Rhea Ripley lost the NXT Women’s Championship to Charlotte Flair this past weekend at WrestleMania 36. Following her loss, it was rumored that the Aussie returning to her homeland is the reason she dropped the gold to The Queen at the Show Of Shows. Further reports from PWInsider’s Mike Johnson stated that Ripley would also miss the next set of NXT tapings to be held over the next week.
The former NXT Women’s Champion took to Instagram to clarify that she’s still in the United States and hasn’t flown home just yet. Ripley also broke the matter to FOX Sports Australia to reveal that she will be heading back to her hometown only after the coronavirus pandemic has passed. It is to be noted that her work visa expires in the next couple of weeks.
“I’ve only been back home, I want to say three or four times since moving over here three years ago. I was supposed to have this massive family time over Mania, because my parents and my sister were going to fly down, they were going to come and watch Mania, be here for two weeks and after that my visa actually runs out so I have to go back home.”
“I was going to be there for I don’t know how long. And then my sister was actually going to come back over to America and stay with me for another couple of weeks. So now the coronavirus has thrown a spanner in the works. I’m not too sure the next time I’m going to see them. Once all of this is over I’ll see them soon because I have to go home and do my visa.”
According to Fightful Select, Ripley staying in the United States, for the time being, will allow her to work NXT’s upcoming tapings over the next week. The Nightmare will be looking to score her first victory against Chelsea Green since her big loss at ‘Mania.