After months of speculation, Rhea Ripley has seemingly confirmed a relationship with Buddy Matthews, the former Buddy Murphy of WWE.
Signing with WWE in 2017, Rhea Ripley has risen to become one of the top female WWE Superstars. She’s amassed a number of championship reigns, stood her ground against the likes of Asuka and Charlotte Flair, and is now aligned with Finn Balor and Damian Priest in a rare mixed-gender stable.
Away from the ring, however, it appears that ‘The Eradicator’ could be dating from the perceived competition. Rhea posted a photo to her official Twitter page, showing her and Buddy Matthews cosied up with a black love heart emoji:
— RheaRipley_WWE (@RheaRipley_WWE) July 20, 2022
There had previously been rampant speculation that the two Aussie Superstars were committed to one another. In May, the former Raw Women’s Champion replied to a fan that the only thing Buddy had that they didn’t was “Me”, hinting at a close relationshih. They’ve also been spotted on various occasions working out together.
As Buddy Murphy, Matthews was signed to WWE for eight years, during which time he established himself as a top-tier talent. His flashy, hard-hitting style made him a standout of the cruiserweight division; outings with Cedric Alexander and Mustafa Ali put 205 Live on the map during this period.
He was released by WWE in June 2021 but signed with AEW in February this year, joining Malakai Black and Brody King as the third member of The House of Black. Outside of AEW, Buddy Matthews has also returned home to Australia, working a series of shows for World Series Wrestling.