Ruby Riott has lifted the lid on how the Riott Squad came to be in WWE and how the trio was originally never meant to last longer than six weeks.
Ruby Riott, Sarah Logan, and Liv Morgan burst onto the WWE scene in November 2017 as the anarchic Riott Squad. The group launched attacks on their fellow female superstars, beating down Becky Lynch and Naomi on their first night together on SmackDown.
The group effectively ended for the first time after WrestleMania 35 in 2019. Riott took time off for an injury and Morgan and Logan were separated by the Superstar Shake-Up. Ruby Riott returned to the ring in February 2020 and shockingly attacked Morgan. This led to a feud between the two with Logan seemingly taking Morgan’s side. Sarah Logan’s involvement with the group ended when she was released from WWE on April 15th of that year.
Morgan and Riott soon reunited and were a pair up until Riott’s own release from WWE in June 2021. Riott was released alongside Braun Strowman, Aleister Black, Lana, Buddy Murphy, and Santana Garrett. This leaves Liv Morgan as the only remaining Riott Squad member left on the WWE roster.
Speaking on the Wrestling Perspective podcast, Riott discussed the origins of the Riott Squad saying that she only found out the trio would be debuting the day before it happened.
“I had no idea about the Riott Squad. I didn’t find out I was debuting on SmackDown until the day before while I was in Houston. Sonya Deville and myself were doing a TakeOver dark match and they told us we needed to stay. We were told we were doing dark matches for Raw and SmackDown and they were flying in Liv, Mandy, and Sarah. We were like, ‘Why would they fly people in when we just had all of NXT for TakeOver?'”
“We were trying to figure out what was going on and we were told that Sonya and Mandy would be debuting with Paige while myself, Liv, and Sarah would be the Riott Squad. It was incredible because myself and Sarah go way back, we’ve known each other for almost ten years. Liv fit right in. We were worried she wouldn’t feel welcome, but that girl is likable as hell and she fit right in.”
Ruby Riott then went on to say that the Riott Squad was originally an incredibly short-term idea, however, the group’s longevity may have had something to do with a movie WWE Chairman Vince McMahon had seen.
“From what I understand, we weren’t supposed to last more than six weeks. It was supposed to be like an entry and then we’d go our separate ways. We didn’t change anything about our characters to adhere to each other, we just stayed ourselves. What ended up happening was those three very different characters ended working well together and in contrast, so they kept us together.”
“It’s one of the most amazing parts of my career, working with those girls. Since it wasn’t supposed to go anywhere, we were able to morph it into what we thought it should be. I was also told that [Vince McMahon] had seen Suicide Squad and he wanted a Joker, a Harley Quinn, and a beast. Then, the Riott Squad was born. I don’t know how much truth there was to that, it was a rumor, but I wouldn’t doubt it. A lot of my career was right place right time.”
Several wrestling stars took to social media following Riott’s release to pay tribute to the star. These included former WWE SmackDown Women’s Champion, Bayley.