Demi Bennett (October 11, 1996) is an Australian female professional wrestler currently signed to the American promotion WWE on its developmental brand NXT under the ring name Rhea Ripley where she is also the inaugural WWE United Kingdom Women's Champion currently in her first reign. She has worked also for other Australian promotions such as Professional Wrestling Alliance and Riot City Wrestling.
Professional wrestling career
Australian Promotions (2013-2017)
Riot City Wrestling (2013-2017)
Bennett made her deubt in June 2013 in Riot City Wrestling at RCW Mean Street Mayhem 6. The following year on May 10 at RCW City Chicks Unleashed, Bennett won her first championship when defeated Savannah Summers to win the RCW Women's Championship. She held the title until November 15 at RCW City Chicks Unleashed 3 where she was defeated by Harley Wonderland in a title match. On December 6 at RCW Battle Ror Supremacy Bennett had a rematch for the title, but did not win the title due to Wonderland being counted out of the ring. Bennett returned the following year in 2015 on October 10 at RCW Key To The City in a Three Way match to determine the Number One Contender for the RCW Women's Championship. She won by defeating Blair Alexis and Harley Wonderland. At the 2015 RCW Powertrip, she faced the RCW Women's Champion Savannah Summers in a title match that ended in No Contest. Bennett returned on January 30, 2016 at RCW Reanimated where she met Savannah Summers in a rematch for the RCW Women's Title, but did not succeed in winning the championship. On October 22 at RCW Key To The City, Bennett met Summers again, at that time in a Three Way match in challenging the defending RCW Women's Champion Quinn Beauregard, resulting in Bennett winning the title and becoming a two-time Women's Champion.
On January 28, 2017 at RCW Reanimated, Bennett successfully defended her Women's Championship against Casey Johns. On April 22, Bennett wrestled her last RCW match at RCW Strength where she successfully defended the Women's title against Kellyanne.
Pro Wrestling Alliance (2013)
Newcastle Pro Wrestling (2014-2015)
New Horizon Pro Wrestling (2014-2015)
Bennett's New Horizon Pro Wrestling debut was made on May 24, 2014 at during the opening night of the NHPW Global Conflict where she joined the Global Conflict Tournament. She was eliminated during the first round of the tournament by Mercedes Martinez. She returned for the second night of the NHPW Global Conflict event, competing in a four way mixed tag team match paired with Garry Schmidt. Six months later, Bennett returned and was part of the opening night of the NHPW Final Chapter event, wrestling a Four Way Match against Madison Eagles, Evie and Saraya Knight with the vacant IndyGurlz Australia Championship at stake. However, Bennett did not win the title.
Melbourne City Wrestling (2014, 2016)
Bennett made her Melbourne City Wrestling debut in on June 14, 2014 at MCW New Horizons where she defended the RCW Women's title in a Three Way match against Savannah Summers and Toni Storm. On August 9 at MCW Clash Of The Titans, Bennett defeated Miami to retain her Women's Championship. Bennett continued her winning streak with a third consecutive victory, defeating Savannah Summers at MCW Fight For A Cause. On April 30, 2016, Bennett returned to MCW at MCW Ballroom Brawl in a match won by Kellyanne. On June 11 at MCW Hostile Takeover, Bennett teamed with Erika Reid to defeat Charli Evans & Shazza McKenzie in a tag match.
Outback Championship Wrestling (2015)
Bennett debuted on the January 30, 2015 edition of OCW where she defeated Kellyanne in a singles match. On March 20 at OCW Supershow, Bennett lost to Kellyanne in a rematch. On July 25 at OCW Extinction, Bennett lost to Vixsin in a singles match.
Wrestle Rampage (2015-2016)
Japanese Tour (2015-2016)
Pro Wrestling ZERO1 (2015)
On April 26, 2015, Bennett debuted at REINA Mexico Fiesta where she teamed Meiko Tanaka in a tag match won by Alex Lee & Makoto. On May 5, she returned to REINA during the 2015 REINA Golden Week Wrestling Festival where she wrestled a three-way match against Carmen Rose and Alex Lee. During the June 23 edition of REINA, Bennett defeated Konami.
