WWE star Rhea Ripley opens up about tense airport situation with autograph seekers: ‘They’re just bugging me’

WWE Superstar Rhea Ripley spoke about an incident at an airport earlier this week, prompting a short tweet for those heavily seeking her autograph in public spaces.

Ripley explained the situation to USA Network when she bumped into a particular fan at the airport, and after refusing to sign anything, they followed her, prompting others to join in.

«It’s kind of entitlement when some fans expect us to do it and they start to make a fuss if we say no. So I had a fan follow me out of the airport today because I told them no because I didn’t have the time and it was all the same thing they wanted signed,» Ripley said.

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Rhea Ripley during the women’s five-on-five elimination match during WWE Survivor Series at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York on November 21, 2021. (Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports)

«He was a fan specifically, he’s notorious, he’s always at the airport getting our signatures and selling them on eBay. We know his face, we know who he is. He was the main instigator, he followed me and others followed him, and they all followed me while I was trying to find my Uber so I’m trying to tell them no and they’re all being persistent and I ended up getting lost I had no idea where my Uber was and I ended up going downstairs away from everyone else and I’m surrounded by these five guys and They are bothering me.

«I don’t think people understand how threatening that is. Especially since you don’t know what’s going to happen. I don’t know these people.»

Ripley made it clear that she has no problem taking photos with fans and loves the support, but is opposed to those trying to «make a quick buck.»

Rhea Ripley speaks to members of the media during a press conference following the WWE Royal Rumble at the Alamodome in San Antonio on January 28, 2023.

Rhea Ripley speaks to members of the media during a press conference following the WWE Royal Rumble at the Alamodome in San Antonio on January 28, 2023. (Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports)

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«If you want a picture, I’m willing to take a picture, and I know everyone else is too. If you have a picture of you and us together, I’m going to sign it because it’s personal and I know you’re going to keep that. and appreciate it, and you’re a real fan, you’re not just trying to make a quick buck on us while we’re at the airport,» he said. «Especially in an airport, in many cases, we’re sleep deprived, we’re in a hurry, we haven’t eaten, and then there are people jumping on our throats expecting something from you. It’s just a lot.»

Ripley said that she wants the same respect as any other normal person.

Ripley has had a fantastic few months leading up to WrestleMania. She won the women’s Royal Rumble match as the first entrant to receive the opportunity against Charlotte Flair.

Rhea Ripley reacts after winning the WWE Royal Rumble at the Alamodome on January 28, 2023 in San Antonio.

Rhea Ripley reacts after winning the WWE Royal Rumble at the Alamodome on January 28, 2023 in San Antonio. (Alex Bierens deHaan/Getty Images)

Ripley hasn’t really lost on TV in a long time. She was a member of the losing bracket in a three-way match on «Monday Night Raw» in December, when Bayley was victorious against her and Asuka. She then lost in a mixed tag team match with Finn Balor to Edge and Beth Phoenix.

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