Hometown: Adelaide, Australia
New WWE signee Rhea Ripley might be the youngest wrestlers in the Mae Young Classic, but don’t expect her to be star-struck by the field. A product of Australia’s rapidly developing independent scene, the 20-year-old prodigy already has four years of ring experience under her belt, including tours of the notoriously tough Japanese circuit.
A new arrival to the WWE Performance Center, Ripley first established herself as a pillar of Adelaide-based Riot City Wrestling, where she held the women’s championship twice. Before that, she was a standout soccer player in her youth, making her uniquely prepared for a career of throwing hard kicks. However, instead of drilling a ball into the net, she uses her striking prowess to rearrange opponents’ faces with missile dropkicks and a move she calls “Solefood.” The other competitors in this summer’s Classic had better watch out, because Ripley aims to kick off her WWE career with a bang.