NXT UK star Rhea Ripley recently interviewed with Revolver where the 22-year old Aussie talked all things pro-wrestling and heavy metal music. At one point, Ripley praises former eight-time Intercontinental champion The Miz, calling the A-Lister a key role model.
I love The Miz! I absolutely love him. He's so snarky and that's who I want to be. I want to have cool comebacks and get people to listen to me and be invested in me. Even CM Punk — when he spoke, everyone listened.
Ripley would later address her physique, which she states has been a key point of criticism from fans due to her masculine appearance, stating that she wants to inspire other female athletes to feel comfortable in their own skin.
My whole life I've had people telling me that I look like a man, I'm not feminine, I'm too masculine, all that stuff Well, you know what? I could not give a shit. Just like I was inspired by [former WWE champion] Beth Phoenix, who also looks very masculine, I want to inspire other potential female athletes to go as hard as they want and feel comfortable in their own skin — that's why I go out there day after day and do my thing.
Check out the full interview here.