It seems love knows no brand boundaries. The wrestling world was buzzing with delight as Rhea Ripley of WWE and Buddy Matthews from AEW announced their engagement, making them the newest power couple spanning both promotions.
Rhea Ripley, the reigning WWE Women's World Champion, expressed her jubilation on Instagram with an enthusiastic, "1000x YES! Pure F*****g happiness!" The Australian powerhouse solidified the announcement with a tender photograph of herself planting a gentle kiss on Matthews' cheek.
In the shot, the unmistakable gleam of an engagement ring captured the attention of her followers. The ring, a single-stone gem set on a distinctive black band, seems to be a nod to the edgy personas both have recently adopted.
Specifically, it aligns with the dark, mysterious airs both wrestlers have cultivated with Ripley in WWE's Judgment Day and Matthews in AEW's House of Black.
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The image on social media surely puts to rest any speculation arising from Ripley's on-screen narrative in WWE.
While she has been linked in storyline with "Papi" Dominik Mysterio, it's been common knowledge in wrestling circles that Ripley and Matthews have shared a romantic bond since 2022. The impending union isn’t just about personal milestones; it's also a merging of championship pedigrees.
While Ripley’s monumental win came at WrestleMania 39, making her the WWE Women's World Champion, Matthews too isn't trailing far behind in accolades. He's currently holding the AEW World Trios Champions title, won at the AEW Revolution in March.
Sharing this victory with Brody King and Malakai Black, Matthews has positioned himself as a dominant force in AEW. As fans of both promotions await further details about the engagement and potential nuptials, one thing is certain: this partnership between two of wrestling's most prominent stars further blurs the lines between WWE and AEW, suggesting that love, indeed, conquers all.