World Woman Pro-Wrestling Diana (2016)
On April 5, 2015 Diana 4th Anniversary Show In Korakuen, Bennett debuted in a match against Kyoko Kimura. During the April 12 edition of Diana, Bennett teamed with Kaoru Ito to defeat Kyoko Inoue & Meiko Tanaka. Bennett teamed with Kaoru Ito again on May 10 in a tag match against Kyoko Inoue & La Comandante. Between singles matches, Bennett teamed with Kaoru Ito to defeat Carmen Rose & Kyoko Inoue. On the June 14 edition of Diana, Bennett teamed with Jaguar Yokota & Kaoru Ito in a tag match won by Kyoko Inoue, La Comandante & Yumiko Hotta.
World Wrestling Entertainment / WWE
Mae Young Classic (2017)
Bennett made her debut on July 13 to join the 2017 WWE Mae Young Classic tournament. Under the ring name Rhea Ripley, she eliminated Miranda Salinas in the first round. She advanced to the second rounds of the tournament held on July 14 where she was eliminated by Dakota Kai.
Signed to the WWE, Rhea Ripley joined the NXT roster making her debut on August 25, teaming with Ruby Riot & Zeda in a three-on-three tag team match against Mandy Rose, Taynara Conti & Vanessa Borne. Ripley wrestled her first NXT singles match on September 23, where she lost to Bianca Belair. On October 4, Ripley joined a Battle Royal Qualifier match held for the NXT Women's Championship. By the end of the battle royal Nikki Cross emerged the winner. Her second singles match was won by Ruby Riot on October 21. On October 27, Ripley participated in an NXT Halloween Costume Battle Royal won by Shayna Baszler. On November 10, Ripley wrestled her third singles match won by Dakota Kai. During December, Ripley wrestled in tag matches, including a match teaming with Abbey Laith in a losing effort to the Riott Squad (Liv Morgan & Sarah Logan) on the December 9th edition of NXT. She finished her debut year with a tag team victory, teaming Dakota Kai to defeat Reina Gonzalez & Sage Beckett.
Ripley returned to NXT on February 3, 2018 where she won her first victory, defeating Aliyah. She spent the remainder of February in singles matches against Shayna Baszler, Jessie Elaban and Kairi Sane. During the March 24th edition of NXT, Ripley teamed with Dakota Kai and Jessie Elaban to defeat Aliyah, Taynara Conti & Vanessa Borne in a six-woman tag match. She returned during the April 21st edition of NXT, in a match won by Reina Gonzalez.
At the August 26 NXT UK tapings in Birmingham, Ripley participated in an eight-woman tournament to determine the inaugural WWE NXT UK Women's Championship, in which she won by defeating Toni Storm at the final round becoming the inaugural champion. Returning to the United States, Ripley's first title defense was held on August 31 in Fort Pierce, Florida where she defeated Kacy Catanzaro to retain the UK Women's title.
- Finishing moves
- Full Nelson Slam
- Pumphandle Sitdown Powerbomb
- Signature moves
- Missile Dropkick
- Bennett Bomb
- Big Boot
- Hesitation Dropkick
- Missile Dropkick
- Delayed Vertical Suplex
- Northern Lights Suplex
- Entrance Theme
- "Second & Sebring" by Of Mice & Men
Championships and accomplishments
|WWE Mae Young Classic 2017 contestants|
Abbey Laith • Ayesha Ray • Bianca Belair • Candice LeRae • Dakota Kai • Jazzy Gabert • Kairi Sane • Kavita Devi • Kay Lee Ray • Lacey Evans • Marti Belle • Mercedes Martinez • Mia Yim • Miranda Salinas • Nicole Savoy • Piper Niven • Princesa Sugehit • Rachel Evers • Reina Gonzales • Renee Michelle • Rhea Ripley • Sage Beckett • Santana Garrett • Sarah Logan • Serena Deeb • Shayna Baszler • Taynara Conti • Tessa Blanchard • Toni Storm • Vanessa Borne • Xia Li • Zeda
|Mae Young Classic 2018 contestants|
|Aerial Monroe • Allysin Kay • Ashley Rayne • Deonna Purrazzo • Hiroyo Matsumoto • Io Shirai • Isla Dawn • Jinny • Kacy Catanzaro • Jessica Elaban • Kaitlyn • Karen Q • Kavita Devi • Killer Kelly • Lacey Lane • Meiko Satomura • Mercedes Martinez • Mia Yim • MJ Jenkins • Nicole Matthews • Priscilla Kelly • Rachel Evers • Reina Gonzalez • Rhea Ripley • Taynara Conti • Tegan Nox • Toni Storm • Vanessa Kraven • Xia Brookside • Xia Li • Zatara • Zeuxis|