WWE Superstar Rhea Ripley has recently been spotted at the Performance Center alongside fellow Australian wrestler Duke Hudson, a scenario that Hudson playfully shared on his official Twitter account. Hudson, currently a performer on the NXT brand, joined WWE on February 11, 2019, and shares a genuine friendship with Ripley outside of the ring.
Hudson's tweet offered a snapshot of him training with Ripley and a humorous caption that insinuated he found her company far from dismal. The spirited Australian woman responded kindly, stating she was "helping the newbies."
Duke Hudson: Training Path to WWE
Before stepping into the WWE limelight, Hudson demonstrated his wrestling prowess in the Australian promotion Melbourne City Wrestling (MCW), along with various stints in New Japan Pro-Wrestling and Progress Wrestling.
A bright WWE future seems plausible for the 33-year-old wrestler, who confidently showcased his in-ring abilities during the 2021 NXT Breakout Tournament. Within this tournament, Hudson triumphed over Ikemen Jiro in the first round, a victory he saw as unsurprising and fated.
Following this win, Hudson spoke with Samantha Irvin in a backstage interview. He asserted that his winning the tournament was predestined, confidently sending a message to Jiro and all others, "Better luck next time." [H/T WrestlingInc] However, Hudson's journey was cut short in the tournament's second round by Carmelo Hayes, who eventually emerged victorious after besting Odyssey Jones in the finals.
Despite this setback, at 33, Hudson's wrestling career is far from over, with much more left to achieve. As Duke Hudson's WWE journey progresses, an air of excitement ripples through his fanbase, eagerly awaiting his imminent rise to the main roster.
Yet, with this thrilling transition comes a new level of competition and heightened challenges. The burning question in everyone's mind is how this promising Australian wrestler will adapt and rise to these impending trials, ensuring his mark on the WWE landscape is both impactful and enduring.