Scotty 2 Hotty, a revered producer and coach at All Elite Wrestling (AEW), recently spoke about the monumental progress of two female WWE Superstars he mentored—Rhea Ripley and Raquel Rodriguez. The industry veteran reminisced about the initial phases of these athletes' careers at WWE's Performance Center, expressing immense pride in the strides they've made.
Ripley and Rodriguez are now integral to the WWE Raw women's division. Scotty 2 Hotty caught up with "Wrestling With Johnners" for an exclusive interview. "It's like watching your children grow," he said. "Rhea's transformation has been nothing short of phenomenal.
Her 'Mami' persona in The Judgment Day storyline has cemented her spot at the top. And with Raquel, you see, the jet is just taking off."
Ripley and Rodriguez Ascend
Rhea Ripley has undergone a dramatic character metamorphosis since her early days.
She is currently reigning as the WWE Women's World Champion, while Raquel Rodriguez is just a little behind, securing title shots and presently slated for a marquee match at WWE's Crown Jewel event. "Sometimes the creative spark doesn't come instantly.
But when it does, it's like catching lightning in a bottle," Scotty 2 Hotty revealed. "We're witnessing this alchemy with Rhea, and it's beginning to take shape for Raquel." Both athletes were recognized for their talents early on as part of WWE NXT, each holding the NXT Women's Championship at different points.
Scotty believes that WWE's higher-ups saw something extraordinary in them from the onset. "These women are transcending the sport," he asserted. "I wouldn't be surprised to see Rhea and Raquel stepping into Hollywood roles in the future." To add another layer to this narrative, industry insiders speculate that Rhea Ripley's wrestling style and charisma have also garnered attention from MMA promoters.
However, she remains committed to her wrestling career for now. Rodriguez, on the other hand, is generating buzz within wrestling circles for her improving in-ring technical prowess and is widely expected to have a breakout year in 2024.
As for Scotty 2 Hotty, the celebrated trainer and producer continues to play a pivotal role in shaping future stars, now at AEW. But the accomplishments of Ripley and Rodriguez will forever stand as testaments to his effective mentorship in WWE.