Exclusive: Ruby Soho on Rancid theme and AEW All Out debut: "I felt like I was home"

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Photo credit: All Elite Wrestling (AEW)
Photo credit: All Elite Wrestling (AEW)

Ruby Soho was known to wrestling fans as Ruby Riott until she was released by WWE back in June.

Earlier this month, at All Out, Ruby debuted for AEW in front of a crowd who were already chanting for 'Ruby Soho' and ready to sing along the Rancid song where she took her name from.

Speaking exclusively to Digital Spy, Ruby described the moment she walked to the ring during the Women's Casino Battle Royale as The Joker and heard the chants for a name she hadn't even used on television before.

Photo credit: All Elite Wrestling (AEW)
Photo credit: All Elite Wrestling (AEW)

"I went into it with expectations of just, I really hope and pray that they like me, or they're happy to see me or they're happy that I am The Joker," Ruby said. "I went into it really hoping that they would accept me.

"So it was an amazing surprise, not only to hear 'Ruby' but 'Ruby Soho', which is a name I hadn't gone by yet. It just felt like the perfect beginning to this new chapter of my life, like these people know that this is a new start and they know that this is a different version of me and I'm excited to, you know, show who that really is."

Ruby taking on the name 'Ruby Soho' was cemented when she appeared on the Wrestling Perspective Podcast with Rancid guitarist Lars Frederiksen, who blessed her with the name and also gave her the use of their song as her entrance music.

Photo credit: All Elite Wrestling (AEW)
Photo credit: All Elite Wrestling (AEW)

Before Ruby made her big debut, listening to the song 'Ruby Soho' took on a whole different meaning for her.

"I definitely did listen to it with the thought of like, 'Wow, this is my music,'" Ruby said. "This is the song that I have listened to so many times and I would have never guessed that it was something I could actually use.

"I listened to it and, I have this thing, I always do this, I pictured in my head how I think it's going to go, I like to envision that moment. So I did it often with that thought in mind.

"But then actually coming out to it... the fans' reaction was leaps and bounds better than I had ever anticipated. Anything I could have pictured was not even close to how amazing the crowd was in Chicago. Everything was just perfect and just better than I could have ever described."

Photo credit: All Elite Wrestling (AEW)
Photo credit: All Elite Wrestling (AEW)

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After Ruby's debut, Lars texted her to say that not only was the moment cool but he was "honoured" to be a part of it.

"I told him, 'You guys made that moment that much more special to me,'" Ruby said.

"My love for punk and my love for pro wrestling came together in that moment. This is everything that has built me and who I am and it came together that night and it was because of [Lars] bestowing this amazing gift on me, being able to use the name and the song.

"'I was like, 'You helped make that moment that much more special even more than I could have ever imagined.'"

With her love of, not just punk music, but its aesthetic, Ruby never thought she would make it to WWE and even when she did, she never really felt like she fitted in.

"I never thought that I was going to make it to WWE," Ruby said. "At the time that I had started [wrestling], they weren't hiring women that looked like me.

Photo credit: All Elite Wrestling (AEW)
Photo credit: All Elite Wrestling (AEW)

"But then, right, place, right time, they started hiring people that looked different. But I still felt like I couldn't quite find my place and didn't quite fit in and then coming to AEW, it was instant. It was immediate, I felt like I was home."

She continued: "I think one of the best things about AEW is, and why our fans are so amazing, they see everyone on our roster as the most authentic version of themselves and I think they respond to that.

"I think that's why they're so connected and so rumbustious and so involved is because they can see, this is who this person is and they can relate to that.

"So I think that's one of the beautiful things about this place, it's just a wide variety from all different walks of life, all different kinds of people that are truly true to themselves."

Catch AEW Dynamite live every Thursday at 1am in the UK and Rampage every Saturday at 3am on FITE with an AEW Plus subscription. US customers can also watch both shows on TNT, and in the UK, Dynamite repeats air on ITV4.

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