Demi Bennett aka Demi Bennett was born on 11th October, 1996 in Australia. She grew up in Adelaide, South Australia. Rhea started training as a pro-wrestler in 2013.
Rhea Ripley is currently dating Buddy Matthews. Matthews is an All Elite Wrestling wrestler who is a part of House of Black stable. Rhea announced they have been dating in May 2022.
Professional Wrestling Career
Independent Promotions (2013-2017)
In 2013, Bennett worked for several promotions in Australia and won championships. She worked for fours years before coming to the states and wrestling for WWE.
Mae Young and NXT UK (2017-2019)
In 2017, they signed Bennett with the company, and she entered the Mae Young Classic. She changed her name to Rhea Ripley but could not win the tournament as she lost in the second round. In 2018, she entered the tournament sporting a new look and persona. Ripley was dominant in the tournament but lost in the semi-finals to Io Shirai.
After Mae Young Classic, they sent her to the NXT UK brand. During the television taping, she became the inaugural NXT UK Women's Champion by defeating Toni Storm. After 140 days, At TakeOver Blackpool, she lost the title to Toni Storm. She spent some time in the UK brand to recapture the title, but was unsuccessful.
In August, she came to NXT and confronted NXT Women's Champion, Shayna Baszler. At Survivor Series, she led the NXT Women's team and won. At TakeOver WarGames, Team Baszler lost to Team Ripley. In December, she defeated Baszler to win the NXT Women's Championship.
At WrestleMania 36, she lost the title to Charlotte. After a few unsuccessful attempts to win the championship, Ripley began her feud with Raquel Gonzalez. At WarGames, she joined Team Shotzi and lost to Team Candice. At New Year's Evil, she lost a Last Woman Standing match to Gonzalez and left NXT.
At Royal Rumble, she entered at number 14 but could not win the match. After two months of absence, she challenged Asuka for the RAW Women's Championship. At WrestleMania 37, she defeated Asuka for the RAW Women's Championship. She lost the title to Charlotte after 98 days of reign at Money in the Bank.
Ripley began a storyline with Nikki A.S.H and they faced Charlotte in a triple threat at SummerSlam, where she lost. Nikki and Ripley began teaming up and won the WWE Women's Tag Team Championship. On RAW, they dropped the titles to Carmella and Queen Zelina Vega.
The Judgement Day
The stable was formed on WrestleMania 38 after Damian Priest helped Edge win his match against AJ Styles. On the rematch of Styles and Edge at WrestleMania Backlash, a masked superstar helped Edge win the match. The superstar was revealed to be Rhea Ripley.
At Hell In A Cell event, The Judgement Day defeated AJ Styles, Finn Balor and Liv Morgan. On the RAW after Hell In A Cell, Edge introduced Balor as the newest member. Later, Rhea Ripley, Balor and Damian attacked Edge and kicked him out of the faction.
On the 6th June edition of RAW, Ripley won a fatal-four way match to became the No. 1 contender for RAW Women's Championship. She was scheduled to face Bianca Belair for the title but was pulled out due to injury. She was replaced by Carmella.
The Judgement Day then started feuding with The Mysterios. The faction wanted Dominik to join the Judgement Day, but he rejected the offer. Rhea and Dominik would cross paths during their feud where Rhea tried to brain-washed Dominik. At SummerSlam, The Mysterios defeated Balor and Priest.
At the Clash At The Castle event, Edge and Rey Mysterio defeated Balor and Priest and after the match, Dominik finally turned heel by attacking Edge. Later Dominik joined the faction, where he was constantly influenced by Rhea Ripley.
Rhea Ripley's Championships and Accomplishments
Number of Times
RCW Women's Championship
WWE Raw Women's Championship
WWE Women's Tag Team Championship
NXT Women's Championship
NXT UK Women's Championship
FAQs on Rhea Ripley
Q. Is Rhea Ripley in a relationship?
Rhea Ripley is in a relationship with Buddy Matthews since 2022.