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Marina Shafir Loved Working With Rhea Ripley and Raquel Gonzalez, Recalls Mixed Tag Match With Roderick Strong

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WrestleZone recently spoke with Marina Shafir, who called back to some of her favorite matches during her NXT run. Shafir picked out some traditional women’s and mixed tag team matches, noting how the latter prepared her to take on anything.

“I f-cking loved my matches with Rhea [Ripley] and Raquel [Gonzalez] when they were tagging. Oh sh-t, I just really enjoyed working with them. They f-cking pushed me, we had fun, they humbled me, they made me humble myself. I just had a lot of f-cking fun with them. I had a lot of fun and I learned a different aspect because of them, because of sharing a ring with them. When it was the three of us — me, Shayna [Baszler] and Jessamyn [Duke] —tagging against them, it was just fun,” she explained. “Rhea and Raquel were just personally, for me, homies and that’s when I was starting to get a little more comfortable with how I wanted to carry myself and whatnot.

“Then I did an inter-gender match where I tagged with Roddy [Strong] against Rhea and [Matt] Riddle. Random, and working with my husband has always been the most nerve-racking for me because he’s been through the f-cking fire and he just pushes the pace and he’s really good at what the f-ck he does and I didn’t want to disappoint him or myself and you just work for those moments,” Shafir said. “I was just more nervous but it was such a good experience because I realized ‘Oh, let that sh-t go in those moments’ and it’ll be fine and I had a lot of fun. Just a couple timing things were off but I didn’t give a sh-t, that sh-t was so fun. It was easy to put together and it was just a good experience because anytime I’ve worked with him in the ring, that has been the most nervous I have been working in front of a crowd. So, I already know nothing can top that.”

You can get out some of Marina Shafir’s work from WWE and the indies in free, full-length matches below:

Shayna Baszler, Marina Shafir & Jessamyn Duke vs Mia Yim, Karen Q & Rachael Evers

NXT Live — June 27, 2019

Roderick Strong & Marina Shafir vs Rhea Ripley & Matt Riddle

NXT Live — December 7, 2019

Marina Shafir vs. Brandi Lauren

RAW Underground — August 7, 2020

Heather Monroe & Ray Lyn (Blonde Force Trauma) vs Marina Shafir & Nate Andrews

Hurricane Pro “Gimmick MatchMania” — August 21, 2021

Cassandra Golden vs Marina Shafir

Championship Wrestling From Atlanta – October 7, 2021

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