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Rhea Ripley On Her Initial Reaction to Teaming With Nikki A.S.H., NXT 2.0 Revamp

October 3, 2021 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
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Rhea Ripley is loving her tag team with Nikki A.S.H., but she says she was uncertain about it at first. Ripley spoke with TV Insider for a new interview discussing her team with A.S.H., the NXT revamp and more. You can check out some highlights below:

On her initial reaction to being paired with Nikki: “At first I was a little bit standoffish. But she is growing on me. She is such a good person, warm-hearted and positive. Sometimes you just need someone like that behind you, especially when you’re someone like me who just goes out there and brutalizes people. Sometimes I need to calm down a little bit, so I’m glad to have Nikki by my side.”

On enjoying the tag run: “To be honest, I’m having the time of my life right now in this tag team. It’s a lot of fun. I do miss singles competition and do love it, but there are always times for a change. Right now, I think the fact we won the women’s tag team championship is truly incredible. And to do it with someone like Nikki and was in NXT when I first started. I really looked up to her. To hold these titles with her is truly extraordinary.”

On the NXT 2.0 revamp: “I actually really enjoyed it. I was a little bit skeptical, but I like the metal setting and all that. I was worried about the color. I walked into the building before the show went on and had a good look around. It was so epic to see in person. Seeing it on TV is really cool, but seeing it in person was a step more. Seeing the talent who have come out of the Performance Center the last six months. People I don’t even know. They’ve all been working so hard. Watching the show I thoroughly enjoyed it. Just seeing the people improve who I did know at NXT. Seeing the new faces. It’s a nice change. It was something that was somewhat needed as well. I do miss the black and gold and grungy vibe. But I think this is a good move with NXT.”