Following WrestleMania 36, reports surfaced that Rhea Ripley needed to return to Australia to renew her work visa. This led many to believe that’s why she dropped the NXT Women’s Championship to Charlotte Flair.
The next day, Ripley seemed to debunk the report when she confirmed that she was still in United States. Yesterday, “The Nightmare” participated in an interview with Mike Johnson, who originally reported that her work visa expired.
It turns out that Ripley’s family and friends planned to travel to see her compete at WrestleMania. Then, she would return home to renew her visa.
“It’s very sad,” she said. “I’m a huge family person. I love having my mom, my dad, and my sister around. I love having all my friends around from Australia and I really, really do miss them, and it’s sad. Especially knowing that for WrestleMania, they were supposed to be in the crowd watching me. And then I had to go home and do my visa, which is now… I have to do it from here somehow.
“And then my sister was coming back to do a camp that I don’t remember what it was called, but a camp. I was supposed to spend a lot of time with them and knowing that I won’t get to see them for a lot longer now it’s sad because I haven’t seen them since I want to say Christmas, and it’s too long for me. I miss my family. FaceTime can only do so much. I want to give him a hug. I want to spend time with them. So I was talking to my mom and she was saying that possibly Australia might not open up its border for like two years. And I’m like, that’s so long for me.”
Ripley recently returned to NXT to reenter her feud with Charlotte Flair for what looks like an upcoming match at NXT TakeOver: In Your House. Hopefully, she can sort out the situation with her work visa soon.
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