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Scotty 2 Hotty Names His Two Favourite Students

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Former NXT coach Scotty 2 Hotty has discussed his time coaching at the WWE Performance Center and named his two favourite students to train.

In November 2021, Scott Garland, better known as Scott Taylor or Scotty 2 Hotty requested his release from WWE where he had been working as a coach in NXT for five years.

Speaking to Chris Van Vliet on his Insight podcast, Garland discussed his time coaching at the Performance Center and picked out two students that were his favourite to teach:

“Rhea Ripley and Raquel Gonzalez… Those are the two that I feel like I helped the most. Talk about a reward; Rhea will say I’m like a father figure to her; how much better can it get than that?”

“She was a 20-year old kid when she came in, and I’ve seen both her and Raquel grow up over the years. My last show that I produced for WWE was the WrestleMania on sale; the last segment was Rhea and Raquel standing in the stadium together; it can’t be any better than that.”

Gonzalez and Ripley met in what was Ripley’s last match on the NXT brand at New Year’s Evil in 2021. Big Mami Cool won that match and in April went on to win the NXT Women’s Championship from Io Shirai.

Just days after Gonzalez’s title success, Rhea Ripley captured the Raw Women’s Championship from Asuka on The Grandest Stage Of Them All at WrestleMania 37. Ripley held that title until July before losing to Charlotte Flair at Money In The Bank.

Scotty 2 Hotty also recently discussed his relationship with former tag team partner, the late Brian Christopher, and says the two men weren’t close at the height of their success.

h/t Sportskeeda