked about facing Nikki and she says she has to give it to her, she handled herself well against Charlotte. Being almost a superhero is great but it’s not enough to beat her.
They lock-up and Ripley uses her strength to take control. Rhea shoulders Nikki in the corner and holds her there. Nikki shoves Ripley but eats a knee for her trouble. Rhea whips her hard into the buckles and Nikki’s ribs are still hurting from last week. Ripley throws her from the ring and goes out to slam her into the apron.
Ripley slams Nikki down and beats her injured ribs with knees and forearms. Nikki comes back with a snap DDT and both women are down. Nikki punches Ripley a few times and hits a tilt-a-whirl. Rhea gets rolled-up for a two-count, then she kicks Nikki in the ribs. Rhea wants the Riptide but Nikki counters with a crossbody for a near-fall. Ripley takes Nikki to the top rope but gets knocked off. Suddenly Charlotte appears and shoves Nikki off the ropes.
Charlotte comes into the ring and boots Ripley, then Nikki. Charlotte hits Ripley with Natural Selection, then lifts the title and holds it up.