Buddy Matthews made his way to AEW back in 2022 following his WWE release the prior year. He is currently a member of The House Of Black and has been on a roll as the AEW Trios Champion. Now it appears some believe he might be uncomfortable with Rhea Ripley’s relationship with Dominik Mysterio.

Buddy Matthews, fka Buddy Murphy in WWE, has been in a real-life relationship with Ripley for a long time now. The two have often shown each other a lot of love and support on social media, despite working in different companies.

Due to Rhea Ripley’s on-screen relationship with Dominik Mysterio, many fans and even pro wrestlers have joked that Buddy Matthews has insecurities with their relationship in a big way.

While speaking during a recent episode of her Eyes Up Here podcast, ECW legend Francine stated that she believes Buddy Matthews might be uncomfortable with Rhea Ripley’s relationship with Dominik Mysterio.


“Buddy’s in the business, Rhea’s in the business, Dom’s in the business, right? We are actors. This is a form of acting. We are role playing. We are characters. Sometimes storylines are romantic and involve touching and kissing and, you know, over the top innuendos. And your partner, especially if he’s in the wrestling business, needs to understand that it’s all a work. I’m sure Buddy gets it. Now, could he feel uncomfortable? Sure. No one wants to see their significant other rubbing on somebody else or kissing somebody or whatever.

You know, seeing your girlfriend, boyfriend, wife, husband, or whatever, it can be difficult. It can be uncomfortable. But, especially when you are part of the wrestling business, you know what to expect. These things happen. And Rhea and Dominik are getting over so much in the heel department and the fans will come at you and believe that there’s something going on. A 100% there’s gonna be those fans… It’s just the way the business is. You have to do things to go along with the story and I think Buddy gets it. He gets it. He’s probably friendly with Dominik. They were sitting at the Hall of Fame together. He knows what’s up.”

Rhea Ripley also previously hinted that she could convince Matthews to make his WWE return. We will have to wait and see whether Mathews will be returning to WWE eventually.

What’s your view on this story? Do you want to see Rhea Ripley and Buddy Matthews working together someday? Let us know in the comments!

Subhojeet Mukherjee

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