Demi Bennett is an Australian professional wrestler who was born on October 11, 1996. She is signed to WWE, where she wrestles under the ring name Rhea Ripley on the Raw brand and is a member of The Judgment Day.
She was also the first female Australian champion in WWE history and the inaugural NXT UK Women’s Champion. She also held the titles of NXT Women’s Champion, Raw Women’s Champion, WWE Women’s Tag Team Champion, and NXT Women’s Champion.
Ripley joined WWE as part of the inaugural Mae Young Classic in 2017 after competing under her real name on the independent circuit since 2013. She was a member of the initial roster of NXT UK and won the inaugural women’s title in August 2018 after reaching the semi-finals of the 2018 tournament.
She moved to Raw and quickly went on to win the Raw Women’s Championship at WrestleMania 37 after a run on the NXT brand from 2019 to 2021, during which she won the NXT Women’s Championship and became the brand’s first member to defend their title at WWE’s flagship event, WrestleMania.
|Birth name||Demi Bennett|
|Born||11 October 1996|
Professional wrestling career
|Ring name(s)||Demi Bennett|
|Billed height||1.71 m (5 ft 7 in)|
|Billed from||Adelaide, Australia|
|Debut||29 June 2013|
Bennett says that watching The Miz as a kid inspired him. Bennett is also trained in or practices swimming, karate, rugby, netball, and soccer in addition to wrestling. She really loves the Adelaide Football Club.
Professional wrestling career
Mae Young Classic (2017–2018) Bennett signed a contract with WWE in 2017, and it was announced that she would compete in the inaugural Mae Young Classic as Rhea Ripley. In the first round, she defeated Miranda Salinas, but in the second round, she lost to Dakota Kai.
Ripley made her debut on NXT television on the 25 October 2017 episode of NXT, where she competed in a battle royal to see who would win the vacant NXT Women’s Championship at TakeOver: WarGames on November 18, which Nikki Cross won. Ripley competed in the 2018 Mae Young Classic in a new appearance, demonstrating a new aggressive and disrespectful attitude and establishing herself as a heel in the process.
she crushed MJ Jenkins, Kacy Catanzaro, and Tegan Nox in her initial three matches however lost to Io Shirai in the semi-finals
The Judgment Day (2022–present)
Ripley lost AJ Styles’ match against Edge on May 8 at WrestleMania Backlash and was made a member of The Judgment Day. In a six-person mixed tag team match at Hell in a Cell on June 5, The Judgment Day (Edge, Damian Priest, and Ripley) defeated Styles, Finn Bálor, and Liv Morgan.
The following night on Raw, Edge introduced Bálor as the newest member of The Judgment Day; Edge was kicked out of the stable when Bálor, Priest, and Ripley suddenly attacked. Ripley became the leading contender for Bianca Belair’s Raw Women’s Championship later that evening after winning a fatal four-way match.
She was supposed to face Belair on July 2 at Money in the Bank, but she was kicked out because she didn’t have the medical clearance to compete; Carmella was appointed in her place.
Ripley returned from injury on the 25th episode of Raw, assisting Bálor and Priest in an attack on the Mysterios (Rey and Dominik) in a backstage segment. Ripley accompanied Bálor and Priest to the ring on July 30 for their SummerSlam match against The Mysterios, which they lost due to Edge’s interference.
Bálor and Priest lost to Edge and Rey in a tag team match at Clash at the Castle on September 3 despite Ripley’s interference. Dominik attacked Edge and Rey after the match, turning heel and joining The Judgment Day.
Dominik, Priest, and Ripley assisted Bálor in defeating Edge in an “I Quit” match on October 8 at Extreme Rules. Ripley used a chair-to attack Edge’s wife, Beth Phoenix, after the match. At Crown Gem, Bálor, Minister, and Dominik crushed The O.C. (Styles, Luke Hangman’s tree, and Karl Anderson) in a six-man label group match after obstruction from Ripley.
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