Once more, the wrestling world finds itself buzzing with the news of Rhea Ripley and Buddy Matthews’ engagement. With jubilance at the forefront, Ripley shared the heartwarming announcement through an Instagram post adorned with the caption “1000x YES! Pure F**king happiness!” The accompanying image captured an intimate moment on a serene beach, depicting Ripley affectionately planting a kiss on Matthews’ cheek, the backdrop painted in hues of oceanic tranquility.
As well-wishes poured in from supporters, a chorus of voices emerged, a subset of the wrestling community casting their playful shade upon the occasion, characteristic of the sport’s spirited fan culture.
Ripley, reigning as the Women’s World Champion, plies her craft within the WWE realm, where her on-screen narrative is interwoven with that of Dominik Mysterio, a male counterpart. In contrast, the man who holds her heart, Buddy Matthews, is part of AEW’s wrestling roster.
Comment sections brimmed with jests, a number of fans indulging in playful banter, suggesting that Matthews had knelt with a ring due to a dash of on-screen rivalry-induced jealousy.
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The exchanges unveiled comments such as, “He saw Dom Dom getting too touchy had 2 secure the bag,” and “Homie is feeling the pressure and had to do something.”
Amidst the lighthearted jibes, Ripley disclosed in an interview with indy100 that both she and Matthews have encountered their share of social media tumult, stemming from the inherent nature of their profession.
Speaking to the complexities they face, Ripley articulated, “It’s when people bring real life into the wrestling storyline. That’s when I’m like, you can’t be mixing both of them. And I know that my partner, Buddy, has been getting a lot of slack online. Like every time I post something with Dominik [Mysterio], he gets tagged in it.”
Her words encapsulated the tightrope these wrestlers walk, addressing the dichotomy of fan enthusiasm mingling with the deeply personal aspects of their lives. Through the jests and quips, Ripley and Matthews stand resilient, a testament to their understanding and bond that transcends the ringside drama.