In the NXT episode of August 28, 2019, Rhea Ripley made her debut on the yellow roster, appearing in the ring and confronting the NXT Women's Champion Shayna Baszler, establishing herself as a face. Later that night, Ripley joined Triple H and the rest of the NXT roster as they declared war on both Raw and SmackDown, and vowed to win the 2019 Survivor Series brand warfare.
As part of the ongoing storyline, she defeated both Raw's Charlotte Flair and SmackDown's Sasha Banks in a triple threat match on the November 22 episode of SmackDown. In a recent interview with Mid-Day.com, she revealed her mental struggles while training at the Performance Center: “Yes, the training is great and the best in the world for wrestling.
Amazing medical staff and coaches, everything you could ever think of. My main problem was my own mental stability – it was never really strong when I was young and had a lot of problems. When you are away from family and friends at the Performance Center, and to think that I was not doing as well as I should be or being told that I could do better started getting to me and I did think about quitting a few times.
But at the end of the day, that is competitive sports and it happens across all sports. Your coaches will be tough on you and you have to learn to deal with it. The people strong enough to withstand that are the ones that really make it”.