EXCLUSIVE: Aussie WWE superstar Rhea Ripley on Triple H's high praise, becoming face of ...

She's a proud Aussie who goes by the name of Rhea Ripley.

If that name doesn't ring a bell to you then now more than ever is the time to take notice because WWE legend Triple H has a warning for all wrestling fans.

When asked earlier this month which NXT superstar would one day headline WWE's biggest stage of all, WrestleMania, the wrestling icon didn't think twice when he said Ripley would be the one to take over the spotlight.

Ripley, 24, made her debut on the NXT brand, which is considered the development league of the organisation, back in 2017. In her brief WWE stint so far, she's held the NXT Women's Championship and was also the inaugural winner of the NXT UK Women's title.

Rhea Ripley (Instagram)

In what's been a fairly short career with the WWE, the South Australian native said the feedback she has copped so far has been "insane" as she reacted to the comments made by Triple H.

"Listening to that is wild to me," Ripley told Wide World Sports.

"Growing up, Triple H is the reason I started watching WWE and the reason I started wrestling.

"Now he's my boss and saying that I might be the one to main event WrestleMania in the next five years – to me that's amazing.

"To think how far I've come from wrestling in little Adelaide, South Australia, to now having Triple H say nice words about me and putting me over everyone is wild."

Rhea Ripley in action (WWE)

Throughout the course of WWE/WWF history, the likes of Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Hulk Hogan, Triple H, The Undertaker, John Cena, Roman Reigns and countless others have all at times been the company's face.

But in today's generation, women in professional wrestling have raised the standard which became quite clear when four-time women's champion Becky Lynch came out victorious in a main event triple threat match at WrestleMania last year. That same match included former UFC star and icon Ronda Rousey.

And as Ripley continues to add to her own resume, she didn't think twice when asked if being elevated to that status was something that motivated her.

"Of course [I want to be the face]," she said.

"It gives me a lot of confidence within myself because I know he (Triple H) sees a lot in me and I'm glad he does and I'm happy he does.

"Sometimes you need a confidence boost in anything you do and it's nice to get that from someone like Triple H.

"I normally like to prove people wrong and that gets me going and that's what makes me push myself to the next level but every now and then it's nice to get some positivity and I can use that to become the best Rhea Ripley.

"Even though I should be setting goals, the best way to do it is to go with it.

"I want to make it to SmackDown and I want to make it WrestleMania again. I want to do all the pay-per-views and wrestle everyone.

"I want to see how far I can get in my career and just keep pushing myself to the limit every time and do my best pretty much.

"If I were to say a goal – it would be to go on Raw and Smackdown and have a whole new locker room of females I can get in the ring with. I want to experience being in the ring with everyone, seeing their styles and making history."

Rhea Ripley (WWE)

Unlike in previous years, women are now featuring in some of the more brutal encounters on offer in the WWE.

Leave it to Ripley to tell you just how brutal it's become after the Aussie not only came out victorious but endured a brutal steel cage match which had everything from steel chairs to jumping off the top ropes and slamming her opponent, Mercedes Martinez, through a table.

"It was absolutely insane," Ripley said.

"I was having a blast and even though it was painful, and I paid for it the next day, I absolutely loved it

"If I could have more matches like that – I wouldn't say no, I'd say yes in a heartbeat.

"Lucky, we have the best medical team in the world. I had to recover afterwards, I had to look after myself.

"I had to go easy in the gym which is something that is really hard for me as I love to push myself."

Rhea Ripley in action (WWE)

It's matches and moments like that which Ripley believes is changing the narrative with women now proving that they can be "better" than the men as more opportunities arise.

"The women's division has come a long way," she added.

"I'm not saying that in a bad way, it was fantastic before but we didn't get the opportunities that we really did deserve.

"I feel like today it's a different sort of year and time, and women are finally getting the opportunity that they worked so very hard for.

"We're proving to everyone we're just as good as the men and some of us are better. I'm putting that out there, some us go in harder so it's cool to be part of this women's revolution and just showing everyone that women can do it too."

Catch Rhea Ripley in action on WWE NXT each week, streaming on WWE Network.

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