In her recent interview with The Wrestling Perspectives Podcast former WWE Superstar Ruby Riott discussed a number of topics.
During the conversation, Riott spoke about her time as a member of The Riott Squad, and explained how she found out about the group. Riott told the hosts:
“I had no idea about the Riott Squad. I didn’t find out I was debuting on SmackDown until the day before while I was in Houston. Sonya Deville and myself were doing a TakeOver dark match and they told us we needed to stay. We were told we were doing dark matches for Raw and SmackDown and they were flying in Liv [Morgan], Mandy [Rose], and Sarah [Logan]. We were like, ‘Why would they fly people in when we just had all of NXT for TakeOver?’ We were trying to figure out what was going on and we were told that Sonya and Mandy would be debuting with Paige while myself, Liv, and Sarah would be the Riott Squad. It was incredible because myself and Sarah go way back, we’ve known each other for almost ten years. Liv fit right in. We were worried she wouldn’t feel welcome, but that girl is likable as hell and she fit right in.”
Ruby continued to talk about the trio, and revealed the original plans for the group. Riott explained:
“From what I understand, we weren’t supposed to last more than six weeks. It was supposed to be like an entry and then we’d go our separate ways. We didn’t change anything about our characters to adhere to each other, we just stayed ourselves. What ended up happening was those three very different characters ended working well together and in contrast, so they kept us together. It’s one of the most amazing parts of my career, working with those girls. Since it wasn’t supposed to go anywhere, we were able to morph it into what we thought it should be. I was also told that [Vince McMahon] had seen Suicide Squad and he wanted a Joker, a Harley Quinn, and a beast. Then, the Riott Squad was born. I don’t know how much truth there was to that, it was a rumor, but I wouldn’t doubt it. A lot of my career was right place right time.”
Riott received her release from WWE on June 2, 2021.