Rhea Ripley likes her “Mami” nickname and revealed that one of her allies in The Judgment Day came up with it.
For the past ten months, Rhea Ripley has dominated the Raw women’s division with a ten-month reign as the Women’s World Champion, which was known as the Smackdown Women’s Championship at WrestleMania 39 when she won it.
While Ripley hasn’t faced every woman on the Raw roster yet, she has had a lot of competition and continues to find ways to leave with her championship.
Rhea Ripley is also supported by The Judgment Day group consisting of WWE Tag Team Champions Damian Priest & Finn Balor, Dominik Mysterio & JD McDonagh. Priest is also Senor Money in the Bank.
Due to Ripley’s on-screen “relationship” with Dominik, the couple often pays tribute to the late, great WWE Hall of Famer Eddie Guerrero. During a WWE storyline in 2005 when Eddie was feuding with Dominik’s father Rey Mysterio, there was a story that Eddie was Dominik’s father. Eddie would end up selling “I’m Your Papi” shirts with Papi being a Spanish word.
Who Gave Rhea Ripley The “Mami” Nickname?
It was revealed by Ripley in an interview with Sam Roberts on NotSamWrestling that it was Damian Priest who came up with the Mami nickname.
“[Mami] was a Priest thing. I went out there, came back after kneeing myself in the face and busting my front two teeth, I had braces for a week, it was great. I came back from that, and we came back on Rey’s anniversary.”
“That’s where I decided to be a little menace, be myself, and I ordered an Eddie Guerrero shirt and I came out with ‘I’m Your Papi’ shirt, just to see what the hell was going to happen from that. That was a me call and just me doing something that I thought was right and I wanted to stir the pot a little bit.”
“I started the whole Papi thing, I got told I couldn’t be Papi, so Priest was like, ‘Well, you’re Mami.’ I was like, ‘Damn straight I’m Mami. We’re going to roll with that.’ The Mami thing makes me feel comfortable. I just got out there and I’m a child version of myself. I go out there, have fun, do little menace things, make fun of people. Just going out there and having fun.”
At WWE Elimination Chamber, Rhea Ripley will get to compete in her home country of Australia where she’s likely going to be against Nia Jax.